Vindicate me, O Lord, according to my righteousness and my integrity that is in me. (Psalm 7:8)
There is a repetitive theme throughout the Psalms and indeed, throughout the Bible, that God is absolutely righteous and worthy of all praise. We are all sinners and deserve the consequences of our wrongdoing. But God is merciful, always ready to forgive, cleanse, and restore when we come to Him in confession and repentance.
The opening verses of this Psalm give us a model of confession—humble recognition that many of our troubles, conflicts in relationships, and turmoil within may be because of our own sin. Have we been guilty of treating others unjustly, condoning evil by simply tolerating worldliness in our indulgence of entertainment and pleasure? Have we taken advantage and “plundered” others for our own benefit or gain? If so, we must acknowledge why our soul is torn apart and why we feel that we are being trampled down.
But when we do come under attack and others take advantage of us, we must recognize that it is God’s task to deal with it, not ours. Others may malign our reputation and motives, criticize something we have done, or undermine our work. Our security is in the Lord, and we must be confident that He will rise up against the unjust.
God reigns on high and will judge the peoples. He is a righteous judge and will in indignation vindicate those who have been wronged and who maintain their integrity. He is our shield. If the wicked adversary does not repent, he brings on himself the deadly judgment prepared by God. The one who conceives mischief and is given to violence is like one who has dug a pit as a trap and then falls into it himself.
But the one who can look to God for a refuge and be confident of His intervention and deliverance is the one who is upright in heart. We can expect His help only according to our own righteousness and integrity. Second Chronicles 16:9 says, “The eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.”
A person who is upright in heart is one who is right in his relationship with God and is honest and transparent in all relationships and motives. He is one who reflects holiness, purity, and righteousness in his daily life. God will always vindicate such a person.
So even in the midst of adversity—whether it is people who are creating problems and conflicts or a sense of overwhelming problems and situations that tend to bring us down—we can rejoice and give thanks to God for His righteousness and faithfulness and sing praise to the Lord Most High!