Have you ever read something in the Bible and thought, “How could a godly person dare to say that?”

I sure have. Take for example what are often referred as the imprecatory psalms. An imprecatory psalm is a psalm where the psalmist asks God to punish or destroy the wicked, often in rather violent terms.

O God, break the teeth in their mouths.

Break the arm of the wicked and evildoer, call his wickedness to account until you find none.

Blessed shall he be who takes your little ones and dashes them against the rock!

I read these parts of my Bible and think, “How could a genuine Christian ever wish such a fate on a fellow human being? Didn’t Jesus say we’re supposed to love our enemies?”

Several years ago, I heard Dr. David Powlison, editor of The Journal for Biblical Counseling, speak directly to my uneasiness in a short message on the imprecatory psalms. He did an outstanding job explaining the relationship between the problem of evil and the glory of God. A free audio recording is available here.

Matthew Williams grew up attending KingsWay and joined the pastoral staff in 2009. God has blessed him and his wife, Aliza, with three rambunctious boys, Ethan, Micah, and Tyler. Matthew did his undergraduate work at the University of Richmond in chemistry and political science, spent a year at the Sovereign Grace Pastor’s College, and is nearly finished with his Masters of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.


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