TRUST: Receive Blessings and Vindication from God


 

I do not need to ask if you have ever been done wrong. That is a foregone conclusion. One of the most natural responses to being done wrong is revenge. You want to get the person back for what he/she did to you. For the believer, we are encouraged and commanded to not repay evil for evil. In Deuteronomy 32:35, God says, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay.
In due time their foot will slip; their day of disaster is near and their doom rushes upon them.” By believing and obeying God, we are saying that we TRUST: Receive Blessings and Vindication from God.

We see God’s man, King David, affirm this position in Psalm 24. Of this passage, hallowed commentator, Matthew Henry, states that “this psalm is concerning the kingdom of Jesus Christ, I. His providential kingdom, by which he rules the world, Ps. 24:1, 2. II. The kingdom of his grace, by which he rules in his church. 1. Concerning the subjects of that kingdom; their character (Ps. 24:4,6), their charter, Ps. 24:5. 2. Concerning the King of that kingdom; and a summons to all to give him admission, Ps. 24:7-10. It is supposed that the psalm was penned upon occasion of David’s bringing up the ark to the place prepared for it, and that the intention of it was to lead the people above the pomp of external ceremonies to a holy life and faith in Christ, of whom the ark was a type.”

What I see in response to the issue of revenge is TRUST: Receive Blessings and Vindication from God.

The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it,
    the world, and all who live in it;
for he founded it on the seas
    and established it on the waters.

Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord?
    Who may stand in his holy place?
The one who has clean hands and a pure heart,
    who does not trust in an idol
    or swear by a false god.

They will receive blessing from the Lord
    and vindication from God their Savior.
Such is the generation of those who seek him,
    who seek your face, God of Jacob.

There is no one greater to ascend the mountain of God and to stand in His holy place with clean hands and a pure heart than Christ. Christ did not swear by a false god when being sacrificed for the sins of man. We see Peter discuss Christ’s example of not seeking revenge in 1 Peter 2

19 For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God. 20 But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. 21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.

22 “He committed no sin,
    and no deceit was found in his mouth.”

23 When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. 24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” 25 For “you were like sheep going astray,” but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

When being done wrong, Jesus committed no sin, and no deceit was found in His mouth. He did not retaliate when being insulted. He made no threats when suffering. What He did do was to entrust Himself to him who judges justly. Jesus trusted God. Jesus is the shining example of TRUST: Receive Blessings and Vindication from God.

While I have fallen short of my Savior’s example on many occasions, I can attest to God giving me vindication in some instances when I just trusted in Him. First, I was not soiled by anger, bitterness and revenge. I was able to move on and be at peace despite the injustice done to me. Jesus was my example. He did no wrong. I sin daily, but God stood by me. This is why I am advocating TRUST: Receive Blessings and Vindication from God.

The word used for vindication is tsĕdaqah which is translated as righteousness in the KJV but vindication here in the NIV. According to dictionary.com, vindication is to clear, as from an accusation, imputation, suspicion, or the like: to vindicate someone’s honor; or to afford justification for; justify:

In times where I was just done dog wrong, God has justified me not just in my dealings with Him where I did Him wrong, but also in when people have done me wrong. He has proven that what was said, assigned or attributed to me was not only wrong but it was the opposite of what was said. It is so fulfilling for God to put His stamp of approval on you when others say or treat you in a manner inconsistent with the truth.

Hallelujah! TRUST: Receive Blessings and Vindication from God.

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