Overall, I guess I’ve been fortunate – in my nearly 51 years I’ve only been the subject of slanderous comments a couple of times. The details aren’t really important; but how I handle them is. Thankfully, I don’t have to wing it on my own; God’s Word offers guidelines to help…
“Let evil recoil on those who slander me, in your faithfulness destroy them.” (Psalm 54:5)
At first glance, it looks like David simply wanted God to smite his enemies; and perhaps that’s our first reaction when others do us wrong. However, the overall context of the psalm shows us that instead of wishing evil on his enemies, David is actually placing them into God’s hands for justice. Why do I believe that? Because verse 5 is couched between bookend statements that voice David’s confidence in the justice and provision of God.
Before the stated concern about those who slander him, David says, “Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me.” (v. 4) Afterwards, he concludes with, “He has delivered me from all trouble, and my eye has looked with satisfaction upon my enemies.” (v.7)
Sandwiched between his proclamations that God is sufficient to handle his foes, David releases them into the hands of the perfect Judge. Knowing that God could, and would handle everything and everyone he encountered, David was free to overlook the offense and move on.
How about you; willing to do the same? –Dave
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