These psalms have been problematic for Bible teachers and preachers because of the difficulty in reconciling them with Christian thought.
Barnes comments on this problem.
“. . . perhaps there is no part of the Bible that gives more perplexity and pain to its readers than this; perhaps nothing that constitutes a more plausible objection to the belief that the psalms are the productions of inspired men than the spirit of revenge which they sometimes seem to breathe and the spirit of cherished malice and implacableness which the writers seem to manifest.” (Albert Barnes, Notes, Critical, Explanatory, and Practical on the Book of Psalms).
The purposes of Laney’s article are to define an “imprecation,” identify the imprecatory psalms, pinpoint the problem that interpreters have with such psalms, recount proposed solutions to the difficulty, and present a suggested solution to this problem.