“My God, whom I praise, do not remain silent, for people who are wicked and deceitful have opened their mouths against me; they have spoken against me with lying tongues. With words of hatred they surround me; they attack me without cause. In return for my friendship they accuse me, but I am a man of prayer. They repay me evil for good, and hatred for my friendship. Appoint someone evil to oppose my enemy; let an accuser stand at his right hand. When he is tried, let him be found guilty, and may his prayers condemn him.” Psalm 109:1-7
I so love the honesty of the Psalms. This is one written by King David. He felt the sting of harsh words, even lies, spoken about him. He knew the pain of attacks against him, even including evil being repaid when good was offered. That sure doesn’t seem fair, but it still happens.
Have we ever felt that same sting? If so, we are in good company. In Psalm 109 it was David. When we read the Gospels, it was Jesus.
Life is not fair. Doing what is right is no guarantee that all will feel right or be right and fair in our lives. But we can do what King David did. He prayed. Verse 4 calls David a man of prayer. He went to his knees and sought God’s intervention against these injustices. We can too. In every situation, whether good or bad, we can take it all to the Lord and He has big enough shoulders to handle it.
Lord, today I bring all those situations where evil is repaid for good and harsh words are returned for kindness, and lies are spoken when I share truth. How incredibly grateful I am that everything backs up to You and I don’t need to carry any of it.