Do not rejoice over me, O my enemy. Though I fall I will rise; though I dwell in darkness, the LORD is a light for me. I will bear the indignation of the LORD Because I have sinned against Him, Until He pleads my case and executes justice for me. He will bring me out to the light, and I will see His righteousness- Micah 7: 8,9
Micah is considered as one of the twelve minor prophets of the bible. He prophesied the future destruction of Jerusalem and Samaria. He rebuked the people of Judah for dishonesty and idolatry. While looking to the chapter 7 it deals with two main subjects.
Firstly, in Chapter 7, Prophet Micah describes some of their specific sinful characters (Micah 7: 1-10). There is no upright person among men; each of them hunts the other with a net. No one trusts their friend and neighbour. Also, there is a growing hostility among the family members of Israel. That is, personal relationship between the father, mother, children, in laws, husband and wife have crumbled among god’s people. There are no values in a relationship in Micah’s era and now too. Selfishness and uncontrolled sin are growing every day in our generation too. In such a context, the words from Jesus, “Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword”- Mathew 10: 34 stands as a caution for us.
Secondly, in Chapter 7, Prophet Michah warns their enemies about not to rejoice over their condition. Even though they had fallen he believes that they will rise. While they are in the darkest hours of their life, their Lord is their light. Psalms 27: 1,2 says that, “the lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The lord is the defence of my life; whom shall I dread?”. Here Micah and people accept their conditions of past days. They submitted & put their trust in God’s hand. He is the only one who will never let them down. Thus, they gain confidence and says, “I will rise & lord will be a light to us”. The darkest days and the sinful nature don’t last long, because you are a child of god. He will lift you up. One thing to remember is that friendship with the world is hostility towards God. Therefore, whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of god (James 4:4). The decision is ours.
Thirdly, in Chapter 7, Prophet Michah prayed for forgiveness and deliverance. On behalf of the sinful nation, the prophet Micah now confesses the sin of god’s people. He is speaking for the sinful people and takes responsibility for their sin. “I have sinned against him until he pleads my case and executes justice for me”. Initially, we need to surrender ourselves in the presence of the lord. Then, we have to accept the sinful state of our life. Finally, we have to intercede. This, in turn, results in coming to the light of the Lord and we will celebrate his righteousness.
“Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to god and he will draw near to you, Cleanse your hand, you sinners and purify your heart, you double minded. If you are praying for exaltation then humble yourselves in the presence of the lord and he will exalt you” (James 4:7-10). Let’s remember this if we sin, let’s accept the indignation of god and not deny it or hide ourselves from it. If you are in a fallen condition in your life, I encourage you to believe that, our God will soon plead your cause and vindicate us in justice. Though I fall I will rise. If I’m in darkness His word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. AMEN.