One of my all-time favorite shows is “Columbo.” They often show it on “Mystery Channel” here in Japan. And in it, the criminals always think they have devised the perfect crime, only to see it come unraveled thread by thread in the hands of Columbo.
That’s what I think about when I read this passage. David wrote of the wicked,
They sharpen their tongues like swords and aim their words like deadly arrows. They shoot from ambush at the innocent man; they shoot at him suddenly, without fear. They encourage each other in evil plans, they talk about hiding their snares; they say, “Who will see them?” They plot injustice and say, “We have devised a perfect plan!” Surely the mind and heart of man are cunning. (3-6)
But as with Columbo, God quickly unravels their plots and turns them against themselves.
But God will shoot them with arrows; suddenly they will be struck down. He will turn their own tongues against them and bring them to ruin; all who see them will shake their heads in scorn. All mankind will fear; they will proclaim the works of God and ponder what he has done. (7-9)
Haman found this out in the book of Esther as his “perfect plan” to destroy the Jews came crashing down upon his own head.
But sometimes justice comes longer than we’d like. We see criminals get set free in our court systems and wonder where God is in all of this. What’s he doing about this? But let us remember that God will never let slip what has happened. And he will bring about justice whether it’s in this life or in the next.
So don’t fret when you see all the injustice in the world. Though the justice of mankind may fail, God’s never will. So as David said,
Let the righteous rejoice in the LORD and take refuge in him; let all the upright in heart praise him! (10)