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Accused! © Ross Cochrane

PSALM 7:6-17 – WHEN YOU ARE FALSELY ACCUSED (Part 3)  

Narrator: David has been falsely accused. His reputation has been slandered.

What would it look like today? In Part 3, David is still at the Police station, sitting at a table and being questioned by a Police Officer. A Psychologist waits behind a one-way glass screen recording impressions to determine David’s state of mind.  

Police Officer: I notice that you have refused to have a lawyer present. You will need someone to represent you.   

David: I put my trust in God alone. I am asking Him to Arise, in anger! To Stand up against the fury of my enemies! To Wake up, and bring justice! The Lord judges the nations. He will declare me righteous, for I am innocent, He will end the evil of those who are wicked, and defend the righteous” (Psalm 7:6-8 NLT). 

Police Officer: That’s all well and good but you need someone to defend you?   

David: God is my defense. He looks deep within the mind and heart, and He is a righteous God. God is my shield, saving those whose hearts are true and right (Psalm 7:9-10 NLT). 

Police Officer: A Psychologist will test your mental health? Have they tested your blood yet? Perhaps a judge will give you a lighter sentence if you plead insanity or that you were on drugs.  

David (looks at the Police Officer): God is an honest judge. He is angry with the wicked every day. If a person does not repent, God will sharpen His sword; He will bend and string His bow. He will prepare His deadly weapons and shoot His flaming arrows (Psalm 7:11-13 NLT).  

Police Officer: So you are saying that your enemies are to blame, not you?  

David: By their labeling, blame, fear mongering, slander and innuendos they seek to bring me down. Their malice leaves me open to no other course but to seek God to answer their defamation of my character. The wicked conceive evil; they are pregnant with trouble and give birth to lies (Psalm 7:14 NLT).  

My actions have all had a justifiable motive and their vulgar abuse is continually insulting and defamatory. My enemies know that what they are saying is false and their statements have a reckless disregard for the truth.  

Police Officer: David, you will need a good lawyer, or your case will fall over. Without a lawyer, you are in trouble and you will dig your own grave.  

David: My enemies dig a deep pit to trap others, then fall into it themselves. The trouble they make for others backfires on them (Psalm 7:16a NLT).  

Police Officer: Very well. But if you have no lawyer, then this is on your own head.  

David: The violence they plan falls on their own heads (Psalm 7:16b NLT). 

Police Officer: Well, good luck with seeing that happen.  

Psychologist recording impressions of the interview: From a psychological point of view, the Accused holds a most disturbing belief that God will inevitably and violently judge his enemies. He seems to be a little too eager for God to usher in vengeance upon them. This sense of ultimate vindication by God may border on the fanatical.  

The Accused has an extreme view of right and wrong but, in my mind, this does not indicate irrationality. He has absolute conviction about his moral position but is also willing to be examined by God for divergent viewpoints and he wants ultimate justice, either on him or his enemies.   

Narrator: David’s prayer sounds prophetic. The Bible speaks of the Last Judgment. Firstly, it speaks of a period where God is patient for people to believe in Christ for their salvation and receive God’s forgiveness.  2 Peter 3:9 (NLT2) says, “The Lord isn’t really being slow about His promise (of judgment), as some people think. No, He is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.” The Bible is equally clear, however, that ultimately, there will come a time when it will be too late and there will be a final judgment. 

In John 5 (NLT2) Jesus says, “The Father … has given the Son absolute authority to judge, … “I tell you the truth, those who listen to My message and believe in God who sent Me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life. … those who listen will live.”  

Narrator:  

Thankyou, Lord Jesus, that You died for my sins and in You, I am forgiven. Help me to be blameless in my motivations and actions. Lord, I am not always in the right and sometimes I unintentionally am guilty of wrongdoing towards others without realizing it. Help me to accept when I am wrong and make any reparation that is needed. Search my heart, Lord. 

Lord, I come to You for refuge and protection, my shelter and safe-place. I can always come to You. You are my Lord and only You have authority over my life. You are my God and thankyou that I can draw close to You as my heavenly Father 

thankyou for the Salvation I have in Christ. Only You can truly save me. I can always come to You for help when I am feeling oppressed by my circumstances. 

Lord, rescue me and others from the power of evil and at times I would appreciate it if you rescue me from myself. No matter what happens to me, help me realize that I am dependent on You. Thankyou that I find my security in You. 

But let’s get back to the Police Station. 

David: I will thank the Lord because He is just; I will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High (Psalm 7:17 NLT). 

Pastor Ross 

Accused! © Ross Cochrane

PSALM 7:3-5 – WHEN YOU ARE FALSELY ACCUSED (Part 2)  

Narrator: David has been falsely accused. His reputation has been slandered. What would it look like today? In Part 2, David is still at the Police station, sitting at a table waiting to be questioned. A Psychologist waits behind a one-way glass screen recording his impressions to determine David’s state of mind.  

Police Officer enters:  David, you have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can be used against you in court. We appointed a lawyer for you to be present at this interview but you have refused. You are being detained for questioning about some charges made against you.  

David: They are false. My accusers are liars.   

Police Officer: Sir, you haven’t heard the charges yet.  

David: I know what they are. I know what they are trying to do.  

Police Officer: And what accusations do you think you are being held for?  

