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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

When Enemies Attack (Psalm 71)

I’m guessing many of us can read Psalm 71 and think of a time when we or someone close to us was the one being attacked.

We can probably remember an enemy trying to drag us down and disgrace us while trying to make themselves look righteous.

Psalm 71:1 O Lord, I have come to you for protection; don’t let me be disgraced.

Psalm 71:4 My God, rescue me from the power of the wicked, from the clutches of cruel oppressors.

Psalm 71:10 For my enemies are whispering against me. They are plotting together to kill me.

When we experience these attacks, I would also guess our mind immediately goes both to defense and then to retaliation.

But where our mind probably does not go is to “What would Jesus do?” In fact, our mind should also go to “What did Jesus do?”

Jesus was attacked, accused, beaten, humiliated, and nailed to a cross in our place.

He didn’t defend Himself. In fact, He remained silent before His accusers, even though He was completely innocent.

Then in the end He even prayed, “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they do.”

Could that be true in our case as well?

Could it be that the enemy attacking us also does not know what they are doing and we as followers of Christ need to pray “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they do?”

And could it also be as we follow Jesus’ example, we find healing as we draw close to God, pray for our enemy, and live out the righteousness of Christ?

Dear Lord, Please strengthen me to follow Your example. No matter what my enemies choose to do, please let my actions and my words always honor and glorify You.

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