Because I am a Christian who believes in the absolute authority of the Bible, that it is the infallible inspired Word of God, I know that mankind is born sinful and that the world is fallen. Still, when I observe the hateful acts of one person toward another, I still find myself asking, *Why must they be like that? Why can't people be kind and fair and just?* Yes, I know the answer, but I ask anyway.
In fact, I've asked myself that a lot in the past week as I've observed first hand the injustice of one person toward another. The only acceptable choice is to forgive, to turn the other cheek, to pray for those who persecute and seek to do harm.
I think God must be preparing in me a powerful new story to be written in the future. Nothing is wasted in God's economy. He does redeem the years the locust has eaten. (Joel 2:25) He does turn to good all things for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28) No weapon formed against a child of the King shall prosper. (Isaiah 54:17)
I have come to love Psalm 35, the honesty of David's heart-cry when he is being unjustly persecuted. Just a few verses:
vs 9-10: ***And my soul shall rejoice in the Lord; it shall exult in His salvation. All my bones will say, "Lord, who is like Thee, who delivers the afflicted from him who is too strong for him, and the afflicted and the needy from him who robs him?"***
vs 27-28: ***Let them shout for joy and rejoice, who favor my vindication; and let them say continually, "The Lord be magnified, who delights in the prosperity of His servant." And my tongue shall declare Thy righteousness and Thy praise all day long.***
Originally posted on Diaryland