My verse for today..
1 O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly;
My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You,
In a dry and weary land where there is no water.
2-4 So here I am in the place of worship, eyes open,
drinking in your strength and glory.
In your generous love I am really living at last!
My lips brim praises like fountains.
I bless you every time I take a breath;
My arms wave like banners of praise to you.
5 You satisfy me more than the richest feast
I will praise you with songs of joy.
6 I lie awake thinking of you,
meditating on you through the night.
7 For You have been my help, and in the shadow of Your wings will I rejoice.
8 My whole being follows hard after You and clings closely to You;
Your right hand upholds me.
9 But those who seek my life to destroy it,
Will go into the depths of the earth.
10 They will be delivered over to the power of the sword;
They will be a prey for foxes.
11 But the king will rejoice in God;
Everyone who swears by Him will glory,
For the mouths of those who speak lies will be stopped.
A few months ago I started gathering a collection of my favorite Psalms.
I purposely left out all the parts that said things like “God kill my enemies,” because I was thinking in the natural of the people who were trying to take David’s life.
I felt kinda funny about “editing” the Bible that way
and knew something had to be wrong with it, but justified myself thinking
that maybe pre-Jesus it was impossible to love your enemies.. and now
that we are living in New Covenant times we have grown past those verses.
I felt pretty strongly about not keeping the verses
because after learning several years ago that “Hurt people hurt people,”
I had purposely developed a habit of walking in compassion and
forgiveness towards the people who hurt me.
And I definitely wouldn’t want God to destroy anyone on my behalf… until now.
This week a friend introduced me to
And Katie reminded me that I do have an enemy.. not of flesh and blood but..
“against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world
and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Eph 6:12
I love to pray and intercede and war, but my deep desire is to worship
and sometimes war seems like an added bother. It’d sure be nice if the devil would
just admit his defeat and give up and run away with his tail between his legs.
He obviously hasn’t. There is still evil in this world and it’s up to us
to usher in God’s light and overcome the darkness.
And we can do it through His strength, goodness and faithfulness.
Worship and war are inseparable and
that is why they found are together in the Psalms.
My view of the “Destroy my enemies” Psalms has forever changed.
“Get them God. Destroy my enemies. Cut off those who seek to destroy me.
Send them to the depths of the earth. Defeat them with Your sword!”
I am hearing something like this from God:
I am His child. He claims me as His.
I am to rest in the shadow of His wings where His healing
beams are and feast on His love and goodness while He destroys my enemies for me.
He is a great and mighty warrior and in the end I am going to bask in His glory.
Jeremiah 1:8 and 20:11, 2 Chronicles 20:15, Malachi 4:1-3,
Psalms 23, 24, 36, 63 and 91
I have an appointment here on Tuesday with a nutritionist
that I hope can teach me how to take better care of myself naturally.
Then another appointment in Birmingham at UAB with a surgeon
named Dr. Helen Krontiras on Thursday, March 3rd in the morning.
We have to be there early for more mammograms and I am praying:
A. That between now and then my enemy will be defeated and I will
be completely and totally healed and the new mammograms
will shock and confuse the doctors and
I will come out of there rejoicing and the devil will be
so sorry he ever messed with me.
(and a distant) B. If mammograms show same thing as before,
God will give Mike, I and the doctor wisdom and agreement about what to do.
Thanking Jesus for His lovingkindness and for teaching me why He
wrote the Psalms the way He did.. He is so much wiser and higher than I .. 🙂