Have you ever been falsely accused? Attacked? I have. And it hurts. The human part of us wants to strike back, but then we remember what Jesus said in His sermon on the mount in Matthew 5:38 and 39, “38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I say to you, do not resist the evildoer. But whoever strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other to him as well.” And also, Paul said in Romans 12:19-21, “19 Do not avenge yourselves, dear friends, but give place to God’s wrath, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 Rather, if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in doing this you will be heaping burning coals on his head. 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
But then, if we are falsely accused of something, and we are known as believers, as Christians, false accusations can sometimes not only give us a personally bad name, but the cause of Christ as well. Here in Psalm 109, David calls upon God to deal harshly with those who accused him falsely. And in verse 21 he says, “O sovereign Lord,intervene on my behalf for the sake of your reputation!”.
My friend, when we are falsely accused, the way I see it, according to scripture we are not to strike back. We are to respond with kindness, and pray that God comes to our defense. David asked God to deal harshly with evil doers, for us and for His own reputation. We don’t have to just take it and say, “Well, I know I haven’t done wrong. It is what it is.” No. God is our Rock and our Defender. Ask Him to deal with the evil doers, and if His name is being slandered because of lies being told about you, ask Him to intervene. We are not the world’s doormat. We belong to the King!