As we learned yesterday, David has shifted his focus from a vertical worship of God to a horizontal instruction of the unrepentant. In verses 4-5 he exhorts the Godly.
1. He encourages them not to give in to anger, resulting in the taking of revenge (4).
2. He then encourages them to come to God rightly and trust that he will avenge (5).
This is an encouragement to us as well. Many times the trials we endure involve our relationships. It is easy to sit and stew over the ways we perceive we have been wronged and plot out our revenge. Maybe you aren’t that dramatic, but have you ever thought about what you would say the next time that person who offended you spoke? Have you ever stayed awake thinking about what you wish you had said? David tells us the proper behavior in these situations.
Hope in the Psalms
Remember that the reason why David had confidence in his prayer to God for deliverance was because of God’s faithfulness to him in the past. This too should be the ground of our confidence, not only in answered prayer, but in wrecked relationships. Ephesians 4:26 reminds us of the Christ-centered principle of right relationships, “Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger.”