Reading the Word
Psalm 35:19–28 (ESV)
19 Let not those rejoice over me who are wrongfully my foes, and let not those wink the eye who hate me without cause. 20 For they do not speak peace, but against those who are quiet in the land they devise words of deceit. 21 They open wide their mouths against me; they say, “Aha, Aha! Our eyes have seen it!” 22 You have seen, O Lord; be not silent! O Lord, be not far from me! 23 Awake and rouse yourself for my vindication, for my cause, my God and my Lord! 24 Vindicate me, O Lord, my God, according to your righteousness, and let them not rejoice over me! 25 Let them not say in their hearts, “Aha, our heart’s desire!” Let them not say, “We have swallowed him up.” 26 Let them be put to shame and disappointed altogether who rejoice at my calamity! Let them be clothed with shame and dishonor who magnify themselves against me! 27 Let those who delight in my righteousness shout for joy and be glad and say evermore, “Great is the Lord, who delights in the welfare of his servant!” 28 Then my tongue shall tell of your righteousness and of your praise all the day long.
Understanding and Applying the Word
In these verses we learn that David’s accusers are those who are intentionally lying about him. The phrase “wink the eye” has the idea of deceit behind it as do the words of verse 21. There David’s enemies say, “Aha, Aha! Our eyes have seen it!” They claim to have seen something that has not truly happened, which is why David leans on the fact that God truly has seen and knows that David is innocent.
It is a difficult thing when you are falsely accused. It is even more difficult when the false accusation comes from someone who knows they are lying about what happened. How do we handle these things? More often than not, we likely get angry, lash out, and do all we can to destroy the other person. We probably give little thought of God in the situation. This psalm tells us that we can trust in God, even in these situations. And we can sing his praises as he sustains and strengthens us.
Does this mean we should become a doormat? Absolutely not! But it does mean that we can trust in God while we do the right thing in the right way without stooping to the ways of an unbelieving world.
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