STREET-SMART ABOUT THE POWERFUL
Princes persecute me without cause, but my heart stands in awe of your words. Psalm 119:161
Unfortunate is the adult who still has the magical thinking of a child. He expects that life will always be fair and that there will always be a human being to fight on his behalf. His parents, most likely, shielded him from all bias, any trace of corruption, and perhaps, even how godly power worked.
My father was a public high school teacher, then principal, then guidance counselor. Stories were told around our dinner table about parents who stood up for ‘little Johnny’ when discipline for his rebellious and disruptive behavior might have saved him. Parents, indignant that their children could be guilty, interfered and their children never faced consequences. When the children grew to be adults, many still believed that rules were never made for them and they lived by their fists.
David knew persecution, even by those who had the unlimited power to raise up an army. The reputation of the crown also preceded them. Yet, he was street-smart in the midst of injustice. Some years later, he would pass on such wisdom to his son, Solomon, as evidenced by Solomon’s writing. “If you see in a province the oppression of the poor and the violation of justice and righteousness, do not be amazed at the matter, for the high official is watched by a higher, and there are yet higher ones over them.” Ecclesiastes 5:8
David knew that there was such a thing as innocence even if prestigious men and women called you guilty. He also knew that God, the higher authority, watched all matters and it would be just a matter of time before justice would prevail. Though it appears men get away with wielding the sword of abusive power, it is an illusion. Their crimes will catch up to them and they will pay for all eternity if they do not repent at the foot of the cross.
No one, not even a prince, should cause me to wear robes of shame if I am innocent, or if I have repented and made restitution. The mighty are little in Your universe. Keep my perspective clean and focused. Amen