Vengeance Belongs to The Lord

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Vengeance

The writer points out that if a person does not repent, God will sharpen his sword; he will bend and string his bow (v. 12). He will prepare his deadly weapons and ignite his flaming arrows (v. 13). In other words, obedient believers can be comforted knowing that wickedness will not go unnoticed by God.

Vengeance belongs to the Lord. He will repay. (Romans 12:19 and Hebrews 10:30) God has prepared His weapons for the wickedness and traps the wicked with their own plans. The false accuser is the one who is fallen into the ditch which he made (v. 15) (Proverbs 26:27. Proverbs 28:10, Psalms 9:15-26). Sin has a way of bringing its own punishment if we wait long enough. The righteous person doesn’t need to fear the judgment of God because He is their defense.

When allowed to run its course evil destroys itself (vv. 14-16). Violent people become victims of violence, and liars become victims of others’ deceit (9:15-16). But in the process innocent people become hurt. Sometimes God intervenes and stops evil doers in their tracts in order to protect His followers. At other times, for reasons known only to Him, God allows evil to continue even though innocent people are hurt. It is during these times that we must ask God to protect us.

Remember that God will bring ultimate justice, even if it is not during our lifetime. What does it matter that men slander us, so long as the righteousness of God prevails and the name of the Lord is glorified! The psalm concludes with David’s praising God for His righteousness (17). Even though David was slandered and attacked, he trusted in the righteous God wholeheartedly.

Application

Do I need to defend myself when accused falsely? I Peter 2:19-20 says, “For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently?  but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.”

Psalms 7:12-17 (English Standard Version)

If a man does not repent, God will whet his sword; he has bent and readied his bow; he has prepared for him his deadly weapons, making his arrows fiery shafts. Behold, the wicked man conceives evil and is pregnant with mischief and gives birth to lies. He makes a pit, digging it out, and falls into the hole that he has made. His mischief returns upon his own head, and on his own skull his violence descends. I will give to the LORD the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the LORD, the Most High.

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