Regarding the imprecatory psalms (139, 137, 58, 109) with their somewhat colourful and vengeful language, Douglas Jacoby comments:

“We could utter imprecatory prayers. The question is: Should we? Would it be therapeutic? The world speaks of ‘sweet revenge’. God’s Word reveals, especially in the New Testament, that a vengeful spirit does not please him. Honest prayers, yes! Get it out. But revenge – no. We must let the Spirit of Christ guide our thoughts and help us find a righteous attitude, even as we pour out to God the hurt and anger we sometimes confront within our own hearts.”

Douglas Jacoby
Thrive! (IPI, 2014), 98-99

“The hollowness of the world may not always be exposed immediately-or even in this life-but it certainly will be in the next. We must hold on to an eternal perspective.”

“When I tried to understand all this, it troubled me deeply till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny.” (Psalm 73:16–17 NIV11)


Douglas Jacoby
Thrive! (IPI, 2014), 71