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December 13, 2015

DEVOTIONAL – DEC 13

by Leslie John

DAVID PRAYS FOR JUSTICE

Leslie M. John
“My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart. God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day” (Psalms 7:10-11)David affirms that his defense is from God who saves the upright in heart. God surely judges the righteous according to His righteousness and grants mercy but He is angry with the wicked every day. David knew that vengeance belongs to God (Ref. Psalm 94:1). He also knew that God is merciful, gracious and slow to anger and, therefore prays to God to do justice quickly. David prays to the LORD to arise in His anger because of the rage of his enemies.

”Arise, O LORD, in thine anger, lift up thyself because of the rage of mine enemies: and awake for me to the judgment that thou hast commanded”. (Psalms 7:6)

It was a prayer for his safety and the safety of the Kingdom. In Psalm 7 it was against Shimei who was cursing that David’s kingdom be taken away and be given to his son Absalom, who was pursing him in a wrong way. Absalom did not do justice to his sister Tamar who was raped by Amnon, David’s’ son from Ahinoam, the Jezreelites. (Ref. 2 Samuel 3:2)

”And Absalom her brother said unto her, Hath Amnon thy brother been with thee? but hold now thy peace, my sister: he is thy brother; regard not this thing. So Tamar remained desolate in her brother Absalom’s house” (2 Samuel 13:20)

”And David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in unto her, and lay with her: and she bare a son, and he called his name Solomon: and the LORD loved him”. (2 Samuel 12:24)

God’s providence was that the Kingdom be given to his son Solomon. Adonijah, another son of David also pursued in a wrong way to usurp the kingdom from David but God’s will prevailed and Solomon became King over Israel after David.

It is to be pondered over if the curses that Shimei hurled at King David were greater than the shouting of the people before Pilate when Lord Jesus was standing before him on false charges. No! First, the chief priests and the elders persuaded the multitude to ask for the release of Barabbas, a noted criminal, in preference to Jesus. Then when Pilate was willing to release Jesus they cried saying ”Crucify him, Crucify him” (Ref. Luke 23:21)

Pilate saw that his speech did not bring any fruit and, therefore, he took water, washed his hands before them and said that he was innocent of the blood of the just person but they answered and said ”His blood be on us, and on our children”

”When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it. Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children”. (Matthew 27:24-25)

As they called upon the blood of innocent Lord Jesus to be upon them and their children so it was granted to them by God. In AD 70 Roman Emperor Titus took siege of Jerusalem and killed many Jews and their children. Josephus records that a million people were killed of whom majority were Jews (Josephus, The Wars of the Jews VI.9.3)

From the cross Lord Jesus Christ prayed for their souls and for their salvation and said ”…Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do… ” (Luke 23:34)

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