Revenge, a desire for vengeance or retribution, is something that maybe lots of us have wanted. Someone has hurt us and we want them to also hurt. Maybe we’ve been cheated and the longing grows inside of us to see the cheater get some type of pay back.
David must have felt that as well. He said, “Do not drag me away with the wicked, with those who do evil, who speak cordially with their neighbors but harbor malice in their hearts. Repay them for their deeds and for their evil work; repay them for what their hands have done and bring back on them what they deserve. Because they have no regard for the deeds of the Lord and what his hands have done, he will tear them down and never build them up again. Praise be to the Lord, for he has heard my cry for mercy.” Psalm 28:3-6
Yes, he wanted them repaid. But he knew where to go to have that happen. He carried his feelings and hurts to the Lord. He asked God to do the work of repayment.
It’s also where we need to go if we’ve experienced hurt. We bring it to the Lord and ask Him to do what He sees fit, what He knows they deserve. It is His job to make it balance, not mine.
But the Bible is also very clear that all of us are sinners. David desired mercy. I desire mercy. Perhaps I should also pray for mercy for those who have hurt me.
Lord, I look back over my life and sometimes relive the pains and hurts that have come about because of what others have done. Would You please deal with those who have hurt me, but also extend mercy and grace to them, just as You have done for me.