One of the worst things that can happen to you is when someone who knows you or is acquainted with you comes and says this: “You know, they are saying this and that about you?” And by “this and that” I mean bad stuff. It is terrible. It could be worse; you could find out on the Internet. But it really could get worse when the whole thing is a lie, a big, fat lie.
What to do? How to respond? It is out there. Many people know and you do not have control over the information. You feel powerless. A mix of frustration, anger, and sadness overcomes your heart. On one side you want to disappear, and on the other side you want to find out who is responsible for the rumors and just destroy the person.
The challenge is that you are a Christian, you fear the Lord, and you do not want to do anything that would bring shame to His Name. At the same time you do not know how to react.
Psalm 5 was written in response to this kind of situation. David had to face something like this. A gossip or a lie, suddenly would spread all over, and he could do nothing. He mentions that he was trying to live a good and holy life through prayer, good deeds, and worship. He was going to the Temple and he was praying regularly, but these actions did not stop people from spreading lies about him.
I do not know about you, but I have been there. It is overwhelming. I was stunned when I heard the bad things they were saying about me. David in the verse 8 calls them “enemies” which literally means “watchers”. Yes, they are out there watching and waiting for you to say something or to do anything, so they can twist and spread the news. Here is how he described them: “…those who tell lies; bloodthirsty and deceitful men… Psalm 5:6.” And in verse 9 he says this: “Not a word from their mouth can be trusted; their heart is filled with destruction. Their throat is an open grave; with their tongue they speak deceit. Psalm 5:9.”
They do not have a commitment with the truth. They are not concerned that their actions may destroy someone, because they are bloodthirsty and deceitful. They are able to do it without you noticing despite the fact they are right beside of you.
What to do? What should we do? David’s psalm helps us to see his reaction and learn from him.
Lift your voice to God – This is the first thing that you should do. It was the first thing that David did in the day. Bring your complaint to God right at the beginning of the day.
Recognize who God is – God will not condone this evil thing. He abhors people who do that. He is holy, just, and righteous. One very important thing is He knows what is going on. Sometimes we are so upset with the situation and with God’s silence that we think that He does not know or He does not care. We are wrong. He knows and He cares. He will punish them.
Finally, continue to do the right thing – There is nothing that we can do in this kind of situation, but cry to the Lord and continue to live a righteous life. This is what David has to say: continue to worship Him, ask Him to lead you in His righteousness, and take refuge in Him. God will bless you, protect you, and surround you with His favors.
Have a blessed week,