I am a big fan of men of God being honest about inner conflict. This one is intriguing because the Psalmist clearly loves God and wants to follow Him in doing what’s right. In this Psalm he acknowledges that he doesn’t want to slip into the dark side. The plotting and scheming of wicked people for your demise is serious stuff. You don’t want to get caught up in their stuff. At the same time you are aware that there is a desire to see you fall. That adversity can lead to wanting to take matters into your own hands to deal with it. Dealing with it in your own hands, however, can lead to you using the very same tactics as your opponents to eliminate them. No need for you to get your hands dirty by doing that. Leave it to them to allow their own twisted plans to twist themselves up.
That’s why it’s far better to accept rebukes from the righteous. Let them slap you back into shape whenever you’re thinking is likely to get twisted. That stern word can take you back to the focus on God who saves you – often from yourself.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden