READ : Psalm 35:11-28
Is someone making life difficult for you? A member of your own family, or someone else?
A variety of people made life difficult for David: his own brothers, King Saul, the Philistine leaders of surrounding nations and finally his son Absalom. The people of God have always been persecuted. Consider Abel, the prophets, Jesus, the apostles, the martyrs thrown to the lions.
Today there is much persecution. More people will die for Christ this year than in the 300 years when Rome persecuted the early church! In the countries where most of us live, it is safe to be a Christian. We must make sure that if people are picking on us, it is not because we are obnoxious.
How does the Psalmist respond to persecution? He prays that his enemies will be unsuccessful in their attempts to hurt him and that he will escape from them (vv. 25,26). He also prays that he may sense the presence of God with him (v. 22). The Psalmist also praises God for the deliverance that has not yet come, but that he knows will come because he trusts in God.
Our greatest enemies, greater than unfair treatment, are our sin, self and Satan.
Father, help us when people make life difficult for us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.