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The Persecutor's Reward

Psalms 109:1-20 :

For the Chief Musician. A Psalm by David.

God of my praise, don’t remain silent,
for they have opened the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of deceit against me.
They have spoken to me with a lying tongue.
They have also surrounded me with words of hatred,
and fought against me without a cause.
In return for my love, they are my adversaries;
but I am in prayer.
They have rewarded me evil for good,
and hatred for my love.
Set a wicked man over him.
Let an adversary stand at his right hand.
When he is judged, let him come out guilty.
Let his prayer be turned into sin.
Let his days be few.
Let another take his office.
Let his children be fatherless,
and his wife a widow.
Let his children be wandering beggars.
Let them be sought from their ruins.
Let the creditor seize all that he has.
Let strangers plunder the fruit of his labor.
Let there be no one to extend kindness to him,
neither let there be anyone to have pity on his fatherless children.
Let his posterity be cut off.
In the generation following let their name be blotted out.
Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered by Yahweh.
Don’t let the sin of his mother be blotted out.
Let them be before Yahweh continually,
that he may cut off their memory from the earth;
because he didn’t remember to show kindness,
but persecuted the poor and needy man,
the broken in heart, to kill them.
Yes, he loved cursing, and it came to him.
He didn’t delight in blessing, and it was far from him.
He clothed himself also with cursing as with his garment.
It came into his inward parts like water,
like oil into his bones.
Let it be to him as the clothing with which he covers himself,
for the belt that is always around him.
This is the reward of my adversaries from Yahweh,
of those who speak evil against my soul.

Before I start talking about this, I want to remind you what this isn't talking about. This is not about generational curses as I have commented on numerous times before. God does not punish children for fathers or fathers for children. When adult children of a wicked man suffer, it is for their own willingness to follow the ways of their father, although some suffering is caused by a bad father, as we all know in our culture. That being said, this song is a very serious curse. Those who choose to persecute Christians are under this curse unless they, themselves, become a Christian.

My thoughts go to a very famous man who wrote a large portion of the New Testament. Paul persecuted Christians and thought he was doing a service for God. He would have been under this curse, but instead, became a Christian and did all he could to help Christians. He was then one of the most persecuted Christians that has ever lived, as is recorded in 2 Corinthians 11:16-33.

Those who persecute Christians should be very afraid. The Christian will get a huge reward in Heaven, and the persecutor reserves a dark place in hell. I like how David, when he was being persecuted, said: "but I am in prayer." He said this in the context of the fact that his enemies were hating him in return for his love. This is probably the most horrible evil the world knows.

You and I have been persecutors too. Jesus was persecuted by us when we didn't give Him love in return for His. As Christians, God has solved the problem forever when Jesus became a curse for us, but before we were Christians we were under the curse too. Our hope is that everyone who persecutes Christians today will come to know Jesus, but if they don't, they have much to fear.

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