Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Imprecation and the Scriptures

Have you ever been outraged at the darkness and God-lessness of the evil present in our world? Ever experienced your blood-pressure soaring in zealous hatred of incredible wickedness? I must admit that although there are things that I encounter at work that I despise, I've never experienced such intense outrage at the ravaging wickedness in our world as I have since my shift last night.

Needless to say we encountered a particularly vile darkness during this shift. While sifting through the emotions of it all I found a unique difficulty turning to prayer about it. My mind rustling with imprecations I found myself spontaneously unleashing an imprecatory prayer in an e-mail to a friend about this situation.

I must admit I haven't delved much into the imprecatory Psalms, but found myself feeling what some of these Psalmists surely felt as they penned these pleas to God for His intervention and justice.

A few examples of such verses (

Psalm 55:15
Let death take my enemies by surprise; let them go down alive to the grave.

Psalm 58:6
O God, break the teeth in their mouths.

Psalm 69:28
May they be blotted out of the book of life and not be listed with the righteous.

Psalm 109:9
May his children be fatherless and his wife a widow.

In case you may be wondering how all of this fits into the New Testament scheme of things, take a look at these verses:

Matthew 23:13
But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.

Matthew 26:23-24
And he answered and said, He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me. 24 The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born.

1 Corinthians 16:22
If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha.

Galatians 1:8-9
But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

Galatians 5:12
I would they were even cut off which trouble you.

2 Timothy 4:14

Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works:

Revelation 6:10
And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?

That said, this is the imprecatory prayer that exploded onto my keyboard this morning:

Oh that You would rend the heavens and come down. That You would arm Yourself for this warfare and engage in battle against the God-lessness and unrighteousness of our day. Oh Lord hear, Oh Lord see, Oh Lord act on behalf of Your own righteousness and justice. May the wicked perish in the wine-press of Your matchless fury. Might they be torn to pieces in Your spectacular judgments. May You bring them to an end quickly that they may begin to taste of Your unending justice. Bend Your bow oh Warrior King. Unsheathe Your sword. May Your eternal justice be revealed to all, that Your Name may be feared. Act on behalf of the helpless, the fatherless, the victimized and defenseless. Pour out Your wrath on those who take part in such wickedness.


Mike said...

I must admit, I've done the same. Not very often, but I have prayed similarly. We obviously have to take great care and not pray demise on everybody...I think that would indicate more about what's in our hearts if we couldn't be patient with people. But there are times when it is appropriate to be just fed up with the wicked and turn them over to God's divine wrath.

By the way, what was the situation?

Good post, bro. Be on guard!

Unbreakable Joy said...

It's likely not appropriate to even name such wickedness in this venue. Suffice it to say that I'm sure in your time with the MSP you have encountered this wickedness as well.

I've never encountered anything so dark and vile as this.

I would speak with you further about it in person.

Steve Spray said...

Such Psalms and their New Testament equivalents are so very insightful into the God and His saints. I struggled with them for a long time. Great post. Thanks.

Unbreakable Joy said...

Thanks Steve.