He sits in the lurking places of the villages; In the hiding places he kills the innocent; His eyes stealthily watch for the unfortunate. He lurks in a hiding place as a lion in his lair; He lurks to catch the afflicted; He catches the afflicted when he draws him into his net. He crouches, he bows down, And the unfortunate fall by his mighty ones. (Psalms 10:8-10 NASB)
I have read through the Psalms many times. I typically have trouble identifying with David when he pours out his heart on the enemy pursuing him. I have never been a military leader – and never will. How does it feel to know that some is lurking around trying to overtake you? I haven’t the foggiest clue. Or do I?
I Peter 5:8 states, “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” He crouches around waiting to overtake us – whether it be current bondage, guilt from the past, or evil in the world.
When I witness the hate in the world, I want to play the role of vigilante. But your word says, “Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,” says the Lord (Romans 12:19 NASB). You will see to it that justice is served for those who have oppressed your children. You will take care of those responsible for the rampant spread of human trafficking.
God, may the church rise as your ambassadors to rescue those who cannot help themselves. Instead of spewing hate at the evil doers, may we overcome evil with good (1 Thess 5:15).
The wicked will soon find out that there is a God, for every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. May they realize this while there is still time for their redemption. May they receive your grace, forgiveness, and salvation. God you do not wish for any to perish but for ALL to come to repentance.