Psalm 6:8-10 Praying For The Enemy
“Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity;
for the Lord has heard the voice of my weeping.
The Lord has heard my supplication;
the Lord will receive my prayer.
Let all my enemies be ashamed and greatly troubled;
let them turn back and be ashamed suddenly.”
(New King James Version)
(Please note: For the purpose of this devotion the word “man/men” will be used in its gender-neutral form, meaning “man/men” or “woman/women”.)
We see in these verses a sudden change in David…from a negative, depressed state of mind to a positive and joyful one. What caused this change and why? Notice, he again mentions the “workers of iniquity”. These were the ones who so falsely accused David of pretending to love and worship God. These are the ones who do falsely accuse you and me also. Have you noticed that when you are feeling down or bad about something there are those who like to “kick you while you are down”? I know of some who have lost a child to death and then been told by someone to blame God. Yes, blame God and quit serving him because if God really was love then he would not let your child die. Many times when things do not go well, it is much too easy to give up quit serving God. That’s exactly what these “workers of iniquity” will do. They will convince you to turn away from God. But David realized it and clung all the more to his God and kept his faith in Him.
When God has done great things for us, this should cause us to study and search for what we shall do for him. Our Lord Jesus went through the same experience, and look at His response. “Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity” (Luke 13:27). Christ teaches us to say the same when we are tempted by the evil-doers, the workers of iniquity, to turn away from Him. David recognized it was God’s grace upon his heart that his prayer was graciously accepted, and therefore did not doubt his prayers would be answered in due time. Like our salvation, it is our faith through grace that gets our prayers answered. When God sees we believe in our hearts, he answers. When we pray, we need to pray believing something will happen, not just to give lip service to God like so many others. We can trust that God delights in answering our prayers.
David prayed in concern that one of two things would happen to his enemies…either for their conversion or for destruction. If they did not repent and turn from their evil ways, it would be to their eternal destruction and separation from God. However, if they did repent, which was David’s hope for them, they would live the rest of their lives witnessing for God. When we pray, may we be like David, and pray for the conversion of our enemies…that they too would accept Christ and live.
Dr. Robert Phelps