Scripture: Psalm 59
“But thou, O Lord, shalt laugh at them; thou shalt have all the heathen in derision. Because of his strength will I wait upon thee: for God is my defence.” 59:8-9
Have you ever had someone lie or speak unfairly about you? Of course you have! As I was studying through Psalm 59 I could not help but relate with the Psalmist as he reminded me of three important things to remember when enemies approach. First, words are powerful and can be used to bless or curse. The very first book of the Bible explains this as we see God create everything through his Word and the serpent attempt to destroy everything through the twisting of Words. It was by the word of Judas that Jesus was betrayed but also by the words of belief that thousands were saved at Pentecost. You weren’t the first person to be encouraged or hurt by words and you most certainly will not be the last. Second, remember that God will have the last word. I know you want to respond when people hurt you. It can feel good to defend yourself. But where the psalmist gets it right and many of us get it so wrong is in his trust that God will take care of the situation. Like my son who is a mere toddler he is both inadequate of defending himself but has a father who will fight his battles for him. Our Heavenly Father is both judge and jury and he will do a far better job of defending you than you ever will.
Do you trust that God will defend you better than you ever could?
Lord, help us to trust in your perfect timing and perfect justice and be ever-thankful of the mercy that is found in Jesus Christ. It is in your beautiful name we pray, Amen.