God will repay. Don’t seek revenge.

Psalm 109:27 “Let them know that it is your hand, that you, O LORD, have done it.”

David was a very troubled man in his thoughts and emotions despite his being “a man after God’s own heart.” In this psalm the depressed, anxious David cries out to God to exact vengeance upon his enemies and to bring recompense upon them for the evil they have done them.

In the midst of all this ranting and raving he does request that all this work be known as the work of the Lord and not his own. Application: David’s life was marked by bloodshed and anger from the time he killed Goliath until his death. Even upon his deathbed he requested that a man that had wronged him be executed as justice for his wrongful treatment. When Nathan faced David about his affair with Bathsheba and murder of Uriah, David demanded justice for the rich man who took the poor man’s lamb not realizing it was he Nathan spoke of until God showed him his error and sin.

David had a temper that he usually kept in check, but he voiced his vitriol for his enemies to God incessantly. He even wanted to kill Nabal for not paying him and his men for guarding his flock from Philistine marauders. David was violent. And, despite all of this anger and violence, David is esteemed by the one, true God as a man after his own heart – a man of love and compassion and one who walked according to God’s commandments turning neither to the left or to the right in regards to keeping them.

What David did do was always seek God first before acting upon his emotions. He had knowledge of the Lord’s command that He “will take vengeance on [his] adversaries and repay those who hate [him]” (Deut. 32:41). David knew better than to exact revenge upon his “enemies” because it is God’s place to repay those who do His children wrong. This reason is why David cried out to God for deliverance and salvation from those seeking his life.

It isn’t hard to understand how David could start out to seek revenge but delay his actions. Any person who has been wronged has a natural, human tendency to react to harm and lash out at those delivering it. It takes a strong believer in God to allow Him to do the work for us and not rob ourselves of God’s blessing. The words of God to Abraham echo this sentiment and give us cause to pause and study what God says about vengeance. He told Abe, “I bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse” (Gen. 12:3).

As long as we allow God to repay evildoers, then we remain safe under his protection and are obeying Him. When you come to a point in time where you want to get back at someone for something they did to you, just stop! Let God repay them on your behalf. That way they and others will know that it was the hand of God doing it and keep you out of the line of return fire. “IF GOD IS FOR US, WHO CAN BE AGAINST US?” Paul said.

Father, I admit that many times I sought revenge on people for the harm they did to me, and I did repay them for their actions. It may have been through shouting back at them, denying them something, or even physical retaliation. Help me to ensure those days are behind me and that I seek you first in all things including what should be done when people wrong me. You teach us to love our enemies, do good them that hate us, and to pray for those that persecute us. You didn’t say possibly love them, maybe do good to them, and don’t pray. You said to do all those things. You’ve taught me that when I do, I heap coals of shame upon their heads. All the so-called “enemies” I have, I turn over to you because my real enemies are not of this physical realm. Lord, repay those who have done wrong to me, and let them know that it is your doing. Repay them with love, compassion, mercy, grace, and understanding as You did with me when I was a sinner, friend of the world, and Your enemy. In Jesus’ name, Amen.