Verses 69-70 Though the arrogant have smeared me with lies, I keep Your precepts with all my heart. Their hearts are callous and unfeeling, but I delight in Your law.
We talked about how God teaches us through the trials of life. We mentioned that some of these afflictions come through others in our life.
The psalmist changes from looking at the affliction to those that have been causing it. He mentions having been slandered by these arrogant people. Being slandered is never enjoyable. Slander can cause so many hurts in life. If the lies are told to the right people it can cost us friendships, our job, our reputation and maybe even our level head.
We can learn about our relationship with the Lord by if we respond or react. Our natural man is bent towards reacting, we want to defend ourselves and make sure everyone knows the truth. We start spewing the facts hoping that everyone knows the truth so they won’t shun us. If we were honest with ourselves we may be more concerned about what people think of us than we care about them knowing the truth.
When we are confident in our standing with the Lord we will know the truth and know that He can expose the lies. This leads to a response versus a reaction. We respond with knowledge and allow God to bring the truth to light instead of broadcasting it ourselves. And more importantly we can’t allow the smearing of our names to keep us from living the law to the best of our ability.
The psalmist implies that the people spreading the lies about us are not God loving people. They are not law lovers and that is why they don’t like us. They see us as someone connected to the law and that means that they want to make it so we are discredited. This smear campaign isn’t so much about us as it is about our connection to the Lord and their desire to smear mud on His name. But the psalmist says it doesn’t matter to him how they smear him personally because he will delight in the law and draw near to God through it. He holds God’s sayings in his heart and holds to the truth.
Making It Personal
Have you ever been slandered? Did you react or respond? Has the slander driven you more towards truth?
Making It Personal Kids
Has anyone ever lied about you? What did you react? Have you ever lied about someone else?
Father, thank You for being our defender. You are truth and if we stand with You we will be standing in truth. Give us the courage and strength needed to not be reactionary to those who lie about us. In Jesus’ name, amen.