“That thou mayest give him rest from the days of adversity, until the pit be digged for the wicked.”
Before the verse above, you see the psalmist wanting to get revenge for the hurtful things that others had done to him. The word “adversity” is the result of hurt that had come from people who were trying to destroy him. However, God reminded the psalmist that He was digging a pit for those who were trying to hurt him. Though the pit was still being dug, the psalmist showed what to do in the days of adversity; the days when others are trying to destroy you. Let me share with you six things you need to do while God is digging a pit for your adversaries.
First, don’t seek revenge. You will find in life that those who are supposed to be your friends are the ones who are your adversaries most of the time. It is natural to want to seek revenge against those who say hurtful and hateful things, but you must always remember the vengeance belongs to God. God is digging a pit for those who are hurting you, and you must be careful not to take things into your own hands while God is digging the pit. Revenge may seem to be the best way to silence your adversaries, but revenge only justifies their actions. You must let God get vengeance, for His vengeance will vindicate you.
Second, know that the LORD knows what they’re saying and doing. God reminded the psalmist in verses 9-11, “He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see? He that chastiseth the heathen, shall not he correct? he that teacheth man knowledge, shall not he know? The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.” While God is digging a pit for your adversaries, you must rest in the knowledge that He knows what they are saying about you.
Third, let the days of adversity correct the areas you need to correct. Verse 12 says, “Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O LORD…” You will learn some unpleasant things about yourself in the days of adversity, and you must correct those unpleasant things that you learn or they will become a cancer in your life. If the only reason God allowed the days of adversity in your life was for you to correct your ways, the days of adversity are good because they will draw you closer to God.
Fourth, stay in God’s Word. You will find that God’s Word will come alive in the days of adversity like it has never meant before. Letting the days of adversity drive you to God’s Word will do more for you than revenge will ever do. Adversity tends to be a flood lamp on God’s Word to help the believer learn more about God than any other thing that can happen in your life.
Fifth, hide yourself in God and rely on His defense. Verse 22 says, “But the LORD is my defence; and my God is the rock of my refuge.” The only way to keep from trying to get revenge is to hide yourself in God and let Him be your rock who shelters you from the ungodly attacks of the adversary.
Sixth, don’t despair or give up; God is digging a pit. The attacks of the adversary may seem to be relentless, but always remember that God is digging a pit. You will always find a way to keep going if you keep your focus on God in your days of adversity. My friend, never give up; God has always come through for the believer, and He will come through for you.