Vindicate me, my God, and plead my cause against an unfaithful nation. Rescue me from those who are deceitful and wicked. (Ps. 43:1)

If you research the famous lines of actor and former governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger, among the most popular is his response, “I’ll be back,” from the very first Terminator movie. It was a simple, yet profound one-liner that communicated a dual meaning for us and those within the movie. In my own life, I’ve seen others make this type of declaration, whether they were returning from an illness, recovering from a failed business, or God changing hearts as hurts, habits, and hang-ups had wrecked their marriage. It could be said in each situation: It’s not over until it’s over.

In our text today, David made a similar plea as his enemies seemed to have had the upper hand and those watching were wondering, “Does he have another victory in him or is this his final defeat?”

I want to encourage you that although your struggle or your past is a part of you, it certainly does not define you. Our God has a history of extending grace to the humble and opposing the proud. He has a track record of not calling the qualified, but qualifying the called. Every time the enemy tried to take out you or your family, God knew there was a scene in your story where you’d be able to say, “I’ll be back.”

Thank God for how he has vindicated you and silenced your enemies.

Santes Beatty is the multiethnic multiplication catalyst for The Wesleyan Church and campus pastor of Mosaic Midtown Church in Detroit, Michigan.

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Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.