Day 34 | Austin Davis

Psalm 58/59

David is lamenting about the evils of the world and that which opposes his kingdom. His frustration is written poetically and violently in the following verses.

“The wicked are estranged from the womb; they go astray from birth, speaking lies. They have venom like the venom of a serpent, like the deaf adder that stops its ear, so that it does not hear the voice of charmers or of the cunning enchanter.” (Psalm 58:3-5)

Sometimes something will get me so worked up inside that I cannot help but to go on a fiery rant about how terrible that thing is. I assume you understand what I am talking about. Simply think of the thing that “triggers” you and read along with verse 3 through 5.

“O God, break the teeth in their mouths; tear out the fangs of the young lions, O Lord!” (Psalm 58:6)

David is obviously triggered, but there is something I think should be understood when reading these anger-filled psalms.

This is poetry.

David is expressing his feelings and thoughts.

God’s justice is merciful.

The fact is, God loves the people David is praying against. Prayer isn’t always about what is best for us, it is about expressing our honest feelings. David is being honest with God, and God is listening.

This Psalm challenges me to be more honest like David is being to God. It is important to strive to be Christlike in our love and forgiveness of others, but honesty about our frustrations is a vital piece of healthy communication with God.

“But I will sing of your strength; I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning. For you have been to me a fortress and a refuge in the day of my distress. O my Strength, I will sing praises to you, for you, O God, are my fortress, the God who shows me steadfast love.”(Psalm 59:16-17)

Whether you find yourself hating something or being hated, know that God’s love is unconditional and so incredibly deep for all of his creation.

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