Vindicated!

vin·di·cate
ˈvindəˌkāt/ verb
  1. clear (someone) of blame or suspicion.
  2. show or prove to be right, reasonable, or justified.

David had powerful enemies. Among them was the king of Israel, Saul. Saul was constantly trying to hunt David down and put him to death because he was jealous of David. David was a threat to his power.

David was a hunted man. But David knew what to do when there are no other allies. He knew there is one ally who never deceives and never leaves.

This is what we need to know too, especially when we feel we’re under attack. The attack might come from a neighbor. The attack might come from someone in authority (as it was with David). The attack may even be spiritual and come from Satan, or our own sinful flesh.

Betrayal is bad enough. Self-betrayal is horribly difficult.

But there will always be One to whom we can appeal. Our God will make sure that we are vindicated. He will be constant in his love. He will steadily remind us that he is always powerfully present — faithful to the end!

In fact, he has already made sure we are vindicated. Because he sent his Son, Jesus, to be the perfect payment for our sins. He delivered his own Son over to death to insure that we are cleared of all blame and suspicion. He has justified us — declared us recipients of Christ’s righteousness and proclaimed us to be “just as if” we had never sinned!

“I cry out to God Most High, to God, who vindicates me. He sends from heaven and saves me, rebuking those who hotly pursue me—God sends forth his love and his faithfulness” (Psalm 57:2-3, NIV).

Our Bible reading for Tuesday, May 6, is Judges 4:1 – 5:31, John 4:43 – 5:15, and Psalm 57:1-6.

God, thank you for vindicating me, and declaring me innocent of all my sins. This is the greatest gift anyone could ever give me. And it’s all possible because you, in love, sent your one and only Son, to die in my place and offer the perfect sacrifice for my sins. You have loved me with the greatest possible love. And I love you, Lord.

Header image based on "Justice Gavel" by Tori Rector, CC By-SA 2.0

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I'm married to my beautiful wife Julie and have five kids whose names all begin with the letter A. I'm a pastor at CrossWalk Church in Phoenix, AZ. I love Jesus, my wife, my kids, and my grandkids. Huge Arizona Cardinals fan! Reading, hiking, camping, travel, and fishing are my top 5 downtime pleasures.

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  1. Our Bible reading for Tuesday, May 6, is Judges 4:1 – 5:31, John 4:43 – 5:15, and Psalm 57:1-6.

    I cry out to God Most High, to God, who vindicates me. He sends from heaven and saves me, rebuking those who hotly pursue me— God sends forth his love and his faithfulness. (‭Psalm‬ ‭57‬:‭2-3‬ NIV)

    Heavenly Father, you are my maker and my judge. In Jesus you have found me innocent of all my sin. You have vindicated me, made me whole in your sight. Thank you Father for all your love and grace. Thank you for my Savior who gives me hope the hope that I truly will see you in eternity.

    ~Paul Montenieri

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