Part of Psalm 69:4 is underlined in my Bible from a time in the past where God spoke to me. Yet today the words jumped off the page as though I'd never read them. (emphasis mine).
"I’ve got more enemies than hairs on my head;
Sneaks and liars are out to knife me in the back.
What I never stole must I now give back?" (MSG)
"Those who hate me without reason
outnumber the hairs of my head;
many are my enemies without cause,
those who seek to destroy me.
I am forced to restore
what I did not steal." (NIV)
"My enemies despise me without any cause;
they outnumber the hairs on my head.
They torment me with their power;
they have absolutely no reason to hate me.
Now I am set to pay for crimes
I have never committed!" (VOICE)
Throughout the Psalm, the Psalmist pours out his heart about how it feels to be falsely accused, including verse 20 where he shares how brokenhearted and alone he feels.
"I’m broken by their taunts,
Flat on my face, reduced to a nothing.
I looked in vain for one friendly face. Not one.
I couldn’t find one shoulder to cry on." (MSG)
"Scorn has broken my heart
and has left me helpless;
I looked for sympathy, but there was none,
for comforters, but I found none." (NIV)
"All this ridicule has broken my heart,
killed my spirit.
I searched for sympathy, and I came up empty.
I looked for supporters, but there was no one." (VOICE)
Many past situations came to my mind where I felt alone and misunderstood...
- Co-workers covering mistakes by telling the boss I did them;
- Friends betraying me by breaking a confidence;
- Friends believing lies about me;
- Being in the wrong place at the wrong time, guilty by association;
- Simply being misunderstood, and no matter what I said or did, the misunderstanding continued.
The answer? Verses 13-16: Pray to the Lord, and trust in His great love and mercy!
That's what the Psalmist did, and we have the same loving God of the universe ready to hear our prayers and our cries. We can be completely honest with Him - after all, He knows it all anyway.
Whatever situation you face today, be encouraged that you are not alone. God is with you, and He understands. Pour out your heart to Him and trust in His great love for you.