I was teaching my theology students how to use the Book of Psalms to pray when one student asked me which was the best Psalm to use when seeking God’s help.
The question brought to mind Psalm 109, which was among the first chapters I studied in depth and memorized by heart in the Book of Psalms.
Borrowing from that knowledge, I enlightened my students on the specifics of this prayer and its use. The class, however, helped me realize that there are those of you also wondering, how to use Psalms 109 in prayer.
Psalm 109 can be used to request God for help during times of weakness, to seek deliverance, and also to ask God for Mercy and a heart full of Glory. It also affirms the belief that God is the defender and that Christians should fully trust in the Judgment of Christ.
In this post, I’ll share more information about Psalm 109, its summary, and the use of this scripture in prayers. Let’s get right into it!
Summary of Psalms 109
Psalm 109 is also called the lamenting or cursing psalm, with some believers calling it the imprecatory Psalm of lament.
Throughout the Psalm, David prays to God and calls to Him to judge and punish wrongdoers and wicked enemies.
In this chapter, David accuses his wicked enemies of making baseless fabrications without cause and that he felt betrayed.
In both the opening and the closing of this chapter, David laments about his enemies and prays to God to settle accounts with his enemies.
David uses this chapter to call for calamities on the enemies, and this verse is regarded as one of the strongest of His imprecatory psalms as he curses his enemies.
How do you pray the Psalms 109?
While Psalm 109 represents David’s lamentations against his enemies, and he asks God to judge and punish them, this chapter is also regarded as an important scripture and prayer, and it can be used when praying for different things or prayer requests.
Prayer for deliverance – Psalm 109:1-3 is a prayer of deliverance, and you can pray to God using this Psalm, asking God to deliver you from the hatred of your enemies: “My God, whom I praise, do not remain silent, for people who are wicked and deceitful have opened their mouths against me; they have spoken against me with lying tongues. With words of hatred they surround me; they attack me without cause.”
The scripture, in itself, is a prayer, and so, if you wish to pray to God for deliverance, you may want to recite the prayer as it appears in the scripture.
Prayer for deliverance in case of ingratitude from the people you hate – Psalm 109:4-5 is considered a prayer through which you can ask God to deliver you from the ingratitude of all the people you hate or the individuals who may have conspired against you: “In return for my friendship they accuse me, but I am a man of prayer. They repay me evil for good, and hatred for my friendship.”
Prayer as a prophecy about doom and asking for the destruction of your family’s enemies -Psalm 109:6-13 and Psalm 109:14-20 talk about the destruction of the enemy’s sins.
Asking for help – Psalm 109:21-25 is considered a plea for help, and the psalmist wrote these verses asking God for help at a time of weakness.
This prayer is advised when feeling weak and without the strength to deal with one’s troubles or enemies.
Prayer requesting a heart that glorifies God – Psalm 109:26-29 is a prayer by David asking God for a heart that glorifies God for all his majestic works and blessings.
Praising God – Psalm 109:30-31 is also a prayer through which David praises God for the answers that he will provide. This part of the prayer represents David’s acknowledgment of God’s greatness and how God delivers the desires of His people’s hearts: “With my mouth I will greatly extol the Lord; in the great throng of worshipers I will praise him. For he stands at the right hand of the needy, to save their lives from those who would condemn them.”
When praying, Christians are encouraged to praise God, even as they seek God’s help and deliverance.
What is Psalms 109 prayer for vengeance?
Psalm 109:6-20 represents David’s prayer for vengeance and the destruction of his enemy’s sins. In this prayer, David prophesies doom through his prayers, praying for the destruction of the enemy’s family, the judgment of whoever is found guilty, and also praying for the enemy’s children to become fatherless.
David also prayed for the destruction of all the sins of the enemy without showing any Mercy.
What is Psalms 109 prayer against the wicked?
David prayed to God and asked Him to destroy the sins of His enemies. In this prayer – Psalm 109:14-20, David prayed that the sins and iniquities of the fathers be remembered and held against the enemy.
It’s also written that David prayed for the persecution of the needy and the poor. He also prayed for the cursing of the wicked and his enemies in retaliation for his revenge and public justice.
Can anyone use the Psalm 109 prayer?
Yes, anyone can make use of prayer, especially when facing problems. However, praying and asking for God’s help in times of need doesn’t have to be guided by Psalm 109.
Anyone can pray using any other Psalm, but if you are struggling with other people and feel that God would punish them for their wickedness, then the Psalm 109 prayer would be ideal.
Note that besides praying for judgment and punishment against his enemies, Psalm 109 can be used by anyone praying for God’s help in times of need.
It’s also recommended as a prayer for praising God for his majestic power and strength.
What do bible commentators say about Psalms 109?
The Psalm 109 prayer is considered unpleasant. It uses harsh words and laments against David’s enemies, while David asks God to use some of the harshest punishments and judgments against all his enemies.
In this Chapter, God seeks punishment for his enemies and asks for the harshest enemies, to the extent of asking God to punish the enemies’ children and widows.
So, while the prayer ends with David praising God, it’s not considered the most comforting prayer.
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