11 May the groans of the prisoners come before you;
with your strong arm preserve those condemned to die.
12 Pay back into the laps of our neighbour seven times
the contempt they have hurled at you, Lord.
13 Then we your people, the sheep of your pasture,
will praise you forever;
from generation to generation
we will proclaim your praise
Sometimes in the psalms we read things that both make us baulk and, also, make us realise the psalmist is a real person with real emotions. Who among us has not thought about God visiting revenge on people who hurt us? This psalm says, 'Lord, get them! Repay them sevenfold for what they have done to us.' I know it says repay them for how they have taunted you, God. However, can we not hear ourselves in this: 'Lord, get them because they are standing in the way of the Kingdom work we are doing.'
The psalmist goes onto say that if God repays the enemies then his people will praise him. Interesting, isn't it - is our praise so conditional?
Lord God Almighty, help me to praise you whatever the context. You are worthy of my praises. You did not withhold your only Son. Thank you for Jesus. In hie name. Amen.