Who among us has not been in this situation?
Who has not felt themselves dwelling among the tents of the wicked? In a strange land? Surrounded by enmity to which there is seemingly no response?
David the mighty king and quintessential warrior knew this so well. And while his fame lay in his mastery of the slingshot and the sword, he knew the most effective weapons, and in fact the only truly effective weapons, are spiritual:
“I call on the Lord in my distress,
and He answers me.
Save me, Lord,
from lying lips
and from deceitful tongues.
What will he do to you,
and what more besides,
you deceitful tongue?
He will punish you with a warrior’s sharp arrows,
with burning coals of the broom bush.
Woe to me that I dwell in Meshek,
that I live among the tents of Kedar!
Too long have I lived
among those who hate peace.
I am for peace;
but when I speak, they are for war.”
Meshek – a son of Japheth, the people descended from him, and their land (Russia – Scythia).
Kedar – a son of Ishmael, the people descended from him, and their land (Arabian Desert).
Leave vengeance to the Lord. It is His prerogative, not yours. If you are truly walking with Him, He will take care of you and your reputation.
Sometimes the hardest thing of all is to say with Paul, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” (Romans 12:19) This is not an empty phrase, and it helps to remember that the desire for revenge is one of satan’s favorite mind controls. With it, he keeps people on endless treadmills of bitterness and retaliation.
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