Patient Wise Counsel

Psalm 109 Just as in Job’s and King David’s time, our world is fraught with vile words and hateful responses without considering the other person. Too quickly, we forget this principle: “I tell you that on the day of judgment, people will give an account for every worthless word they speak.” [Mat 12:36] 

So how do we handle accusations from others that are threatening and often ill-founded? Even though the psalmist desired vindication, he wrestled with God in a verbal dialog. He tried loving his enemies, much like Jesus told his audience, “But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” Instead, they repaid his love with evil and vile accusations. Instead of giving up or retaliating, he prayed. That is a WWJD response. Peter noted: “he, meaning Jesus, threatened no retaliation, but committed himself to God who judges justly.” He was able to do that because he believed that God will make all things that are wrong now, right in the end. God will have the last word.

The psalmist said, “I continue to pray.” He continued! What a great reminder to those of us that quit early, What wise counsel Paul told the Colossians: be devoted to prayer.

Imagine if more prayer was offered.

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