As we read through the Psalms, I have also noticed, as Nathan mentioned yesterday, that David spends a lot of time talking to God about "those who hate me without reason" (Psalm 69:4), and how he desires for God to "deliver me from those who hate me" (Psalm 69:14). He declares how he is "scorned, disgraced and shamed" (Psalm 69:19) and how those who are persecuting him should "be blotted out of the book of life" (Psalm 69: 28).
I learned something new as I looked into these verses. Psalm 69 is one of many Imprecatory Psalms. I have never heard that term before and so I had to look up the definition...here is what it means... "contained within the Book of Psalms of the Hebrew Bible (תנ"ך), are those that invoke judgment, calamity, or curses, upon one's enemies or those perceived as the enemies of God."
Have you every wished, as I shamefully have, that God would bring some form of vengeance or retribution against someone who has hurt or betrayed you? Have you had times where you have sinfully desired this and then realized how horrible that attitude was? Praying against our "enemies" and asking God for vengeance in no way lines up with Matthew 5:44 which clearly states that we are to "love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!"