SUNDAY, JULY 28
Scripture: Psalm 109:1-13, 16-20,
Psalm 109:16-20 says, “Because he did not remember to show mercy, But persecuted the poor and needy man, That he might even slay the broken in heart. As he loved cursing, so let it come to him; As he did not delight in blessing, so let it be far from him. As he clothed himself with cursing as with his garment, So let it enter his body like water, And like oil into his bones. Let it be to him like the garment which covers him, And for a belt with which he girds himself continually. Let this be the Lord’s reward to my accusers, And to those who speak evil against my person.” Notice how David was asking that God return to the person exactly what they have proclaimed themselves, “As he loved cursing, so let it come to him;… As he clothed himself with cursing as with his garment, So let it enter his body like water,…” Verse 20 says, “Let this be the Lord’s reward to my accusers,…” David was declaring the principle of axios judgment and God certainly brought it to pass. What is interesting is, that in the New Testament we see the very same principle. It is obvious that axios not only starts out in Genesis, but that it goes all the way to the book of Revelation. In 2 Timothy 4:14, Paul was praying an axios prayer over Alexander the coppersmith, his enemy. 2 Timothy 4:14 says, “Alexander the coppersmith did me much harm. May the Lord repay him according to his works.” When Paul asked the Lord to repay him according to his works, that was an axios prayer. And we can assume it came as New Testament justice!