But I call to God,
and the Lord will save me.
Evening and morning and at noon
I utter my complaint and moan,
and he hears my voice.
He redeems my soul in safety
from the battle that I wage,
for many are arrayed against me.
God will give ear and humble them,
he who is enthroned from of old,
because they do not change
and do not fear God.
My companion stretched out his hand against his friends;
he violated his covenant.
His speech was smooth as butter,
yet war was in his heart;
his words were softer than oil,
yet they were drawn swords.
Cast your burden on the Lord,
and he will sustain you;
he will never permit
the righteous to be moved.
But you, O God, will cast them down
into the pit of destruction;
men of blood and treachery
shall not live out half their days.
But I will trust in you. Psalm 55:16-23 ESV
Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:17-21 ESV
Ron was worried about a problem at school. Bruce, a boy in his class, was a real bully. He sometimes beat kids up during recess, and he would make them give him their money or their lunch or other things. Bruce was big and strong, but Ron was bigger. He knew he could easily beat Bruce up if he wanted to. He thought about teaching Bruce a lesson and making him stop hurting the other kids. But Ron wasn’t just strong; he was also smart. He knew that it would be better if the teacher handled Bruce, so Ron told the teacher what was going on. He felt sure he could trust his teacher to handle the situation better than he could by himself.
Some people think King David wrote Psalm 55 when he was running away from his son Absalom, who had started a war against him and wanted to be the king instead of his father. Many of the people of Israel went with Absalom’s side, including David’s close friend Ahithophel. All through this Psalm, David cried out to God for justice and asked him to punish his enemies. It might seem strange to ask the God of forgiveness and love to hurt other people. But what David was asking for was justice. He wanted God to keep the world safe by keeping bad people from hurting others. David didn’t say that he would punish his enemies by himself. He gave them to God and trusted God to take care of the situation. He believed that if he gave his problems to God, God would help him and not let him be beaten by his evil people.
We can follow David’s example when others hurt us or we see evil people in the world. We don’t have to handle the situation by ourselves. We can give the problem to God and trust that he will take care of the other person in the best way. Sometimes it might seem as if God isn’t just. It might seem as if bad people keep on hurting others and that God never punishes them. That’s when we can trust that God knows what he is doing and will handle it better than we ever could. God put all the sin and evil in the world on his Son Jesus, and Jesus took all the punishment for everyone on the cross. Because of that, we have all of God’s forgiveness and love every day. We can be sure that no problem or hurt caused by others will ever separate us from God’s love and care.
Dear Heavenly Father, help us to give you the hurt that other people cause us and to trust you to take care of things in the best way. Thank you for forgiving us our sins. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.