In Defense by Sherry Chamblee

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My husband calls me the ‘defense attorney’ of the family. I will try and figure out alternative reasons for people having done whatever it is they just did… give them reasons, excuses, perhaps they didn’t mean it that way or they misunderstood.

And ya know, this also translates to me. I want to defend myself. I want people to understand what I ‘really’ mean, to not accuse me of something false, to not take my actions the wrong way or assume that I’m being judgmental or sarcastic or rude. I want to defend myself to the hilltops and back.

Then I read this verse here:

Psalm 5:11

But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.

The Bible also says to let others be the ones who praise me, and let’s be honest – you can’t defend yourself without praising yourself just a little.

Proverbs 27:2 Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.

There are other verses like these that state that God is our defender, He is our shield and buckler. Our shelter in trouble. Our tower in fear, our refuge from the storm. As the true Judge of right and wrong, God Himself will take up the defense of the one who is innocent, whichever of us that may be. I’ve heard God defend someone else to me. I’ve had things brought to mind that help me understand that other person, that give me pause, that help me realize they might have a different perspective on the situation. And in my head, I know God can do that for me, too.

What’s harder is getting my heart wrapped around that truth. I want to ‘rally the troops’, as a blogger I recently read said.

But really, I know that IF I’m right, and when it’s to God’s glory, He will defend me. And if I’m NOT right, He’ll be faithful to point that out to me, as well.

What we must submit to is knowing that God will defend us, and sometimes we won’t even know that He did. Just knowing that God promises to have my back must be enough. That knowledge must be what carries me through hard times, times when I know I’m being misunderstood, mischaracterized, judged falsely.

Stepping out in faith, again, is what God wants.

About the Author:

Sherry Chamblee

Sherry grew up in various cities around northern and central California. This gave her all sorts of stories that sat and festered in her brain, waiting to be let loose. She eventually went to college in Wisconsin, where she met her equally frenetic husband, Rich. They have six (yes, count them) children, two dogs and a cat, and currently reside in a madhouse in the southern California area. As a family, they enjoy being active in their local church. Sherry spends her time writing when not caring for Granny, the kids, the dogs, the cat and any number of strays in the neighborhood.

Sherry Chamblee can be found at Or check out her books at

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