Have you been falsely accused, backstabbed by people who gossiped and spread lies about you, tarnish your reputation to the extent that your superiors sidelined you because of those misperceptions?
If you have or going through such situations, you would probably love what I call the “vindication” Psalms.
They are Psalm 26, Psalm 35 and Psalm 54 – my favorite in those times.
The fact that there are so many such Psalms besides the ones I mentioned goes to show how commonplace the experiences of this nature.
These Psalms express what I won’t normally dare to mouth in my prayers.
“May those who seek my life be disgraced and put to shame; may those who plot my ruin be turned back in dismay. May they be like chaff before the wind, with the angel of the Lord driving them away; may their path be dark and slippery, with the angel of the Lord pursuing them. Since they hid their net for me without cause and without cause dug a pit for me, may ruin overtake them by surprise – may the net they hid entangle them, may they fall into the pit, to their ruin” Psalm 35:4-8
These Psalms don’t sugar coat the feelings of being attacked or play down the cry for vindication.
However we must realize that a cry for vindication is not the same as a cry for vengeance. The former is a cry for justice whilst the latter is a cry for retaliation.
To ask God to vindicate you is to ask Him to clear your name, right the wrong and correct the misperception.
In no way do I see these Psalms as a rant of our negative emotions when we are falsely accused. They are indeed prayers for vindication.
But you can only pray such prayers with confidence when you know you are blameless. It is only when deep down in your heart you know you are innocent and it pains you to hear rumors that your integrity is in question, then you can confidently say “Vindicate me, O Lord” – clear my name, prove my innocence and defend me!”
It is just reason why these prayers first calls for an examination of our lives.
“Test me, Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind; for I have always been mindful of your unfailing love and have lived in reliance on your faithfulness” Psalm 26:2-3.
Perhaps before asking God for vindication, you need to allow Him to test your heart to see if there is any truth in those accusations.
Then and only then you can cling on to the all-seeing God as your Defender.
He sees your pain. He sees the injustice with which you are being treated. He will not let you drown in the tossing sea of slandering gossips and rumours. He will reveal truth and bring deeds done in darkness out into the light. He will punish the wicked and deliver the innocent.
Instead of reacting like our fight back generation, pray Psalm 26, Psalm 35 and Psalm 54. And you shall no sooner declare, “God has vindicated me!”