Repentance Is Required

If a man does not repent, God will whet his sword;
    he has bent and readied his bow;
he has prepared for him his deadly weapons,
    making his arrows fiery shafts.
Behold, the wicked man conceives evil
    and is pregnant with mischief
    and gives birth to lies.
He makes a pit, digging it out,
    and falls into the hole that he has made.
His mischief returns upon his own head,
    and on his own skull his violence descends.

I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness,
    and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High. Psalm 7:12-17.

God is not cruel and vindictive. We do it to ourselves. His righteousness is as sure as the law of gravity. The ground does not hit you because it is angry. It hits you because you were not looking where you were going and fell.

We Will Win

I am weary with my moaning;
every night I flood my bed with tears;
I drench my couch with my weeping.

My eye wastes away because of grief;
it grows weak because of all my foes.

Depart from me, all you workers of evil,
for the Lord has heard the sound of my weeping.

The Lord has heard my plea;
the Lord accepts my prayer.

All my enemies shall be ashamed and greatly troubled;
they shall turn back and be put to shame in a moment. Psalm 6:6-10.

It is a prayer for ultimate vindication. David expected to be delivered, even though he was miserable in the meantime. He both acknowledges his suffering and confesses victory. We can do the same.

Law and Grace

Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness
because of my enemies;
make your way straight before me.

For there is no truth in their mouth;
their inmost self is destruction;
their throat is an open grave;
they flatter with their tongue.

Make them bear their guilt, O God;
let them fall by their own counsels;
because of the abundance of their transgressions cast them out,
for they have rebelled against you.

But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;
let them ever sing for joy,
and spread your protection over them,
that those who love your name may exult in you.

For you bless the righteous, O Lord;
you cover him with favor as with a shield. Psalm 5:8-12.

We must remember that the law and Grace exist at the same time. There is a long list of charges against us. The law says, “Let them bear their guilt!” But Jesus bore our guilt. He did not only bear our guilt, but the guilt of the whole world. But, if the way of deliverance is forsaken, those charges are waiting. They have only been done away on God’s terms: repent and believe the good news!

He Sets Us Apart

Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness!
You have given me relief when I was in distress.
Be gracious to me and hear my prayer!

O men, how long shall my honor be turned into shame?
How long will you love vain words and seek after lies? Selah

But know that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself;
the Lord hears when I call to him. Psalm 4:1-3

He Is Still God

O Lord, how many are my foes!
Many are rising against me;

many are saying of my soul,
“There is no salvation for him in God.” Selah

But you, O Lord, are a shield about me,
my glory, and the lifter of my head.

I cried aloud to the Lord,
and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah. Psalm 3:1-4.

Our God is here for us even when all is not sunshine and roses. He delivers us from trouble, so we must sometimes experience it. But until he does, we live in glorious expectation of eternal deliverance.