Many thanks to John Trigg for leading this discussion on July 2.
In our Thursday Zoom class, we recently studied Psalm 1 and my friend Laura Alvarez shared a visual device she uses with children to help them memorize it. She said it would be OK for me to share it so here it is. Find the pattern at sycamorechurch.com.
For further reading and listening on the topic, I recommend the following:
Excerpt from book by Gary Yates and David Croteau: Urban Legends of the Old Testament: “Imprecatory Psalms are Horrible Models for Christian Prayer."
Love for Enemies in the Old Testament, by Matt Lynch in Theological Miscelleny.
Examples of Imprecatory Psalms. The abridged text of some of the most notable examples.
"Those Bad Psalms," an article by Gordon Wilson.
An audiorecording of a sermon on the topic by Shane Scott of Valrico, Florida.
On April 2 and 9, we had two animated virtual discussions (using Zoom) of the proper way to view "Imprecatory Psalms," those where David calls on God to punish his enemies. I want to think everyone that contributed. Definitely gave me a lot to think about. Three key questions we discussed:
3. How should we think about David’s call for curses upon his enemies?
Example from Psalm 109
May his children be fatherless
and his wife a widow.
May his children be wandering beggars;
may they be driven from their ruined homes.
May a creditor seize all he has;
may strangers plunder the fruits of his labor.
May no one extend kindness to him
or take pity on his fatherless children.
May his descendants be cut off,
… Blot out their name from the earth.
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