Gay Christian Devotion

Psalm 7 (King James Version)

O LORD my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me:

Lest he tear my soul like a lion, rending it in pieces, while there is none to deliver.

O LORD my God, if I have done this; if there be iniquity in my hands;

If I have rewarded evil unto him that was at peace with me; (yea, I have delivered him that without cause is mine enemy:)

Let the enemy persecute my soul, and take it; yea, let him tread down my life upon the earth, and lay mine honour in the dust. Selah.

Arise, O LORD, in thine anger, lift up thyself because of the rage of mine enemies: and awake for me to the judgment that thou hast commanded.

So shall the congregation of the people compass thee about: for their sakes therefore return thou on high.

The LORD shall judge the people: judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity that is in me.

Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins.

My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart.

God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.

If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready.

He hath also prepared for him the instruments of death; he ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors.

Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood.

He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made.

His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate.

I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high.

Reflection

Good things often seem to happen to bad people. And bad things often seem to happen to good people. This strikes everybody as being wrong. God is only supposed to bless the good and punish the wicked. So when the world sees the wicked prospering, while the righteous suffer, the world thinks the righteous ones are even more wicked than the ones who are truly wicked.

The psalmist asks that God will reverse things and will vindicate him. He wants God to set the record straight, to show people that he is not an evil person.

God vindicates His own. Vindication takes time, far too much time. For those who are hurting, vindication takes forever! Waiting can be painful. But vindication eventually comes. For many gay Christians, vindication comes after many years of living faithfully for God, after many years of pouring love out to the very loved ones who rejected them. Vindication comes. The most powerful vindication is the heavenly hug you will receive from God when you are welcomed home. You can wait for that vindication, with wonderful confidence in the God who vindicates completely.