“May their bellies be filled with what you have stored up for them; may their children have more than enough; may they leave something over to their little ones.”
In an unexpected twist in today’s psalm, we find the Psalmist asking God to fill the bellies of the enemy. Early in the psalm, the Psalmist is crying out to God for help. In this cry for desperation, we hear the desire to be liberated from the entrapment of the enemy. However, we do not hear from the Psalmist a desire for the enemy to be vanquished. Instead, there is a request for the enemy to be fed. Why would the Psalmist ask this? The Psalmist shows deep reflection throughout the psalm. Out of gratitude for the ways God has provided for the Psalmist, the Psalmist requests for the same provision for others. This text shows us that when we are personally grateful, our grace and mercy can extend to others with much more ease. How have you seen this dynamic in your own life? How are you extended grace and mercy to others out of your own gratitude?