David wrote this Psalm when he had been falsely accused of wanting to kill Saul and take the throne (1 Samuel 24:9)
Verse 1 – O Lord my God, in You I put my trust; save me from all those who persecute me; and deliver me,
Verse 2 – Lest they tear me like a lion, rending me in pieces, while there is none to deliver.
Verse 3 – O Lord, my God, if I have done this: If there is iniquity in my hands,
Verse 4 – If I have repaid evil to him who was at peace with me, or have plundered my enemy without cause,
Verse 5 – Let the enemy pursue me and overtake me; yes let him trample my life to the earth, and lay my honor in the dust. Selah
Verse 6 – Arise, O Lord, in Your anger; lift Yourself up because of the rage of my enemies, and awake for me to the judgment You have commanded!
Verse 7 – So the congregation of the peoples shall surround You; for their sake’s, therefore, return on high.
Verse 8 – The Lord shall judge the peoples; judges me O Lord according to my righteousness, and according to my integrity within me.
There will be times in all our lives when others will falsely accuse us or abuse us. Our first reaction to these abuses might be revenge. However, David chose to take the matter to the Lord. We have in Hebrews 10:30, where it is written: For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” And again, “The Lord will judge His people.” God is a God of restoration, so why not ask Him to restore that which was lost-including reputation.
Verse 9 – Oh, let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end, but establish the just; for the righteous God tests the hearts and minds.
We can’t even hide our motive from God. He sees right into our very souls. So there is no need to boast or try to convince Him that we don’t know the consequences of our choices. Neither do we have to convince Him when an injustice has been done to us.
Verse 10 – My defense is of God, who saves the upright in heart.
Verse 11 – God is a just judge, and God is angry with the wicked every day.
Verse 12 – If he does not turn back He will sharpen His sword; He bends His bow and makes it ready.
Verse 13 – He also prepares for Himself instruments of death; He makes His arrows into fiery shafts.
Verse 14 – Behold, the wicked travails with iniquity, conceives trouble and brings forth falsehood.
Verse 15 – He made a pit and dug it out, and has fallen into the ditch which he made.
Verse 16 – His trouble shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down on his own crown.
When allowed to run its course, evil destroys itself. Violent people become victims of violence, and liars become victims of others deceit. However, in the process, the innocent are hurt. Sometimes God stops the violence from hurting others, sometimes for reasons only known to Him, He doesn’t. But we must always remember, it is God who will give the final judgment.
Verse 17 – I will praise the Lord according to His righteousness, and will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High.
During times of great evil and injustice, we can rest assure that God will bring justice and fairness when we involve Him in our matters. I know everyone at some time or another have asked God, “Why do bad things happen to your people?” We all were created with a free-will. The choice to live up-right or not, is ours. But one day a final judgment is coming by the One who created it all and no one will escape. Eternal life to those who have placed their trust in Christ and eternity in total darkness where the worm dieth not and the fire is not quenched for the wicked (Mark 9:44).