Bob and Weave

Musings of an impostor. Welcome to the masquerade.

Side Job No More

Posted by flyingbk on 03/31/2016

On Monday, we looked at how being free from this bookkeeping mentality is a key to a joyful life. I would like to explore this idea a little more today.

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Psalm 35:17-28 (ESV)

17 How long, O Lord, will you look on?
    Rescue me from their destruction,
    my precious life from the lions!
18 I will thank you in the great congregation;
    in the mighty throng I will praise you.

19 Let not those rejoice over me
    who are wrongfully my foes,
and let not those wink the eye
    who hate me without cause.
20 For they do not speak peace,
    but against those who are quiet in the land
    they devise words of deceit.
21 They open wide their mouths against me;
    they say, “Aha, Aha!
    Our eyes have seen it!”

22 You have seen, O Lord; be not silent!
    O Lord, be not far from me!
23 Awake and rouse yourself for my vindication,
    for my cause, my God and my Lord!
24 Vindicate me, O Lord, my God,
    according to your righteousness,
    and let them not rejoice over me!
25 Let them not say in their hearts,
    “Aha, our heart’s desire!”
Let them not say, “We have swallowed him up.”

26 Let them be put to shame and disappointed altogether
    who rejoice at my calamity!
Let them be clothed with shame and dishonor
    who magnify themselves against me!

27 Let those who delight in my righteousness
    shout for joy and be glad
    and say evermore,
“Great is the Lord,
    who delights in the welfare of his servant!”
28 Then my tongue shall tell of your righteousness
    and of your praise all the day long.

 

Rarely does a day go by that I don’t stop and utter an exasperated one-word sigh: “People!” Whether it’s a rude thing said, an unfair judgment rendered, a selfish act on the road, a lack of self-awareness, an unfit excuse delivered: People are people, and we constantly disappoint and get under each other’s skin.

The worst, of course, is when we are unfairly judged. It happened to me the other day, I bellowed that one word, and considered what card to play. I took the high road, but under the hood I was still incensed. The short film starring this other person insisted on frequent showtimes. I discovered that I needed to forgive this person multiple times throughout the day (something like: “Sigh, people. God, help me to forgive and let go of this deal. I don’t want to carry it in my heart.”)

Because Christ has set us free from our side jobs as accountants, we don’t need to seek our own vindication. We can let God do it. Notice in our Psalm how King David thanks and praises God (v. 18) in the MIDST of the people-caused mess. Let’s ask God to tame and transform our impulses so that when we are unfairly accused, we do not seek to vindicate ourselves with words, actions, or cherishing anger and bitterness in our hearts.

The next time we receive unfair treatment (if it hasn’t happened yet today… wait for it), may our reaction not be to lash back, judge back, or feel like a victim. May it be like that of King David in v. 24: “Vindicate me, O Lord, my God, according to your righteousness.”

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