The Blessing of a Curse

Michael Beck Michael Beck

“Let them curse, but bless thou: when they arise, let them be ashamed; but let thy servant rejoice. Let mine adversaries be clothed with shame, and let them cover themselves with their own confusion, as with a mantle. I will greatly praise the LORD with my mouth; yea, I will praise him among the multitude. For he shall stand at the right hand of the poor, to save him from those that condemn his soul.” (Psalm 109:28-31)

We usually count it no big deal when an angry motorist curses us for driving too slow or getting in front of them. But curses from greater personages have a larger potential to trouble us.

Firstly, to be under God’s curse should cause our heart the greatest distress. The only way to be free of this very real existential threat is to be in Christ, who bore the curse for us, so the blessing of God might come upon us.

But then there are people, even “ministers” of God, who would pronounce doom and gloom upon us because we dared to disagree or break ranks with them. When facing such a potential “cloud” over us we must carefully guard our heart from fear and anger.

In such a circumstance, David said, “Let them curse, but You bless me Lord! Let them be disappointed that their prayers against me are not coming to pass and keep me rejoicing. Let them wear disappointment and confusion because they can’t understand why I continue to be blessed.”

No, we should not live in the fear of man and what he can do to us. But what we should fear from such a situation is our own response of anger and hatred back in the direction of proud people who would want harm to come to us or our family.

David’s response was not always like the response of Jesus. David did ask that the curse would fall back on the head of those who were cursing him. But we follow a greater one than David. Jesus called us to bless those who curse us. As He hung on the cross and was accounted “stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted,” He loved, blessed, and prayed for His enemies.

Should we ever have to climb such high places, may God give us hind’s feet. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. He can make our way perfectly conformed to His way. How wonderful to see the blessing such a situation makes available to us! David saw it when Shimei cursed him. Joab wanted Shimei’s head to come off so the cursing would stop, but David said, “Let him alone, and let him curse; for the LORD hath bidden him. It may be that the LORD will look on mine affliction, and that the LORD will requite me good for his cursing this day.” (2 Samuel 16:11,12)

Would you be blessed and not cursed? Get in Christ and stay in Christ. Walk in the supply of His Spirit through the most difficult and painful challenges of your life. Determine to know His love toward all men, even your enemies.

To share in the fellowship of your Master’s sufferings and to be made conformable to His death is the greatest good you can ever receive. And those that curse you make such a blessing possible to you. Bless them for it.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.