David: (Looks up to the roof) If I have done wrong or am guilty of injustice, if I have betrayed a friend or plundered my enemy without cause, then let my enemies capture me. Let them trample me into the ground and drag my honor in the dust. (Psalms 7:3-5 (NLT2)  

Police Officer: Slow down a little, Sir. Let me get this straight. You are saying in effect that you did not do what has been alleged and if you did, you didn’t know, and if you did do what has been alleged, then you are willing to accept the consequences? Is that correct?  

David: Yes, this is a case of Character Assassination. My enemies are continually trying to destroy my credibility and my reputation. They continue to raise false accusations, unpleasant rumours, and manipulate information.   

Psychologist recording his thoughts about David: David once again expresses his faith.  

  • The Accused appears to be OPEN AND HONEST in his answers. There is no indication in his body language that he is deliberately lying and he is able to articulate his answers well. 
  • He does not accept the alleged charges.  
  • He feels he is ENTIRELY BLAMELESS IN HIS MOTIVES? 
  • But HE IS WILLING TO ENTERTAIN THAT HE MAY BE GUILTY OF WRONGDOING? 
  • HE IS WILLING TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY WRONGDOING? 
  • HE IS WILLING TO ACCEPT A JUST RESPONSE FOR ANY WRONGDOING ON HIS PART? 

Narrator: David is certainly standing up for himself but he is also willing for God to examine his heart. David is willing to listen to God’s examination of His heart and willing to accept any responsibility of wrongdoing should God find him guilty.  

In another Psalm, David writes, 

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends You, and lead me along the path of everlasting life” (Psalms 139:23-24 NLT2). 

Am I willing to do the same? 

Pastor Ross  

Part 8 – Matthew 12:22-28 – I’M AN ATHEIST AND I INTEND TO STAY THAT WAY!

I’m an Atheist!

He was wide-eyed but unable to speak properly. The nurses told me that he did not have long to live. Brian (not his real name) was experiencing spasms of pain and shortness of breath. He was groaning and looked weak, drawn and afraid. I offered to pray for him. I prayed for healing and encouraged him to reach out to Christ and seek to have a relationship with Him. I told him that Christ would be able to help him get through this situation.

The next day I came in to see Brian again. I asked the nurses how he was and they told me he was much better. I was surprised that he was able to speak again. His recovery was amazing. An answer to prayer! I introduced myself. He looked at me, recognized who I was immediately, and said vehemently, “I’m an ATHEIST and I intend to stay that way!” His response to Christ as he had faced the possibility of death was to REJECT Him. I said that this was his choice but that I hoped he would come to know the Lord.

It’s not unusual that the crowd is amazed as Jesus heals a demon-possessed, blind and dumb man in Matthew 12:22, but it’s that TOTAL REJECTION of Jesus by the Pharisees (and Brian) that surprises me the most.

The Pharisees response to Jesus is vehement and MALICIOUS. Not only do they REJECT Jesus but they proceed to SLANDER His name before the people. They say in Matthew 12:24 (NLT) “No wonder He can cast out demons. He gets His power from Satan, the prince of demons.”

Why are they saying this? Why aren’t they willing to examine things further? Is it that they are afraid of losing their REPUTATION? Is it because they want to hold onto their POWER and already feel that it is slipping away? Perhaps.

The Pharisees are the TALIBAN of Jesus day (If you can’t get people to think your way, bomb them). They behave like RELIGIOUS THUGS! The intensity of their unbelief is incredible. It has already expressed itself as they plotted to kill Jesus (Matthew 12:14)! They are obstinate, pig-headed, determined, inflexible, unmoved, stubborn and persistent leaders. The kind of political leaders we still revere today.

The Pharisees did not actually see first hand Jesus heal the demon possessed, blind and dumb man. That’s not surprising. When I DISTANCE myself from Jesus I will rarely see His miracles, even when I hear about what God is doing in the lives of others who have had a personal experience of Christ. Like the Pharisees, I will not be satisfied or happy for the man who has been healed, even though his life has been CHANGED FOREVER. It is only as I am willing to place myself in PROXIMITY to Jesus and see Him for who He is that I begin to acknowledge, like the crowd, the possibility of Him being the MESSIAH, more than a man, the One sent by God to save me from my sin.

In psychology, PROJECTION is a defense mechanism where a person denies what is happening in their own lives, attitudes, thoughts, and emotions, and then ascribes them to other people. Perhaps the Pharisees are demon possessed themselves and being BLIND to this, they PROJECT what is happening to themselves onto Jesus. John the Baptist calls them a BROOD OF VIPERS in Matthew 3:7 who are resistant to REPENTANCE.

In Matthew 5:20 (NLT) Jesus says “But I warn you-unless your righteousness is better than the righteousness of the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven!”

The man who was healed was BLIND AND DEAF. The Pharisees are BLIND AND DEAF themselves to the things of God and need healing. John 12:38-40 (NIV) says “…For this reason they could not believe, because, as Isaiah says elsewhere: “He has BLINDED their eyes and DEADENED their hearts, so they can neither see with their eyes, nor understand with their hearts, nor turn–and I would heal them.” Like Brian, they say, “I am blind to what Jesus has done for me and I intend to stay that way!” My Dad used to say “There are none so blind as those who will not see!”

The invitation is to allow the Lord to open your eyes to His truth and intentionally remain open to Christ and what He wants to do in your life today.

Pastor Ross