By: Steve Negley

Posted: October 2, 2023

Category: Daily Devotional


Do you indeed decree what is right, you gods?
Do you judge people fairly?
No, in your hearts you devise wrongs;
your hands deal out violence on earth.

The wicked go astray from the womb;
they err from their 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.

 O God, break the teeth in their mouths;
tear out the fangs of the young lions, O Lord!
Let them vanish like water that runs away;
like grass let them be trodden down
 and wither.
Let them be like the snail that dissolves into slime,
like the untimely birth that never sees the sun.
Sooner than your pots can feel the heat of thorns,
whether green or ablaze, may he sweep them away!

10 The righteous will rejoice when they see vengeance done;
they will bathe their feet in the blood of the wicked.
11 People will say, “Surely there is a reward for the righteous;
surely there is a God who judges
 on earth.”

Jesus taught us to pray for our enemies. I know that. I have tried that on occasion. And, at other times, I have hummed along to this tune of David, asking for vengeance.

I hope I have advanced on my discipleship walk from wanting to bathe my feet in the blood of the wicked. But, still, I would like some reward for the righteous (If I am counted among the righteous.)

This discipleship thing is hard.


God, help me to walk a little more closely to my Lord, Jesus, who asked You to forgive those who had nailed Him to a cross. Help my feelings to be more like this Son of David, than David himself. Help me, I pray, in Jesus’ name. Amen.