When I see the many thoughts and perceptions people have of others by mostly gossip, what they think they know and saw or heard without ever having spoken to the person it concerns - then hear the gossipmongers decide the guilty's fate, I understand what David meant.
Man has no mercy yet if God were to judge us according to our sin none would stand. He would find all guilty and deliver death.
But thank God for grace through Christ.
Have we not learnt yet that none can ever look into a mirror and boast about how good we are?
We speak about karma often. Now imagine what our fate would be if God delivered to each of us according to our deeds.
In all our steps in this life there has been good and bad. Shipwrecks and loss. Bad and good decisions and choices. Disappointments and joys. Things we can change and things we must accept. Spiritual imprisonment for some and physical for others. Abundant bread on the table for one and poverty for another. Sickness and death; vitality and good health.
Yes there are consequences but when man requires our blood, mercy says no. Grace rewrites our stories and reshapes our lives. It destroys our sin and moves it as far as the East is from the West, into the sea of forgetfulness. What a precious gift forgiveness is.
The apostle Paul said that in his joys and struggles he is content. To live is Christ and to die is gain.
What can man do to us when God is for us.
What a freedom in being set free from man's opinions that deliver death.
I am a mere sinner -
The Apostle Paul said he is the greatest sinner of all.
That's me too - saved by grace. I have nothing to boast of....except Christ in me.....
The lifter of my head ; my everlasting hope of glory.
Our identity is shaped by Grace and who our Father is, not by who our accusers say we are.