As you have done, it will be done to you; what you deserve will return on your own head. —Obadiah 1:15
For those who treat God’s people harshly and who refuse to come to their aid, God will repay. God cares about His people. You can’t persecute God’s people without someday paying for it.
For those who’ve been sinned against and who have been treated harshly, it’s a comfort to know that God never forgets and that in the great Judgment Day to come, all wrongs will be made right!
As New Testament believers on this side of the cross, we don’t forget what has been done against God’s people. But we’re also given grace to pray for mercy against our transgressors. To pray as Jesus did from the cross: “Father, forgive them” (Luke 23:34) and as Stephen did as he was stoned: “Lord, do not hold this sin against them!” (Acts 7:60).
The New Testament gives us light in our praying that the psalmist didn’t have. “Lord, remember. Never forget, but in wrath, in judgment, remember mercy.” Because where would any of us be without the mercy of God?
Make it Personal
As you thank God for the mercy He has poured out on your life, pray for His mercy toward those who have hurt you.