Not a word from their mouth can be trusted; their heart is filled with destruction. Their throat is an open grave; with their tongue they speak deceit. Declare them guilty, O God! Let their intrigues be their downfall. Banish them for their many sins, for they have rebelled against you. Psalm 5:9-10

As you read Psalm 5 today consider the awesome mercy of God that allows you to come into his presence. You will then be ready to pray along with David that God would bring about justice. In verse 10 we find the first imprecation in the psalter. Reading through the Psalms allows a person to see these prayers of imprecation and it can cause us to pause as we read them. Imprecatory prayers are prayers that communicate a deep longing for divine justice to come into our world. These are not to be prayers from vindictiveness or personal vengeance. They are a cry for God’s peace to come into our chaos. It is a longing for the justice of God to reign over our own lives and over our world. We know, as did David, that this will only truly come about at a future time, yet we long for it here. Imprecatory prayers are appropriate when they are a prayer for God to reveal his hand of justice amid the depravity of this world. What are some places and situations that you are longing for God to bring his justice? How can you pray, along with David, that God would put an end to the evil in those places?