February 24, 2020 – Monday
Psalm 69:22-28 NIV
22 May the table set before them become a snare; may it become retribution and a trap.
23 May their eyes be darkened so they cannot see, and their backs be bent forever.
24 Pour out your wrath on them; let your fierce anger overtake them.
25 May their place be deserted; let there be no one to dwell in their tents.
26 For they persecute those you wound and talk about the pain of those you hurt.
27 Charge them with crime upon crime; do not let them share in your salvation.
28 May they be blotted out of the book of life and not be listed with the righteous.
Some view the above verses as prophecies of the destruction of Christ’s persecutors, Matthew Henry in particular. Matthew Henry adds When the supports of life and delights of sense, through the corruption of our nature, are made the food and fuel of sin, then our table is a snare. Their sin was, that they would not see, but shut their eyes against the light, loving darkness rather; their punishment was, that they should not see, but should be given up to their own hearts’ lusts which hardened them. Those who reject God’s great salvation proffered to them, may justly fear that his indignation will be poured out upon them.
So who are those who are lost and will be blotted out of the book of life? Know that God does not shut anyone out from the righteousness available through the gospel – none are excluded, except those who by unbelief shut themselves out; those who are proud and self-willed, so they will not come into God’s righteousness shall have their doom accordingly; they themselves decide it. (emphasis added) (Matthew Henry)
David Guzik quotes Kidner who states Most draw a contrast between these severe prayers (as in this Psalm) of David and what seems to be a more loving approach to enemies taught in the New Testament. “But the very juxtaposition of David cursing his tormentors and Jesus praying for His, brings out the gulf between type and antitype, and indeed between accepted attitudes among saints of the Old Testament and the New.” Is this necessarily correct?Consider that the more loving approach in the New Testament is often given by the example in the great forgiveness Jesus showed even for those who nailed Him to the cross. But wait, consider the following: G. Campbell Morgan had a somewhat contrary analysis: “He said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.’ That was a prayer inspired by His freedom from all personal vindictiveness. Neither in that prayer, nor in any of His teachings, can we find a word of tolerance for those who do evil, knowing that it is evil.”
Consider what Jesus told Nicodemus 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God. (John 3) There are those who hate the light and love their sin so much that Paul added 32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them. (Romans 1) Today they even seek to have us approve of those who practice them.
However, we are afforded the wonderful choice between light or darkness. If we choose light we receive the mercy of forgiveness and a new life in Christ because God loved us while we were yet sinners. Let us choose light and practice our faith in following Him.
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
Calvary Chapel of Dayton