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Imprecations and Blessings

Anchor Devotional - 01.17.15


"Help us, O God our Savior, for the glory of your name; deliver us and forgive our sins for your name's sake."
(PSALM 79:9)

Psalm 79

We often read the Psalms and delight in the words of comfort, encouragement and praise found there. If you read the entire collection, however, you will not be able to avoid those that call down curses on others. “Banish them for their many sins” (Psalm 5:10), “Break the teeth in their mouths, O God” (Psalm 58:6), and “Pour out your wrath on the nations” (Psalm 79: 6) are passages that seem out of line with the words of peace and thanksgiving throughout the rest of this book.

Bible scholars call these imprecatory prayers, curses that someone might use against something or someone, especially an enemy. In Psalm 139, David prays an imprecation (v. 19), but then he cries out for God to search his heart and remove any offensive thought.

While on earth, Jesus taught of love and caring, finishing that work at Calvary. We still deal with situations that make us want to call down the wrath of God. But Jesus stands offering compassion and forgiveness. Through Him we have salvation and hope
for eternity.

Scripture Focus

Psalm 79

Insight

"HAVE MERCY ON ME, O GOD, ACCORDING TO YOUR UNFAILING LOVE..."

(PSALM 51:1)

Read the Bible

  • Genesis 33-34
  • Psalm 17
  • Matthew 25