We will face hardships and unwarranted attacks in our Christian life. It will seem unfair, and might rightfully be unfair. David felt this as he wrote Psalms 7.
O Lord my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me: 2 Lest he tear my soul like a lion, rending it in pieces, while there is none to deliver. 3 O Lord my God, If I have done this; if there be iniquity in my hands; 4 If I have rewarded evil unto him that was at peace with me; (yea, I have delivered him that without cause is mine enemy:) 5 Let the enemy persecute my soul, and take it; yea, let him tread down my life upon the earth, and lay mine honour in the dust. Selah. 6 Arise, O Lord, in thine anger, lift up thyself because of the rage of mine enemies: and awake for me to the judgment that thou hast commanded. 7 So shall the congregation of the people compass thee about: for their sakes therefore return thou on high. 8 The Lord shall judge the people: judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity that is in me. 9 Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins. 10 My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart. 11 God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day. 12 If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready. 13 He hath also prepared for him the instruments of death; he ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors. 14 Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood. 15 He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made. 16 His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate. 17 I will praise the Lord according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the Lord most high.
This psalm serves as an example for all who are unjustly treated, falsely accused or attacked by those who despise them. The prayer may be applied to our greatest enemy who seeks to tear our souls like a lion (v. 2), i.e., Satan and his demonic host. In 1 Peter 5:8 it says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”It is always appropriate to pray for deliverance from the evil one.
Those who have sincerely committed themselves to God may with all confidence take refuge in the Lord and commit their life situations to Him. In the midst of unjust or troublesome times we may place ourselves under the protection of God and appeal to Him on the basis of our faithfulness.
The Holy Spirit teaches that the can expect God to deliver and help them in times of affliction. We may appeal to God on the basis of a clear conscience and our sincere endeavor to maintain uprightness of heart. We may assert our spiritual integrity before God by praying “Judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness (v. 8). Such a claim is not self-righteous if it is spoken from a sincere heart, by love for God through faith. What a blessed thing it is to pray for God’s help with a repentant heart. But it is even better when we can pray to God with a clear conscience and with the knowledge that we have wronged no one and have sought sincerely to love God with all of our heart. Note what the apostle Paul states: “Herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offense toward God, and toward men (Acts 24:16). And Jesus affirms, “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you,” John 15:7 (this means if our focus is on God, then what we ask is for Godly things.)
Take Home Message
The Christian walk is not easy. Many times people think that they get saved and start following Jesus that all their problems are going to better. That is not the case, look at the disciples, most of them were martyred. We will face struggles and hardships, but we have a God that loves us and that we can go to for comfort and protection.
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