Psalms of imprecation, the calling down of curses upon the Lord's enemies, are often misunderstood as being the 'Old Testament prayer' because New Testament prayers shouldn't be like that.
The truth is that there is no disparity between the Old Testament Scriptures and the New Testament Scriptures. There is not a time in history since Adam's fall, or ever will be, that anyone has ever been saved apart from grace through faith. We need to remember that the Hebrew Scriptures was the Bible of New Covenant saints after the Day of Pentecost until the New Testament gospel and epistles were written.
Imprecatory psalms, such as Psalm 35, Psalm 69, and Psalm 109 provide for us first, tremendous prophetic insights into Christ's sufferings upon the Cross and His judgment upon Christ-rejecting, God-hating sinners in that Day. Because His wrath and judgment is what we deserve, these Psalms also provide us incredible personal application as we grow in faith because of the reality of the truth that we have been forgiven much and what Christ has done to purchase that forgiveness is of infinite worth and majesty.
Great Sermon! This is a sermon to stir the heart, to fill you wonder, awe and gratitude that such an enemy of God should be the recipient of such infinate and costly, and freely given, forgiveness and grace.
Phyllis Hammons (11/30/2008)
from Alto, New Mexico
Thank you for the truth you present! Pastor Jon, this is a great sermon that stirs one to meditate and do some rethinking. I thank God for the meat you provide for your sheep..... for the truth you present! My prayers for you, your family, and your ministry.
Dwayna Litz (9/21/2008)
Great Sermon! This is one of my favorite sermons I have ever heard in my life. I will always treasure it...and listen to it again and again. I have found that "just another sermon by Jon Cardwell" is always an extraordinary one. I can't express how I hunger for deep teaching. This sermon sure does fill up a hungry heart with the Bread of Life. I took notes and was riveted as I listened by the prophecies pointed out of Jesus from the Old Testament to the New, and Psalm 69 is more precious to me now than ever. I thank God for this sermon from Him to my heart and life, through His servant, Jon Cardwell.
Jon Cardwell was saved by God‚Äôs grace on June 3, 1985 while serving in the military as a deep sea diver in the U.S. Navy. The call to ministry came 8 years later when he was invited to serve the Lord in the Philippine mission field. Jon‚Äôs entry into pastoral ministry came...