Dealing With Narcissists* – David’s Reminders To Himself

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Psalm 62

62 My soul waits in silence for God only;
From Him is my salvation.
He only is my rock and my salvation,
My stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken.

How long will you assail a man,
That you may murder him, all of you,
Like a leaning wall, like a tottering fence?
They have counseled only to thrust him down from his high position;
They delight in falsehood;
They bless with their mouth,
But inwardly they curse. Selah.

My soul, wait in silence for God only,
For my hope is from Him.
He only is my rock and my salvation,
My stronghold; I shall not be shaken.
On God my salvation and my glory rest;
The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God.
Trust in Him at all times, O people;
Pour out your heart before Him;
God is a refuge for us. Selah.

Men of low degree are only vanity and men of rank are a lie;
In the balances they go up;
They are together lighter than breath.
10 Do not trust in oppression
And do not vainly hope in robbery;
If riches increase, do not set your heart upon them.

11 Once God has spoken;
Twice I have heard this:
That power belongs to God;
12 And lovingkindness is Yours, O Lord,
For You recompense a man according to his work.

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How did David deal with the narcissists (“they delight in falsehood” – see here) in his life?

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  1. He reminded himself that God was the ultimate One who could deliver him and keep grounded in the midst of his struggle with evil people
  2. He told himself that he should not verbally fight, but trust God to work on his behalf
  3. He clarified for himself who he was dealing with – “they delight in falsehood” (a key narcissist trait – see here)
  4. He reminded himself again that God was his real “port in the storm” in dealing with these people
  5. He told himself that God has the ultimate power, not people
  6. He reviewed that God will have the last word – God will judge everyone, including the narcissist, for how they live their life on earth

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*Narcissism is the modern colloquial term for what the Bible calls “insolent pride” – see here

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