January 10, 2018
Refuge in God's Righteousness
A shiggaion of David, which he sang to the LORD concerning Cush, a Benjamite.
LORD my God, I take refuge in you; save and deliver me from all who pursue me, or they will tear me apart like a lion and rip me to pieces with no one to rescue me. LORD my God, if I have done this and there is guilt on my hands --if I have repaid my ally with evil or without cause have robbed my foe--then let my enemy pursue and overtake me; let him trample my life to the ground and make me sleep in the dust. Arise, LORD, in your anger; rise up against the rage of my enemies. Awake, my God; decree justice. Let the assembled peoples gather around you, while you sit enthroned over them on high. Let the LORD judge the peoples. Vindicate me, LORD, according to my righteousness, according to my integrity, O Most High. Bring to an end the violence of the wicked and make the righteous secure--you, the righteous God who probes minds and hearts. Psalm 7:1-9
David was on the run through no fault of his own. Jealous King Saul was in hot pursuit intent on putting him to death. David's ragtag army was no match for Saul's elite soldiers. David knew that if they ever caught him they would most certainly tear him apart like a lion.
Have you ever been unjustly accused ... at work, by friends, or even in your home? You admit that you're not perfect. You know you can say things that others misunderstand. But this time, at least, you are innocent. Your accusers are not intent on ripping you to pieces like David's, but they are out to get you nonetheless. What do you do? Retaliate? Make similar accusations? Spread rumors? Mount an all-out social media attack? No. Do what David did.
David found protection in God alone. God was his refuge so he made his appeal to the One who will "judge the peoples." He is the One who knows your heart and will bring vindication. He is the righteous and just God. Can you trust God with accusations against you? He is more than capable to deliver you and deliver justice.
Father, I like to strike back at those who attack me. I like to take matters into my own hands. I want to make sure everyone sees my innocence. But I trust You--the righteous and just God. I trust You to deliver me and bring justice. In Jesus' name. Amen.