PSALM 58:THE TIMES WE LIVE IN

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-by Andre Botha

Isn’t it ironic that in the current political climate we should reflect on Psalm 58, or is it? This Psalm (verses 1 – 5) is in so many ways describing our current situation in this beloved country of ours.

Psalm 58 is a Psalm of Imprecation, meaning a psalm where the psalmist asks God for bad things to happen to people or for God to punish bad people. Currently social media is full of messages calling for protests and mass actions against the leaders of our country. All over believers and non-believers are sending negative and sometimes harsh comments.

Let us as believers reflect on the Word of God and not conform to the world and how the world reacts in situations.

The Word of God tells us “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land..” 2 Chronicles 7:14

Verse 11 says;

People will say, “There is a reward for the *righteous.
There is a God that *judges what happens on earth”.

We are not to judge, only God judges. Let us walk in right standing with God.

In verse 6-8 we find the imprecation;

v6   God, break their teeth in their mouths! (stop them from hurting good people)
*LORD, destroy the teeth of those *lions! (the teeth that hurt people)

v7, v8   May they:
   become weak and *flow away *like water
   be *like grass that dies after people walk on it
   be *like an *abortion that people forget
   be *like a child born dead that does not see the sun.

If “break their teeth” seems a bad thing to pray, remember that it means “stop them from hurting good people”.

Notice that it is not David that takes action against the wicked but he is praying that God would take action against them.

Let us put our trust in the Name that is above all names, the ruler of heaven and earth and let us act in the Spirit and not in our own flesh. God is in control, no matter what it looks like through the human eye. Let us keep our hearts pure at all times and follow God’s instruction by praying for our enemies (those whose teeth hurt us). Praying God forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.

Is it easy? No, BUT “in Christ we can do all things”.

Shalom.

ANDRE BOTHA

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