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Restored Reputation

1 Samuel 24:9-11 (NIV), “He said to Saul, “Why do you listen when men say, ‘David is bent on harming you’? This day you have seen with your own eyes how the Lord delivered you into my hands in the cave. Some urged me to kill you, but I spared you; I said, ‘I will not lay my hand on my lord, because he is the Lord’s anointed.’ See, my father, look at this piece of your robe in my hand! I cut off the corner of your robe but did not kill you. See that there is nothing in my hand to indicate that I am guilty of wrongdoing or rebellion. I have not wronged you, but you are hunting me down to take my life.”

Have you ever been falsely accused of something and wanted to take revenge? You try to explain your side of the story, yet the accuser has already made up his mind. You’re guilty. What did you do in this instance? How did you respond?

Psalm 7: 1-2;6, “Lord my God, I take refuge in you; save and deliver me from all who pursue me, or they will tear me apart like a lion and rip me to pieces with no one to rescue me…”

David wrote this psalm in response to accusations claiming he wanted to kill Saul. Unfortunately for David, because of Saul’s intense jealously of him, anything that someone said to make Saul believe that David wanted him dead, Saul would’ve believed.

Psalm 7:6, “Arise, Lord, in your anger; rise up against the rage of my enemies. Awake, my God; decree justice.”

Instead of seeking revenge (Romans 12:19), David’s response to slander was prayer. Therefore, we too should not retaliate yet ask God to take our case so that He will bring justice and restore our reputation.

If you ever believe that you are being treated unfairly and there are people around you trying to defame your character, seek the one who is always fair and just and He will protect you.

Dear God, there are people around us that are making false accusations and attempting defame our character. When trying to plead our case, the decision has already been made on what they want to believe. Yet we know that if we come to You, You will bring justice and fairness to the situation. For your word says, “…It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” (Hebrews 10:30). Thank you, Lord, for restoring our reputation and bringing the truth to light.

In Jesus Name


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