Have you ever been wrongly accused and slandered? In times like this we may be tempted to defend ourselves or get back at them and take vengeance into our own hands.
David found himself in a situation like this. His son had run him out of town (literally), and a man by the name of Shimei cursed him and threw rocks at him as he left town (2 Samuel 16:5-8). Shimei called David a murderer and a scoundrel, and wrongly accused David and killing people within Saul’s family. David’s reaction to this is one that we can learn from. I would have been tempted to take the advice of Abishai if I were in David’s shoes. We see Abishai’s response in verse 9 “Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king?” Abishai son of Zeruiah demanded. “Let me go over and cut off his head!” However, we do not see David respond that way. David kept his head down and doesn’t defend himself or take vengeance. He trusted that God would see how he was being treated and would bless him as a result of it (v. 12).
How many of us would have responded this same way? Would we be able to have someone talk bad about us, mock us, physically torment and persecute us and still be able to entrust that moment and situation to God’s hands? We see that God does bless David later as he restores David’s kingdom and David comes back into the city. God is a righteous judge and we need to leave the judging to Him. He will bring about justice and bless us for the wrongs that we endure.