We have no qualms seeking God to meet our needs. We love to ask, seek and knock. What’s more, God remains faithful to hear our prayers and meet our needs no matter what the circumstance. But, we do not often picture God as the geat avenger. When the world attacked Israel, they attacked God’s chosen people. God neither enjoyed or approved of the treatment of his people.
The psalmist went to God, humbly but earnestly, asking not only for Israel’s restoration, but, also for the vengeance due those that would attack and defile God’s people. He has promised that vengeance was His. He will repay those that would harm those He has chosen. We have to trust God that he will set the ledgers straight and redeem those that have lost much and repay those that have reeked havoc.
It is the same today. The church persecuted may suffer and suffer greatly, but the God that has redeemed his chosen; will also avenge them against anyone that seeks to destroy them. We are charged with the duty to trust God and the responsibility honor His timing. We need not take vengeance into our own hands, but rest in Him and allow Him to both redeem and repay. It relieves us of a need to grow bitter and self-sufficient. We must continue to be “God-sufficient.”
God Bless You
Do not hold against us the sins of past generations;
may your mercy come quickly to meet us,
for we are in desperate need.
9 Help us, God our Savior,
for the glory of your name;
deliver us and forgive our sins
for your name’s sake.
10 Why should the nations say,
“Where is their God?”
Before our eyes, make known among the nations
that you avenge the outpoured blood of your servants.
11 May the groans of the prisoners come before you;
with your strong arm preserve those condemned to die.
12 Pay back into the laps of our neighbors seven times
the contempt they have hurled at you, Lord.
13 Then we your people, the sheep of your pasture,
will praise you forever;
from generation to generation
we will proclaim your praise.