“But you, O God my Lord, deal on my behalf for your name’s sake; because your steadfast love is good, deliver me! For I am poor and needy, and my heart is stricken within me. I am gone like a shadow at evening; I am shaken off like a locust. My knees are weak through fasting; my body has become gaunt, with no fat. I am an object of scorn to my accusers; when they see me, they wag their heads. Help me, O Lord my God! Save me according to your steadfast love! Let them know that this is your hand; you, O Lord, have done it!”
Full text Psalm 109:21-31
All of us at some point have chosen to repay evil for evil.
Our psalmist however, takes his injustice to God and appeals to Him to act on his behalf. In other words, he choose to allow our just and holy God to deal with those who had wronged him instead of seeking retribution himself.
Many of us like to think of God as forgiving only…which is why we are hesitant to take our revenge issues to Him. But this is because we’re only thinking of God’s holiness from one perspective.
It is true that God forgives because He is Holy…but His holiness cannot tolerate injustice.
As comforting as that sounds, it is a double edged sword…because unless there is some kind of intervention for us then it means that when we sin against others we also we will be judged with the same judgment as those who have sinned against us. That’s scary.
Christ’s intervention is what saves us. Christ is the reason why we can and indeed must appeal to God to avenge those who have wronged us…because we also have sinned against others…and so without Him we have no moral ground to avenge ourselves.
But when we go to God with our revenge appeal…Christ comes along and pleads for us…and God He looks at us through the sinless Christ who speaks on our behalf.
Holy Father, I praise You for sending Christ to cover my own acts of injustice towards You and towards others. I thank You that You listen to my appeals when I have been wronged and that You will hear me in Your compassion and mercy. Help me to bring my pleas to You instead of seeking retribution on my own because I know that I also have sinned against. In Christ’s Name, Amen.