Psalms 69 Blog post
In the light of Jesus’ instruction to love our enemies, how should we handle the Psalms in which enemies are cursed in such descriptive language? (1) We may apply the counsel of Peter who said that some things in the Bible are hard to understand, and so ignore them; or (2) we may assume that because they are in the Bible that they are inspired and good, or (3) we can struggle to understand them.
New Testament writers quoted more times from this psalm than from any other, applying many portions to the life of Jesus. Thus, we almost expect to hear “forgive them for they know not what they do,” but instead we find the curses. David concluded this Psalm with the plea “may they be blotted out of the book of life” (verse 29).
So should we adopt Jesus’ forgiving attitude to our detractors or David’s attitude of cursing? Since the next Psalm of David (Psalm 70) also has elements of curse we will continue the discussion tomorrow.