What to do when you have enemies or critics

Psalms Bible Background

Old Testament: Psa 5.8

To read the Bible in a year, read Psalms 4–6 on July 11, In the year of our Lord Christ 2020

By Don Ruhl

When you have a relentless critic, the temptation is to become like him, to fight him in the way that he is fighting you, and soon you have forgotten to take the righteous path. David knew how this happens, so he prayed:

Lead me, O LORD, in Your righteousness because of my enemies;
Make Your way straight before my face.

– Psalm 5.8

We cannot let our eyes fall solely on our enemy, but we always have to have our eyes on the Lord. That is why David prayed as he did.

Questions:

  • Are you easily tempted to carry out your own personal vengeance?
  • What did David mean that he wanted the Lord’s way straight before his face?

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