Gavin Walker; 22nd November 2009
Psalm 58 (Our apologies; there is no recording of this sermon)
Am I Bovvered?
A Summary of the Psalm:
What we can learn from the Psalm:
- Verses 1-2: the accusation against the corrupt rulers.
- Verses 3-5: the description of the wicked.
- Verse 6: the prayer to God to act.
- Verses 7-9: the punishment of the wicked.
- Verses 10-11: the vindication of the righteous.
- God's hatred of injustice and oppression
The reliance of the psalmist on God in difficult circumstances
- Do we hate injustice and oppression? Are we bothered?
- Do we pray for those facing persecution or injustice?
We can pray this prayer when:
- Do we turn to God first when we face troubles, or when we hear of the troubles of others?
- we or others are in the position of the psalmist praying this psalm;
- there is no other solution that we can see;
- our conscience is clear;
- our hearts aren't vindictive and wanting revenge;
- we can leave the situation to God ultimately;
- we also pray for the conversion of those we are praying about.
Psalm 58:10, "Surely there is a God who judges the earth."