Wednesday, March 7, 2012

When you "run for dear life", who do you run to?

Psalm 7: 1-8
In the opening verses of Psalm 7, David is writing in response to being falsely accused of trying to kill King Saul and seize the throne for himself (1 Samuel 24:9-11). David knows the accusations are not true. It is mere slander directed at him. But take a look at how he decides to handle his current circumstances. David is stirred with emotion as he cries out to God here in the first few verses of Psalm 7 (MSG):
“God! God! I am running to you for dear life (emphasis mine); the chase is wild. If they catch me, I'm finished (emphasis mine): ripped to shreds by foes fierce as lions, dragged into the forest and left unlooked for, unremembered. God, if I've done what they say betrayed my friends, ripped off my enemies. If my hands are really that dirty, let them get me, walk all over me, leave me flat on my face in the dirt. Stand up, God; pit your holy fury against my furious enemies. Wake up, God. My accusers have packed the courtroom; it's judgment time. Take your place on the bench (emphasis mine), reach for your gavel, throw out the false charges against me. I'm ready, confident (emphasis mine) in your verdict: "Innocent."”
The Message paraphrase says it all doesn’t it? How many times have you felt like you have “run for dear life” from situations that are going on in your life? I know I can name a few. But look what David does. He doesn’t take matters into his own hands when he’s falsely accused. He realizes who has the final say and submits the issue to him right off the bat as if to say “Here God. This is my problem and it’s bigger than me. I didn’t do anything wrong but if I did let me know and I will pay the consequences. If not, I know you will judge me as…Innocent.” Awesome isn’t it. He knows what I’ve done and will judge me accordingly. Now, how many of you when falsely accuse can say you’ve done the same thing?
I can honestly say I have failed to run to God when I've been falsely accused. Praise God it’s never too late to start over with God. He gives us second, third, fourth even forty-fourth chances. Have you ever been falsely accused of something? Did you turn everything over to God and let him handle it or did you try to take matters into you own hands?
The next time you’re falsely accused, give it to God – He is the only perfect judge.

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