Monday, June 06, 2011

Vengeance

4Let them be confounded and put to shame that seek after my soul: let them be turned back and brought to confusion that devise my hurt.
 5Let them be as chaff before the wind: and let the angel of the LORD chase them.
 6Let their way be dark and slippery: and let the angel of the LORD persecute them.
 7For without cause have they hid for me their net in a pit, which without cause they have digged for my soul.
 8Let destruction come upon him at unawares; and let his net that he hath hid catch himself: into that very destruction let him fall. 
Psalm 35:4-8, KJV


Vengeance

How is a Christian to feel about their enemies? We are told to turn the other cheek, but does that mean we have no recourse against the evil that others can do to us? I cannot think of a more perfect example than that of David, especially during the years Saul was seeking his life.

It is most probably during this time that David penned the words of Psalm 35. Spending months fleeing for his life, David must have reached a point of total desperation. Yet, when Saul's life was in David's hands, he refused to reach out his hand against him because he was God's anointed king. That did not mean, however, that David was not exasperated by his circumstances.

In all of his struggles, David never forgot that the lives of his enemies were in God's hands. It was totally within his rights to plead that God would deal with them. Look at the pleas David made to God.

Let them be confounded and put to shame.
Let them be turned back and brought to confusion.
Let them be as chaff in the wind.
Let the angel of the Lord chase them.
Let their way be dark and slippery.
Let the angel of the Lord persecute them.
Let destruction come upon him.
Let his net that he hath hid catch himself.

He understood that it was not his right to seek vengeance against Saul, and he never forgot that it was God who would fight those battles for him.

May we, by God's grace, be reminded that it is not our duty to fight against our enemies, but rather we should pray that God would deal with them as they deserve. God's judgment upon them is so much greater than anything we could ever do. 

Our duty is to love and serve God wherever He has called us to be, and to remember that everything happens according to God's plan. Who knows whether our actions of placing our enemies in God's hands, and living faithfully before God in their presence will ultimately bring about their own salvation?

God is still on the throne,
And He will remember His own!

God Bless You,
Linda

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