Not An Option
Today’s scripture selection: Psalms 108-110
Key verses: Psalm 109:1-4
There are some, too many, who thrive on a little thing called revenge. We hear it all the time…
- Man, just wait until I…
- I can’t believe they did that! I’m going to…
- Oh, yeah, well “pay-back’s a….”
You know it. You’ve probably felt the sting of someone “getting you back” whether you “deserved” it or not.
And we learn such things very early on.
Just ask any kid in fourth-grade about “pay-back” – they know it all too well.
The Psalmist knew about it too. After all, revenge is nothing new. The complaint is real and heartfelt:
“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….”
You can almost finish the sentence for him. “In return for my friendship, this is what I get. Well, just wait until I…”
But that’s not how the sentence ends.
In the Scriptures it ends this way:
“In return for my friendship they accuse me, but I am a man of prayer.”
I think the Psalmist is doing more here than just saying why he doesn’t deserve what is happening. I think there is a hidden gem of spiritual counsel here.
It’s that he cannot make revenge his priority, exactly because of who he is. Instead, he can only cry out to the God of justice about the injustice – and leave it all in God’s hands.
It’s hard to do. But…
For the man or woman of God, there simply is no other option.
Prayer: Lord, in a world that can be so unjust, help me to leave such matters in your hands, remembering my own imperfections and failures. AMEN.