Deliver me, O Lord, from evil men; preserve me from violent men,

Who plan evil things in their heart and stir up wars continually.

They make their tongue sharp like a serpent’s, and under their lips is the venom of asps.

Psalm 140: 1-3

 

This seems to be a theme that runs through and over most of our lives; it is, fortunately, not one that is the center of our worlds all of the time, but when these people are actively involved with us, they can make those days ones that are best described as “living hell”. The reality of that descriptor is that this is rather literally what is happening. The anger, hatred, fury, and evil intent of hell is what we are encountering when people are used by Satan.

 

This may seem harsh, but consider this, if it were not for Christ and your relationship with God that comes through Him, who would you be serving? If it were not for the influence of the Spirit of God on your mind and heart, thus on your actions, what could you be like? The answers to this sort of battle are found in God’s truth and the support that we all require for the fight is found in His Spirit and in our spiritual family.

 

Although God does not ask us to just take the abuse and refuse to defend ourselves in the face of aggressive attacks, He does tell us to trust Him with the way that we respond, for the Lord will bring protection, safety, and answers to us, and He does want us to respond to the people who are assaulting us from the solid footing of His love, peace, and grace. This is a hard thing to actually do, and it is done through continual prayer, by searching God’s word, and with the strong support of Godly people.

 

I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and will execute justice for the needy.

Surely the righteous shall give thanks to your name; the upright shall dwell in your presence.

Psalm 140: 13