Since they hid their net for me . . . may the net they hid entangle them, may they fall into the pit, to their ruin. (Ps. 35:7–8)
Expanded Passage: Psalm 35:1–10
For a time, I was deeply hurt about a situation where I felt that my talents and heart were not seen or valued. Although I felt like I was being forgotten, I soon realized that, even if others cannot see what is going on, God can. I saw that I had been trying to carry everything and fix it, but God was telling me to be still and wait for him. Knowing that God sees my heart and knows my intentions, I prayed that he would make a way.
When David was writing this psalm, he was being hunted by Saul. David had done no wrong to deserve such treatment, and was crying out to God for justice. Throughout our lives, we may see many injustices take place against us or those we love. When we experience this, we can start to doubt God and wonder where he is in all of this. David prayed for God to intervene, and for the people who set the trap to fall in it themselves. He was not praying for vengeance, but he was praying for justice. He also did not want to take matters into his own hands, but wanted to rely on God to move. When Jesus returns, all will be made right. In the meantime, we know we can turn to the Lord for refuge, just as David did.
Turn to God amid injustice.
Rachel Reigard serves the Great Lakes Region of The Wesleyan Church as an ordained minister. She loves walking around Lake Michigan with her husband, Josh, and Corgi, Waffles.
© 2023 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.