Psalm 43:1-2 (ESV) Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause against an ungodly people, from the deceitful and unjust man deliver me! For you are the God in whom I take refuge; why have you rejected me? Why do I go about mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?
If there is such a designation of word weirdo, I am convinced that is me. Whether in the natural by pouring over dictionaries, or whether spiritually looking for significance in different translations, commentaries, or concordances, there is something within me that needs to understand the context of the words used. This morning as I sank into my seat with some sweet tangerine tea, I wrote these words, “validate versus vindicate.” As I continued with my morning devotion and then the first chapter of a new book, before I could leave this place of God’s Presence – these two words came back to visit me – “validate” and “vindicate”. So I had to look them up…
Validate means to support or corroborate on a sound or authoritative basis. Also, to recognize, establish, or illustrate worthiness or legitimacy of.
Vindicate means to free from allegation or blame. It is to confirm or substantiate. It is to protect from attack or encroachment.
David uses “vindicate” me, O God in Psalm 43. As believers, it is easy to get caught up in validation when what is needed is vindication. There will always be opposition to faith. It is the key that unlocks the life promised by Jesus as rich and satisfying. The enemy wants to steal, kill and destroy our faith – seed by precious seed. To seek validation is not necessary. The truth concerning us is already fully supported by the Word. Jesus is the Word. He is the Authority and Power ruling and reigning in the heart of those who call Him Lord or at least the way it should be. However, because faith is not popular – it is easy to fall into the trap of validation when what is needed is vindication.
I tend to dive into the depths of the Word too suddenly leaving some behind to ponder on the shore. I want you to understand the importance of the difference in these two words. One will bind you while the other sets you free. I find the word “vindicate” in scripture but nowhere is “validate”. We have nothing to prove to society or even to ourselves. Faith is the substance of things hoped for and evidence of the unseen. It is not a harvester of the maybe or could be. Faith makes the impossible possible to those who believe. Believers cry out for godly vindication rather than pursing needless validation.
Validation suggests that there must be additional proof given. We must somehow prove the proven God and tested Savior to those who do not believe. This is not the kind of confidence that brings Light into darkness but it is confident hope that delivers the strongest beam. I do not need earthly validation. I do not need to prove my position to others. I am a child of God. I am His Beloved. I am destined for heaven and will be blessed on my way. He has a purpose and plan for this process. I am validated by God.
Vindication is a request for freedom. Fear and doubt call out for validation, but fearless love dismisses such a thought to make way for vindication. David cries out from an inward struggle. A wrestling match between current conditions and circumstances to find confident hope once again. Is that your struggle today? Faith can create chaos in a life ordered and controlled. It draws out the naysayers. Those who stand far off casting stones at the glass house of a transparent life. However, we can learn from David in this time of testing.
Psalm 43:3-4 (ESV) Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling! Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy, and I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God.
“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” Jesus Christ has set you free today. Not only from eternal things like death. Your freedom is extended on the earth as well. You are set free from sin, shame, regret, fear, doubt, worry, anxiety, debt, sickness, depression, and the list goes on and on. We must learn to pray for vindication when the enemy attacks us in these areas. Rather than seeking validation for our suffering, it is freedom from allegation or blame that offers the greatest liberty of all. Just because situations, circumstances and certain conditions overtake us doesn’t mean they are terminal but still temporary and subject to change. We seek only to confirm and substantiate faith and hope in Christ – nothing more and nothing less. Such vindication produces trusts that finds peace and rest in our struggles. Vindication is to place our life in the stronghold of Christ and refuge of God where we are fully and completely protected. The enemy cannot encroach on God’s People, God’s Plan or His Purpose unless doubt opens the door.
Do you feel discouraged today? David did, too. Many people in the Bible prayed for vindication from the Lord. You do not need validation. You are a Child of God. He calls you, Beloved. He holds you in the Palm of His Mighty Hand. Christ lives in you. You are an overcomer. You have every spiritual blessing provided to you through Jesus. It is up to you and I to choose vindication over validation for only one will produce the harvest of righteousness that God intends to transform your life with. You are free to choose today. Life or death? Blessing or cursing? Validation or vindication? Validation will keep you right where you are. Vindication will give you greater freedom than you have ever known! Though they sound very similar, they are definitely not! Choose life today. Choose freedom! Choose Jesus! On Christ the solid rock I stand all other ground is sinking sand!
Psalm 43:5 (ESV) Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.