“Stir up Yourself, and awake to my vindication, to my cause, my God and my Lord. Vindicate me, O Lord my God, according to Your righteousness; and let them not rejoice over me.” Psalm 35:23–24
For many years David was falsely accused by King Saul of planning to take his kingdom and steal his throne. For this reason David was forced to live in the wilderness and hide.
The thing is, Saul was right when he said that someone was going to take the rule of the nation of Israel from him, but it wasn’t David that would take it away. And Saul was also right when he said that David would be the next king, but once again it wasn’t David who had made that decision or would take the steps to to make it happen.
God had, through the prophet Samuel, made the judgement and told Saul that the kingdom was taken from him and would be given to another that would be more obedient that he was. Not long later God would also send his prophet to the town of Bethlehem where he would seek out and anoint David, the youngest son of a man name Jesse, to become the next king over Israel.
David himself had determined that he wouldn’t do anything to undermine Saul’s authority. Since God had chosen him, he would allow God to also complete his plan and to give him the throne at the right time and in the manner of his choosing.
Still Saul made his accusations and sought to capture and destroy David. Rather than fight back David called out to God for protection and vindication. For years this went on until the time was right and God removed Saul and his sons and gave the throne to David.
Vindication, as it’s used in Psalm 35, is when we’ve been cleared of blame or suspicion. It took years for God to clear David’s name but in the end God rewarded his patience with a throne.
We’re not innocent of the wrong we’ve been accused of, but Jesus, by his own sacrifice, has done what is required to cleanse us of the blame we’ve earned and set us right before God. Like David patience and long suffering are required as we wait for the fulfillment of the promise but one day Revelation 3:21 will be fulfilled and God will call us to sit with him on his throne.
We must trust that God is working his plan for us. He is faithful. He will complete it.