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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

When Attacked or Criticized, Trust God to Defend Me

In review of Psalm 62:5-7 it says, “I depend on God alone; I put my hope in him. He alone protects and saves me; he is my defender, and I shall never be defeated. My salvation and honor depend on God; he is my strong protector; he is my shelter.”

Bottom Line:
You can depend on God, he will protect and save you. He is a fortress where you can feel secure. All salvation and honor comes from him as he is your strong protector.

What this means to me:
I will wait quietly and depend on God alone. My hope is in him as he protects and saves. He is my defender where I can feel secure. My salvation and honor depends on Him. He is my refuge and rock where I can find safety.

One thing is for certain, there will always be people who will misunderstand not like me. Someone will always be there to criticize, judge, attack, and possibly even spread rumors about me.

My natural reaction when I’m misunderstood or attacked is to defend myself. When I’m criticized, I usually want to criticize back. When others insult me, I want to insult them back.

This verse reminds me to not do it! Instead, God be my defender. Every time I’m under attack, criticized, put down, or misunderstood, I have two choices. I can defend myself, or I can let God defend me. I should consider who can do a better job defending me, myself or God.

From what I understand in scripture, I’m most like Christ when I say nothing in the face of attack, lies, and unfair criticism. I’m most like Jesus when I remain silent and leave it in God’s hands.  

When Jesus was insulted, “he did not answer back with an insult; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but placed his hopes in God, the righteous Judge” (1 Peter 2:23 TEV).  Even Jesus did not fight back in the face of his unjust conviction and persecution. He trusted God to defend him when it mattered most and to have the ultimate justice.

From what I can see in psalms, King David was criticized and attacked his entire life. Seems most of his life others wanted to kill him because they were jealous.

David said this in Psalm 62:5-7: “I depend on God alone; I put my hope in him. He alone protects and saves me; he is my defender, and I shall never be defeated. My salvation and honor depend on God; he is my strong protector; he is my shelter.

There will likely be a lot of people who are going to be jealous of my success, and they’re going to want to attack me for many different reasons. But, like David, I need to let God be my protector, Savior, defender, victor, and shelter.

I suspect that this verse is warning me of an upcoming attack.  I pray that Holy Spirit will bring this verse to mind, So I can just let God handle it and let him be my defense.

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