Do you remember reading about David? Remember when Saul was out to kill David? What if someone of great power & resources hurled a javelyn at you, trying to kill you – would you run? That’s the advice they gave to David. I’m not sure if he wrote this Psalm during that time, but that’s the story I’m reminded of. This is a great testimony of David’s struggle with his temptation to run and hide instead of trusting God to defend him.
4 But the LORD is in his holy Temple; the LORD still rules from heaven. He watches everything closely, examining everyone on earth. 5 The LORD examines both the righteous and the wicked. He hates everyone who loves violence. 6 He rains down blazing coals on the wicked, punishing them with burning sulfur and scorching winds. 7 For the LORD is righteous, and he loves justice. Those who do what is right will see his face.
God loves justice. We may not see it now, but God knows how we have been wronged. Our responsibility is not to cut and run, nor is it to get even. Our job is simply to trust Him in all circumstances.
I’m reminded of the promise in Isaiah 54:17:
“No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their vindication is from Me,” declares the LORD.”
Kind of takes the pressure off, no?
Psalms 12 also talks of the Lord’s protection:
6 The LORD’s promises are pure, like silver refined in a furnace, purified seven times over. 7 Therefore, LORD, we know you will protect the oppressed, preserving them forever from this lying generation, 8 even though the wicked strut about, and evil is praised throughout the land.
Live in peace,