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Pray For Justice & Trust God

Posted: Tuesday, August 6

Mike Peppers // Communications Director

Mike Peppers // Communications Director

August 6 Reading:

Ezra 3:1-4:23
1 Corinthians 2:6-3:4
Psalm 28:1-9
Proverbs 20:24-25

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Verse of the day:

Give them the punishment they so richly deserve!
    Measure it out in proportion to their wickedness.
Pay them back for all their evil deeds!
    Give them a taste of what they have done to others.

Psalm 28: 4

How do you respond when you’ve been hurt or wronged by someone? How do you respond when you see others suffering because of someone’s evil actions? King David dealt with this scenario many times in the book of Psalms. Whether it was his jealous predecessor King Saul, kings of rival nations, or those who caused rebellion in his own family and kingdom, David seemingly had an endless list of enemies who caused great pain in his life and in the lives of others. While few of us have an enemies list as long as David’s, all of us can learn from his response in Psalm 28 to those who do wrong.

First, David calls on the Lord for help (v.2). David recognized that he alone doesn’t have the power to deal with these enemies by himself. Again, David was a king and a seemingly fearless warrior. If he recognized a need for God’s help in this area, so should we. Second, David prayed that God would give his enemies the punishment their evil actions deserve (v.4-5). It’s perfectly fine to pray for those who do wrong to be brought to justice. Especially if they could still harm more people. I think many of us struggle with feelings of hatred and even wanting personal revenge against those who have harmed us. David battled these feelings as well, but he took a more tempered approach here in his words about his enemies. I think he realized only God could bring about the proper justice the situation demanded. Thirdly, David trusted God (v.7). Rather than hold on to the negative feelings toward our enemies, we can release them to God and let Him deal with the situation. Doing this could be the first step toward our personal healing after being wronged and even finding the capacity to offer forgiveness to whomever hurt us. It’s not an easy process, but it will keep us from growing bitter.