Letting Him Be My Defense

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The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.

(Psalm 18:2-3)

What is your reaction when you’re falsely accused?  How do you respond when someone has treated you unfairly?

I hope it’s not like me.

I’ve spent many sleepless hours, tossing and turning in the wake of false accusation. When I’m treated unfairly my first response is to defend myself. My mind races with “what-if” and “worst-case” scenarios of what might happen in the days to come. I’ve even been known to mutter curses under my breath and wish the worst on my accusers, fantasizing about how I might confront them and tell them what I think of their baseless claims. It’s amazing what vile poison can rise up in us when our pride is affronted by unjust treatment.

Not exactly the picture of a godly man, is it?

I’m not asking for sympathy. I realize that when I respond this way I am allowing my human nature (my “flesh”) to take control. When I find myself wallowing in self-pity over unfair treatment I should be comforted in the knowledge that my Master, Jesus, was also treated unfairly. Instead of allowing my mind to paint pictures of vengeance on the canvas of my thoughts, I need to practice what the scriptures teach and, “[bring] every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:5b) It was He who, “…as a lamb before its shearer is silent, so He opened not His mouth.” (Acts 8:32) He promised us that, “In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

To be more like Jesus; do I dare to reach so high? Perhaps I’ll reach a bit lower and cry out, “Oh, to be more like David.” Except for Jesus, who was more unjustly persecuted than him? He had only done good for Israel, and yet King Saul sought his life. When David played his harp to comfort the tormented king, Saul arose and cast a javelin at David – trying to kill the one who only wanted to serve him. Later, when Saul and his troops hunted David in the wilderness, David refused to lift his hand against the king – even when Saul was helpless before him.

David was content to allow the Lord to be his Defense, his Rock, his Fortress, and Deliverer. He knew that only the Lord could deliver him from his enemies and silence his accusers.

I pray that God would give me a heart filled with compassion for my accusers, the grace to endure unfair treatment, the strength to silence vengeful thoughts, and the courage to refrain from defending myself and allow Him, the righteous judge, to be my defense.

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3 Responses to Letting Him Be My Defense

  1. Clarke Lauffer says:

    Ii is always the process of humility that God is working in us by allowing what we perceive as enemies to be in fact blessings to make us like Christ. To actually love our enemies and pray for those who say all matter of evil about us for His name sake brings promised blessings. As we do what He commands we are set free from our desire of revenge and actually made able by His Spirit to walk in love. The pain of betrayal brings the gain of being made into His Likeness. Love suffers long, doesn’t think evil , doesn!t keep a record of wrongs, and endures all things. Thanks brother for the reflexion.

    • Pastor Jim says:

      Clarke, I really appreciate your encouraging comments. My flesh dies hard, but the glory of knowing Christ and being made more like Him makes every fleeting trial worth it.

  2. Della says:

    love your messages. They help me see the right way and I try to keep on the right road.