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Message of the Day: Relief from Character Assassination Comes from the Lord!

In my distress I cried to the Lord,and he heard me.” (Psalm 120:1, NKJV)

Psalm 120 is the first of 15 psalms (120-134) entitled “A Song of Ascents. It appears that they were designed for the use of the people when going up to Jerusalem on the festival occasions, 3 times a year.

Psalm 120: 1 is an acknowledgment of God’s mercy. The psalmist prays for relief from character assassination. The ‘distress’ mentioned here arises from slander (Psalm 120:2-3). Slander is defined as “false accusation,” “the attack to the good name and reputation of someone.” Thus, the term refers to character assassination.

Image courtesy of Olive Tree Bible Software

We can hardly guard against slander, we cannot repel it by force, whose origin we cannot always trace. The effects of slander lingers long after the attack is refuted. Because of it we suffer from suspicion from people around us, even after the most successful vindication, knowing that one slander leads to another.

We have no other resource. We could hardly confront the source of the slander. We could not refute it. We have no way of getting rid of the effects of it to our reputation, and all that we could do is to commit our case to the Lord, for the relief from character assassination comes only from Him.

Sources:

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

Olive Tree Bible Software, 1998-2020.

WordWeb Software

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