No wonder God called David a man after His own heart! David knew that even when others he trusted let him down, God was always there for him. Humanly, David felt a little afraid, and he asked God not to let him be “ashamed” or disappointed.
Knowing how God thinks, David asked God to instead render His kind of justice: to let the betrayer be ashamed instead. Many times in the anger and hurt of betrayal, David asked God to administer that kind of justice: when faced with assassination, David asked God to make widows of the wives of those responsible. David also realized something else that frees you from further pain: to release the wrongdoers into God’s hands for justice in His timing. He knew what a fearful thing it can be to fall into the hands of the living God!
Encouraging Scripture: Psalm 25:1-3
To You, O lord, I lift my soul. O my God, I trust in You; let me not be ashamed; indeed, let no one who waits on You be ashamed; Let those be ashamed who deal treacherously without cause.
Father God, comfort my hurting and betrayed heart. Thanks for loving me so much that You, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are always there no matter what’s going on in my life. Help me to rely upon You, to trust You, that You will make all things work out for the good of those who love You as You say in Romans 8:28. Help me to separate my betrayed feelings and place them where they belong: on the shoulders of the one who hurt me so very much. Help me to see You and others in my life that are trustworthy for the loyal, true friends and supporters that you are. Grant me the courage to move on with these worthy relationships so that I can break free from this terrible time. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Things to Think, Pray and Journal About
1. Have you asked God to help you sort out the collapsed structure of your relationships and help you feel secure once again?
2. Do you know that forgiving is about you breaking free and not about removing the consequences of the wrongdoer’s actions?
3. Do you know that you don’t have to allow the one who betrayed you back into your life even after you forgive him or her?
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