|Every Sunday A Psalms: The Human Frailties Of The View Of The Enemy
Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris
Last week I left out the last verse of Psalms 68 and so it been added to the reading of scripture for this week. There is three parts to this Psalms 69. The need for oneís own repentance, the seeking or desiring revenge of God to be poured out on the enemy and then Godís grace for His enemies. These three points are for the ministers to the flock current and future. It is to the saved and to the lost, yet it is the saved that needed to hear their own cross they have to bear. No one was so righteous that they never had to repent, yet it easy to realize our need of repentance will come to finding salvation through Godís word and Christ Jesus. How valuable the word of God and His Son is to each believer. Yet it when we get to place when we wish only destruction on our enemy and the enemy of God that comes into question.
Who is worthy to repent. Who is worthy to weep and mourn over transgression. Only the righteous or the sinner that is lead to repentance. Yet the sinner was once alienated from God in need of repentance. And so it is with Godís people who find or discover that they can say me I was once alienated from God. That our enemy needs pray is a form of compassion on the enemy not the evil acts of destruction or things done against God. The enemy only seeing God as evil but the blessing of God is for all people on the earth. For destruction will come to enemy on the day of judgment, but blessing flow for both the sinner and saved. Ask the unrepented rich if he is greatly blessed, He tell you he is rich and can buy what he needs and more. The unrighteous poor only try and grab hold of what they can achieve without God. Never understanding God desires to bless them even in their poverty. Blessings of God is not always wealth but it is knowing the one that created you and me. God does not always make us wealthy, or give major increase, but what He does do is give us rest for our soul.
It is through life as a believer that we understand the value of knowing God and his grace. The enemy only wants destruction to come to Godís people, yet they stand in the need of prayer. Not knowing or caring about the judgment to come in their life. God desire first for his enemies to know him though his people cry out block their names out of the book of life. Yet God says no I will send my Son to die for their sins, because I love my enemy too. I will forgive their sins and buried them with the death of my son, and my son will rise to victory, he came seeking those that were lost, and alienated from Him and his righteous people.
Jesus instructed us to pray for enemy. Yet we often feel like David did in the Psalms, seeing not the need for salvation for the enemy but only judgment, never seeing we too were once the enemy of God. Our nature to be anger and frustrated. Our nature to be mad. Our human nature to say things we do not mean against those that make us angry. To hear the horror of our own words, knowing the need only to pray. Yet Godís mercy is great on our life as well, for he knows our need to pray. To pray for those that seek our life and to destroy Godís ways. As a believer to understand God can change the enemy. If He can change me, he can change those who are against him. Yet the enemy might not change because of free will and their heart being so harden against the things of God. God the only one that can loosen the sinners heart and bring them to their knees.
Our need pray for the enemies salvation and allow God to do the rest to change the enemies hearts to trust in God and his saving power. To believe that God desires to bless his enemies and to not cause them harm, but when sin goes to far like in the days of Noah and Sodom and Gomorrah judgment must come to those who will not repent. Nineveh found grace of God and repented on hearing the word of God. Every sinner must come the road of repentance like the city of Nineveh to receive the grace of God.
Dear Heavenly Father forgive us first of our sin and we pray for enemy that they too might find your grace that changes lives forever. In Jesus precious name, Amen.