In Psalm 109, David brings to God’s attention his mistreatment at the hands of an enemy. This enemy has acted with evil intent despite David’s love and prayers for him. In very descriptive terms, David now prays for his enemy to be punished by the courts and by God.
David doesn’t hide his feelings from God. He is honest about his emotions and desires. Ultimately, David brings the wounds of his heart to God, waits on God’s rescue, and praises Him in advance for His help.
But you, LORD, my Lord,
deal kindly with me for your name’s sake;
because your faithful love is good, rescue me.
For I am suffering and needy;
my heart is wounded within me. (v. 21-22 CSB)
When we are wronged, the instinct to get even is strong.
Consider these three responses to an unprovoked attack.
I hope they get what they deserve.
We want to see evil punished. This is a natural response to injustice. But if all we focus on is getting even, we are vulnerable to the temptation to take justice into our own hands and exact revenge.
I hope they get what they deserve, but I will leave vengeance in God’s hands.
God invites us to surrender our desire for revenge and wait on Him to bring about justice. This waiting requires trust in God’s goodness and in His timing.
“Vengeance belongs to me; I will repay.
In time their foot will slip,
for their day of disaster is near,
and their doom is coming quickly.” Deuteronomy 32:35 CSB
Friends, do not avenge yourselves; instead, leave room for God’s wrath, because it is written, Vengeance belongs to me; I will repay, says the Lord. Romans 12:19 CSB
I hope they get what they deserve, but I will leave vengeance in God’s hands. And I hope God sets things right in such a way that everyone knows He alone has done it.
When we surrender our right to revenge and we trust God to bring about justice, we can ultimately seek God’s glory even when we are wronged. We can follow David’s example and pray that God will save us from our enemies because of His faithful love. And we can ask God to make it clear to our enemies that He alone is responsible for our salvation.
Help me, LORD my God;
save me according to your faithful love
so they may know that this is your hand
and that you, LORD, have done it. (v. 26-27 CSB)
What can we do when we are wronged?
We can pray honestly.
We can ask for God’s help for our wounded hearts.
We can trust Him to bring our enemy to justice.
And we can ask God to set things right in such a way that He alone receives glory.
Father, it hurts when others repay good with evil, when love is repaid with hate. When I hurt because of hateful words and unwarranted attacks, help me to surrender my hurt and my desire for revenge to You. Help me to trust You as I wait on You to bring justice and make things right. Rescue me in such a way that everyone knows You have done it. I will give You thanks. In Jesus’ name, Amen.