Recompense or Repentance (Part I)

When God comes through for us, sometimes He is recompensing what was stolen and at other times he is looking for our repentance! There is a difference between God’s recompense versus us repenting from some behavior or pattern in our lives.  When we have been wronged and God has seen our faithfulness in the midst of it, the Lord has no problem recompensing us for what was lost in the injustice. On the other hand, God sometimes blesses us in the midst of us being wrong, and in those cases, He hopes that His mercies lead us to repentance! In this devotional, I will share about God’s recompense and in the next devotional about our repentance!

According to Strong’s Dictionary (H7725) Recompense:  to return, to turn back, to turn back to God to repent, to restore, refresh, give back.

Then David spoke to the Lord the words of this song, on the day when the Lord had delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul. 2Samuel 22:1

The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness;
According to the cleanness of my hands
He has recompensed me.
 For I have kept the ways of the Lord,
And have not wickedly departed from my God. 

For all His judgments were before me;
And as for His statutes, I did not depart from them.
 I was also blameless before Him,
And I kept myself from my iniquity.
Therefore the Lord has recompensed me according to my righteousness,
According to my cleanness in His eyes. 2Samuel 22:21-25

In the above scriptures, David spoke of God’s faithfulness for delivering him from the hands of Saul. David had not sinned against Saul! His hands were clean from any evil against this man, but Saul had made David’s life miserable and had tried to take his life to ensure that he was would not gain the throne someday. David wrote this song as a testimony of how God delivered him from the hands of his enemies. It was the Lord who recompensed him and gave him what David deserved. In the turbulent times, David did not stop doing the right thing and keeping his life clean from being polluted by hatred, revenge, and dishonoring Saul. David was innocent in this matter. Therefore, God brought about justice by giving back to David what Saul had tried to steal from him.

There are times that we may not have done anything wrong but someone because of hatred, jealousy, or insecurity tries to undermine us. They may try to steal our reputation through gossip or false accusation, or try to block some opportunities. In those cases, we can turn to the Lord and look to Him for His deliverance! We can be confident that God is the one who will recompense us, and we don’t have to fight our battles in the flesh. We don’t have to gossip about them or ensure everyone knows about the character of this person. The Lord sees all things, and He expects us to keep our lives, mouths, and hands clean from polluting ourselves with hatred, bitterness or revenge.

Are you in a situation that you have been wronged? Are you able to show self-control and not pollute yourself with iniquity? Leave room for God’s recompense and for Him to bring about justice on your behalf!

In the next devotional, I will share about, what if we were the ones who were wrong!? What should our response be?