Psalm 140:9-13  

David reminds us to pause and think about verses one through eight. In verse nine he reminds the Lord that what his enemies are speaking is the very thing that is going to overwhelm them. You see the humanity of David being exposed when he declares that burning coals will fall on their heads. He says to let the words they are speaking against him come back on them and burn them just like they were trying to burn him. Notice that David is not doing anything but asking the Lord for sowing and reaping. He is allowing the Lord to take care of the vengeance. 


Also, David prays something that we need to be mindful about in our prayers. In verse twelve, He declares, “Do not let the slander be established in the land.” We need to declare that the words of slander will not fall in a place where they will grow, but will simply wither and die. Their destructive purposes will not take root and grace will prevail. 


David ends the Psalm with two great promises we can receive. The first is that the Lord will take up the cause of the afflicted and establish His justice in our situation. He then finishes with a great reminder that we will be able to give thanks and dwell in His presence. 


We need to remind ourselves that the Lord is going to take care of us all the time, and we can rest in His presence where there is fullness of joy. 


Psalm 140:13 Surely the righteous shall give thanks to your name; the upright shall dwell in your presence.