On Facebook you may have have a lot of “friends” … But what do you do if you’ve got a lot of “enemies?”
Here’s the situation King David experienced when the Philistines, Israel’s archenemies, seized Him in Gath… (Notice the phrases David used to describe his circumstances and situation…)
“My enemies trample on me… an attacker oppresses me… many attack me proudly… they injure my cause… their thoughts are against me for evil… they stir up strife… they lurk… they watch my steps… they have waited for my life.” (From Psalm 53:1-2, 5-6)
Ever kinda feel like you were going through something like that? David was having a rough day… perhaps a week… or longer, wouldn’t you say?
But here is how he dealt with it…
“When I am afraid, I put my trust in You! In God, whose word I praise. In God I trust; I shall not be afraid! What can mere man do to me? … This I know, that God is for me! In God, whose word I praise – in the Lord, whose word I praise – In God I trust! I shall not be afraid what can mere man do to me?… You have delivered me… that I may walk before You in the light of life!” (From Psalm 56:3-4, 9b-11, 13)
I think David provides a really healthy example for us! What he did when he faced hatred and unjust attacks and the scheming of his enemies is a model for us! Trust the Lord to protect and vindicate you! Affirm and believe that “If God is for you, who can be against you?” (cp. Romans 8:31) Cling to the promises of God’s word and praise Him for those promises! Oh, and one more thing… Behave yourself and “Do not return evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all.” (Check out Romans 12:17 – It’s the New Testament way!)