Reading through the Bible together
Our antipathy to our detractors affects them less than it affects us. Jesus’ forgiveness of his executioners, “for they know not what they do,” did not do them any good. They will face their punishment. The forgiveness reflected Jesus’ attitude of pity for them. When surrounded by an array of persecutors the attitude of forgiveness can best bring peace. It places you above hurt, above self-pity, above doubt, and above so many things. However, there is even the danger of feelings of pride and superiority in forgiveness, which is something one must guard against.
There are those who sought after David’s life (verse 2) and there are those who sought God (verse 4). Those who sought God were not David’s enemies. The king asks blessings for them. Those who sought to trouble David are God’s enemies too because David is on God’s side. In fact they are David’s enemies because David has openly sided with God. David can boldly call for their ruin because they oppose God and all that is good. If your enemies are opponents because they are opposing God, then you must condemn their actions for what they are doing.
However, David did not take matters into his own hands. He refrained from commanding trusted soldiers to take care of these tormentors. Rather, he took the problem to God and left his burdens there.
Secretary, Southern Asia Division