They put gall in my food and gave me vinegar for my thirst. Psalm 68:21
The Psalmist experiences the greatest of pains – the persecution of others. He experienced early in His kingship that fearing others was going to lead him down a conflicting road. He learned that his task could in no way be met by the consummation of pleasing those around him. He knew his heart was not going to be satisfied with the comments and blessings of others, for David was despised.
So what happens when we find ourselves in the place of life where no one seems to be supporting us? We may try and find some encouragement from others only to come up weary and heartbroken. Or could it be this is the exact place God brings us to open our eyes to His favor? The comments and actions can easily bruise the heart, but God has a plan. We can sit and wait for the approval of others, or we can seek God.
God desires us to fear Him alone. Our identity doesn't begin with the affirmation of others, but how we truly see ourselves starts with God. Allowing God's opinions and truths to rule our lives is freedom. So when the persecution of others comes your way, remember, don't stop- use their words to grow closer to the Lord. Allow your heart to chase after God's affirmation.
Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the Lord means safety. Proverbs 29:25
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