“I Prayer”

Psalm 109_3_4_I Prayer

Gotta admit – it’s not my first reaction.  Maybe it’s not yours either.

In Psalm 109, David cried out to God for help.  He wanted relief from those who were pursuing him for no cause; those who wanted to end his life despite no guilt on his part.  Listen to this wholly-unnatural response to his circumstances:

They encircle me with words of hate, and attack me without cause.  In return for my love they accuse me, but I give myself to prayer. (109:3-4; emphasis added)

When others hated, accused and attacked him, David gave himself to prayer.  But, believe it or not, this likely meant something much deeper than David praying for his own relief.  In his commentary on this passage, Albert Barnes writes,

But I give myself unto prayer – literally, “I – prayer;” that is, I am all prayer; I continually pray. This may mean, either, that he bore these trials with a meek spirit, and did not allow these things to disturb his devotions; or, more probably, that he prayed constantly “for them;” he desired their good, and sought it from above.

Amazing thought isn’t it?  David and prayer seemed to become one; and his prayers did not end with his own benefit.  He prayed not only for relief from his attackers – he also prayed FOR his attackers.  No wonder God recognized David as a man after His own heart.

How about you?  Will you begin to “give yourself to prayer” in the same manner?  Seems to be something of which God would approve! –Dave

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