Bible Reading: Psalm 59
Psalms 59 (Please read from your bible.)
Today’s psalm was written by David as King Saul was seeking to kill him. Much of the injustice in my own life is of my own making, but David was righteous in this regard, never seeking a short cut to put himself over Saul as God’s designated king of Israel, even though Saul regularly treated him unfairly.
It is our nature to be angry when we feel injustice at the hands of another. Toddlers cry when a playmate takes a toy without asking and we are quick to cry out as adults when we feel put upon. The news is full of angry people demanding justice and many have every right to do so.
Jesus said: “But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:44-45).
When a man was on trial for killing a group of believers at a church in South Carolina, several of the victims’ family members forgave the killer even though he remained unrepentant. Others prayed for his salvation in their remarks in the court. You can be sure every one of them felt great anger, but some chose to leave justice to God and show love.
Time and time again, God delivered David from his enemies, because David remembered God’s promise and he recognized God’s sovereignty over his life. It is God’s place to deliver justice. When we seek to take God’s place in this we:
• forget the grace that we were shown at the cross,
• make our own sin small in comparison to others’, and
• lose an opportunity to impact others for Christ
Oswald Chambers said: “Never look for justice in this world, but never cease to give it.”
Weekly Memory Verse: When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You. Psalm 56.3