12 May the Lord judge between you and me. And may the Lord avenge the wrongs you have done to me, but my hand will not touch you. 13 As the old saying goes, ‘From evildoers come evil deeds,’ so my hand will not touch you.
14 “Against whom has the king of Israel come out? Who are you pursuing? A dead dog? A flea? 15 May the Lord be our judge and decide between us. May he consider my cause and uphold it; may he vindicate me by delivering me from your hand.”
David quotes a proverb to King Saul, “From evildoers come evil deeds”. Of course David’s argument was the reverse of this proverb, in other words, “I did a good deed which makes me a good person” or “From good-doers come good deeds” it may not be the best argument for his innocence yet David lands on solid ground with this prayer, “May the Lord consider my cause and uphold it; may He vindicate me by delivering me . . .” (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell us about God and people?
- What stands out to you in this passage and why?
- In what ways can you apply this passage in your daily life?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
Ask the Lord for the gift of faith to see, pray and act for the redemption of the situation you’re concerned about.