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Psalm 109, December 2009

Some people are of the notion that many Psalms correspond prophetically to Gregorian years or years on the Jewish calendar. In any case I will now share with you the last portions of Psalm 109, the less angry section.

They may curse, but you will bless; when they attack they will be put to shame, but your servant will rejoice.
My accusers will be clothed with disgrace and wrapped in shame as in a cloak.
With my mouth I will greatly extol the LORD; in the great throng I will praise him.
For he stands at the right hand of the needy one, to save his life from those who condemn him.

Psalm 109:28-31 (NIV)

Being “clothed with disgrace and wrapped in shame” is part of the “reward” to be received by the people who attack those of us who despise the shame. They accuse us of being in favor of legalizing rape, murder, child molestation, theft, and other crimes against others. They imply — or explicitly accuse us — of having low or no morals.

They don’t understand this yet, but the very words they speak and their actions are indelible, becoming more a part of them than the food they eat!

This passage also describes what Jesus taught us: pray for those who treat us badly and curse us, give God the credit God deserves, and God is always at hand to help us.

Thank you Heavenly Father for helping us to be like Gandhi and Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. among others: non-violent and repaying evil with good. Thank you for helping us to be like Confucius and Solomon, seeking insight and wisdom.

Thank you Heavenly Father for helping them — and us — to the best our our abilities, to be like Jesus.

Amen.