Anyone ever make you mad? They unjustly attacked you or criticized you. Perhaps they did more than that… they were clearly out to get you – even destroy you. If the truth were known, it has become increasingly hard for you to think a kind thought about them. In fact, it doesn’t take much to set you off when it comes to telling someone else what you think of that person. You’d probably like to find a way to get even with them for what they did. It was unfair – completely unfair!
In my Bible reading this morning during “coffee with the Lord” I read what could be called an “imprecretory psalm.” In it David says, “Wicked and deceitful mouths are opened against me, speaking against me with lying tongues. They encircle me with words of hate, and attack me without cause! … They reward me evil for good, and hatred for my love.” (Verses 2-3, 5) My hunch is, all of us sometime in our lives have felt we could identify with David.
Later in the Psalm (verses 6-20) David gets his feeling about these people “off his chest in no uncertain terms!” You really ought to read them… Wow! In fact, I wrote these words in the flyleaf of my Bible this morning, “David, why don’t you tell us how you really feel?!”
Now there may be those that criticize David for what he said… They would call his words less than charitable – perhaps not very godly – certainly “pre-Christian. Here’s my take on it… What he “got off his chest” he expressed to the right person… GOD! He didn’t spread it “around the neighborhood!” Secondly, prayer is the right context for such feelings… God is a great listener and therapist! An honest encounter with Him about your feelings can result in healing and regained perspective… In fact it can be a context, where along with Him, you can get your feelings right!
Embedded, however, in this bit of David “getting things off his chest” is something of a spiritual treasure and wonderful insight… David says, “In return for my love they accuse, but I give myself to prayer!” I’ve got to tell you, I’m impressed with that kind of resolve. When someone does something that just makes me mad and that I consider to be very unfair, I want to respond with that level of grace… Instead of retaliation and bitterness I want to be able to say “I give myself to prayer!”