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Vindication

Today I have a sense of moral vindication. I also have an enormous temptation to pride and "I-told-you-so" vanity. It would be wildly inappropriate for me, at this time, to give any specifics at all. And I am in need of your prayers that I can rejoice in the Lord and His victory and not in my flesh.

I have found myself reading Psalm 37 often over the past couple of weeks. God has brought it to me many times in prayer. When I found out about this vindicating episode just yesterday, it sprang directly to mind.

I am the kind of person who notices that the wicked prosper. When I see this, I often remind myself that God is gracious and causes his sun to rise on both the good and the bad (Matthew 5:45). It is not for me to judge others, and it is not for me to be envious when evil men succeed. But in times like this, when I see God's Word vindicated and the wicked brought low, I am renewed in my faith. I see that God's promises come to pass, that the wicked do not endure, and that sometimes good triumphs in this life.

Praise the Lord.

From the 37th Psalm

Do not fret because of those who are evil
or be envious of those who do wrong;
for like the grass they will soon wither,
like green plants they will soon die away.

Trust in the LORD and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.

Take delight in the LORD
and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the LORD;
trust in him and he will do this:

He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
your vindication like the noonday sun.

Be still before the LORD
and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.

Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
do not fret—it leads only to evil.

For those who are evil will be destroyed,
but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land.

Psalm 37:1-9, Today's New International Version