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We trust in God’s justice and character to answer in perfect time.

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What shall be given to you,
and what more shall be done to you,
you deceitful tongue?
A warrior’s sharp arrows,
with glowing coals of the broom tree!

 

In verse two, the Psalmist writes, “and he answered.” We don’t know exactly what the answer was, but in today’s reading we get a hint as to how God answered. “A warrior’s sharp arrows, with glowing coals of the broom tree.” At first, that doesn’t sound so great. God’s answer wasn’t wealth, power, or health. Rather, the answer entailed God taking care of the enemy.

The enemy is not us or the people around us, it’s about sin. So, whether it’s our own struggle with sin or our struggle with the sin of those around us, God promises to take care of sin. However, sin may not receive an immediate punishment or due justice. This is the very tension in our pilgrimage as Christians as well. God’s answer is not always fulfilled in the here-and-now, rather a vast majority of answers will not be fulfilled until the final establishment of God’s kingdom. So we pray, “Lord, come quickly,” as we yearn for his kingdom to be both literal and physical (Matthew 6:10).

As for right now, we have a God who sees and hears. We believe God’s righteous Day will come when the wicked will meet their end and the true enemy will be rightly conquered. Today, we stand in assurance, knowing our prayers are lifted up on his altar, and we trust in his justice and character to answer in God’s perfect time. We may not always get the answer we’re looking for, but we will get the reward of Him and being saved on the Day of Judgement, as well as the assurance of justice in that final day when His peace is established permanently. Today, praise God for answered prayers and for the prayers yet to be fulfilled.

 

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood,
but against the rulers, against the authorities,
against the cosmic powers over this present darkness,
against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
-Ephesians 6:12

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By Cole Comstock

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