Giving All Personal Offense to God (Through the Psalms)
Hear a just cause, O LORD; attend my cry!
Give ear to my prayer from the lips free of deceit!
From your presence let my vindication come!
Let your eyes behold the right! ^Psalm 17:1-2 (Click here to read entire Psalm)
This is a Psalm of deliverance and vindication. David is pleading to the Lord to deliver him from false accusations made by people.
David contrasts himself from the wicked and declares his innocence to the Lord, “You have tested me, and you will find nothing; I have purposed that my mouth will not transgress" (v. 3).
The exact context of what happened to cause David to cry out for vindication is not clear. However, one thing is this; David asks God to deliver him rather than taking matters into his own hands.
Have you ever been falsely accused, mis-judged or perhaps misunderstood by others? In moments like this we cannot help but want to explain ourselves. When something is unjustly done to us, we may even be tempted to retaliate.
What made David unique was that he doesn’t take the injustice and evil done towards him into his own hands. David cries out to God.
David brings it to the Lord in prayer and trusts that God will be the one who will vindicate him. You and I do not need to fight for ourselves, God will fight for us. Like David, bring your hurt and pain to the Lord rather than trying to make things right. This does not mean we ignore the problem. David is honest with the Lord by saying, “Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings, from the wicked who do me violence; my deadly enemies who surround me…Arise, O LORD! Confront him, subdue him! Deliver my soul from the wicked by your sword, from men by your hand, O LORD, from men of the world whose portion is in this life” (v. 8-9; 11).
David does not hide his emotions or deny what he is feeling. However, he gives the pain and injustice into the hands of God. In doing this, He trusts that the righteous will be will vindicated by God and he doesn't need to prove himself. I pray that we too when personally offended or wrongly accused will learn how to leave things at the altar with God.
Are there some personal offenses in your heart that you have to leave at the altar?