Do not let those gloat over me who are my enemies without cause;
do not let those who hate me without reason maliciously wink the eye. Psalm 35:19
David is innocent and yet hated which is a strong word the psalmist uses to describe how others viewed him. Could it be David’s righteous living brought enemies despising his nature? The unrighteous don’t have to have a reason to hate those who walk according to the ways of God but often is the case.
What would be the advice of David speaking to us today? It seems throughout his Psalms he would insist that we keep walking. The minute we stop to participate with the accusers we are giving them the artillery they wanted. When we join with them, they gloat for joy because they know they have gotten to us. Often the enemy wants to pursue us to get us to break or start doubting the goodness of God.
It is difficult to keep walking righteously when we are being mocked and hated for our ways. But we must remember, their ways are there to make us stronger and wiser not to become angry and embittered. It may be the day to drop the self- defense and seek God’s defense. When a person is guilty they try to take as many with them to their prison of shame.
Today in the workplace
Has your innocent behavior ever been ridiculed?