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May 16, 1990

Putting Your Enemies in the Pit (Part Two)

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May all who gloat over my distress he put to shame and confusion; may all who exalt themselves over me be clothed with shame and disgrace. PSALM 35:26
David was a warrior. He knew all about battles. He knew how to handle his enemies in times of war. And as a human, and thus a sinner, he sometimes acted rashly and in ungodly ways. But as we learned yesterday, he got one thing right. He didn’t try to settle the score with his enemies—he left that up to God.
He didn’t, however, shirk at reminding God of his circumstances over and over again because he knew that, ultimately, God was the only one Who could rectify the situation. And in the midst of his prayers for deliverance, he never failed to praise God for His goodness.
“O Lord, how long will you look on?” he prayed. “Rescue my life from their ravages, my precious life from these lions. I will give you thanks in the great assembly; among throngs of people I will praise you…. May all who gloat over my distress be put to shame and confusion; may all who exalt themselves over me be clothed with shame and disgrace. May those who delight in my vindication shout for joy and gladness; may they always say, ‘The LORD be exalted, who delights in the well-being of his servant.’ My tongue will speak of your righteousness and of your praises all day long” (Psalm 35:17-18, 26-28).
Now let’s turn the focus to your work world. How often do you mutter mild (or strong) curses against your boss or a client or a coworker or a competitor? What do those thoughts say about you and your walk with the Lord? Are you bitter and angry or just frustrated? What do you do with those feelings? Do you take it upon yourself to settle the scores you have with others? Or do you follow David’s example and bring them all to God?

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