Arise, O Lord, in your anger; rise up against the rage of my enemies. Awake, my God; decree justice.
Let the assembled peoples gather around you. Rule over them from on high; let the Lord judge the peoples.
Judge me, O Lord according to my righteousness, according to my integrity, O Most High, O righteous God, who searches minds and hearts, bring to an end the violence of the wicked and make the righteous secure.
David is being falsely accused and here he is calling out to God to convene Court. David is asking the Lord to sit in judgment over a trial in which there are many people gathered to watch the proceedings. “Judge us all,” says David. “From Your throne, Lord. ‘Judge the peoples.’”
Then David lays his case before the Judge. David isn’t declaring himself to be righteous in all things. “Judge me according to my righteousness.” David’s point is that he is innocent of the charges laid out by his accusers. David knows God reads the hearts and minds of all men.
David’s plea, “End the hatred directed at me. Protect the innocent.”
Many of us, if not all of us, have been unfairly accused of horrible things for which we are not guilty. However if we are honest we have probably committed other sins that are equally heinous. Perhaps we will be exonerated from the current charge. We still have to face the consequences for the charges not leveled on us.
We have a benefit of life after our conversion from worldly humans being to Christ-like humans doing. David did not get to enjoy a life after the advent of his Messiah. Yet he knew to seek God’s judgment. He was wise to ask God to condemn and to punish. It would have fool hearty to mete condemnation and punishment to his enemies by his power.
We believe Jesus. Because we have heard and responded affirmatively to the Gospel of Christ we are already made righteous in God’s sight. Our sins have been erased to be remembered by God no longer. We have the Holy Spirit inspired words of the Apostle who said:
We do not know what we ought to pray, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.
Forgive those who have caused you harm, today. Be a blessing and pray for them. Call out to God and ask for Holy Justice.