Getting God's Attention
Getting God’s Attention
Awake, and rise to my defense! Contend for me, my God and Lord. Psalm 35:23
David’s confidence did not rest in man or his own strength but exclusively in who God is. He knew God would contend for him and he didn’t need to fret the opinions of his accusers. He rested in God and desired God to become active in his request, but he waited on God’s timing. He needed God’s attention and appealed for Him to rise to his defense and it's interesting how much he desired God to contend for him, not others.
It's not always easy waiting for God to come to our defense and often in the wait, we may try to defend ourselves by using our protection mode. We defend ourselves at the demise of our enemies trying to gain favor with men. This can lead to strife and havoc but may make us feel better, knowing we have come to our rescue and have others believing our side.
David’s voice could have certainly gained many followers by standing and defending himself. However, there were those who believed in him not because he tried to prove himself, but people who knew David could trust his heart. David didn’t need to constantly be arguing his character for it was evident through his actions. Often, it is best to allow your character to speak for itself. When we try to defend ourselves to all we meet, we may be trying to convince ourselves as much or more than them. David prayed for those who persecuted him and desired God to speak on his defense.
Today in the Workplace
Are you trying to defend your heart?