Vindicate Me, O Lord

Very often when we are discouraged, our enemy is very adept at tempting us to focus on our suffering, to the exclusion of other, more important things. Yes, I did say “more important things.” This may difficult to accept, especially if you are currently suffering, but yes, there are things more important than your suffering.

I don’t mean to sound insensitive. The “more important things” to which I refer are things to do with your spiritual well-being. Using the term in a broad sense, I mean your integrity, especially before God.

Psalm 26 is a great example of the prayer of one who is suffering from what life sometimes deals all of us. When you suffer, in your cry for relief, remember to trust in the Lord without wavering, to walk in His truth. Learn to hate the assembly of evildoers and do not sit with the wicked. In short, do those things David said he had done in order to be able to confidently stand and await God’s judgment.

In so doing, even if your suffering in this life is terminal, you will triumph in the righteous judgment of God. Remember, He loves you and so do I.

Donnie Bates

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