We’ve all heard it before – “you reap what you sow.”
In this Psalm, David demonstrates his understanding of this concept:
3 Don’t drag me away with the wicked – with those who do evil – those who speak friendly words to their neighbors while planning evil in their hearts. 4 Give them the punishment they so richly deserve! Measure it out in proportion to their wickedness. Pay them back for all their evil deeds! Give them a taste of what they have done to others.
One day, each one of us will stand before God and give an account for our deeds, both good and bad. Those who God never knew will be sent to eternal damnation, but even those whom He knew will be judged (Lamb’s Book of Life or judgement books – see Rev. 20:12).
David proclaims his faith in God’s protection by the second half of this psalm with rejoicing:
6 Praise the LORD! For he has heard my cry for mercy. 7 The LORD is my strength, my shield from every danger. I trust in him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving. 8 The LORD protects his people and gives victory to his anointed king.
Isn’t it good to know that we will be vindicated? God will pay back those who try to slander and harm us. There’s freedom in that!