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Salvation from God

I will bear the indignation of the Lord
because I have sinned against him,
until he pleads my cause
and executes judgment for me.
He will bring me out to the light;
I shall look upon his vindication.

Micah 7:9

The context here is that Micah is identified with his nation. How often do we so identify with our tribe, our people, our city or our nation; that feel the weight of the sin committed against God? At first glance, we might think we are peering into Micah's prayer journal where he is writing about his personal stuff. You might ask then, why does he say "I" and "my" and "me"?
It's because he is so identified with his people that it is his personal sin. The prophet is also an intercessor. Real prophets have the insight about what's wrong and also know that the solution comes from the same place and bear that burden.

He says that he will bear God's indignation. do you think that if you have sinned or you are praying for someone or a people who have, that your place is to say something or pray something and then wait it out? People need to engage with God, to intercede that Christ's work would be appropriated into sinful areas.

Micah confesses his sin against God. It's one thing to feel bad about your sin, but it's another to be truly repentant. It's one thing to feel bad you got caught. Perhaps you make it all about you- "poor me that I got caught", and you blame or explain or rationalize why- the ends justified the means in your mind. That is not repentance. At the end of repentance, you are actually glad you got caught, because it restores your relationship with God and people.

Micah next says that he waits for God to plead his cause and execute judgment. What a great place to be, to be wanting God to take up your cause and do judgment on your behalf. Micah is saying that we realize we sinned and we are taking our punishment, but now we are calling upon God and waiting upon God to have mercy on us and deal with our enemies and restore us. Do you want to be a self made person or a person God lifts up? Do you want to solve your problem or get the solution from God?

Micah declares that God will bring him out to the light. God is in the business of bringing people out of darkness and into light, but you have to want this to happen and ask for it.

Micah also declares that he shall look upon (see) God's vindication. It's a humble thing to wait on God's vindication rather that trying to promote your own!


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