O God, declare them guilty. Let them be caught in their own traps. Drive them away because of their many sins, for they rebel against you. Psalm 5:10 NLT
How many times have you judged someone else who has done something to hurt you? Have you been quick to devise some sort of punishment?
The psalmist lets God do the judging and the punishment.
God, you declare them guilty.
God I will let them be caught in their own traps -- I myself will not try to entrap them.
God, I will let you drive them away because of their many sins and their rebellion against you.
Instead of going around and bad-mouthing that person, the psalmist speaks against them in their prayers to God. It is God who hears their troubles and their hurts. It is also up to God to deal with the person who hurt them.
How can you let God do the judging and punishment in your own life?
God, we will hand over the judgments to you. It is for you to declare guilt and to drive the rebellious away. Help us not to think we can be you. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Copyright 2011 Amelia G. Sims