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Every Sunday A Psalms: The Human Frailties Of The View Of The Enemy

Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris

Psalms 68:35-69:35 KJV
(35) O God, thou art terrible out of thy holy places: the God of Israel is he that giveth strength and power unto his people. Blessed be God.
(1) To the chief Musician upon Shoshannim, A Psalm of David. Save me, O God; for the waters are come in unto my soul.
(2) I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me.
(3) I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: mine eyes fail while I wait for my God.
(4) They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head: they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I restored that which I took not away.
(5) O God, thou knowest my foolishness; and my sins are not hid from thee.
(6) Let not them that wait on thee, O Lord GOD of hosts, be ashamed for my sake: let not those that seek thee be confounded for my sake, O God of Israel.
(7) Because for thy sake I have borne reproach; shame hath covered my face.
(8) I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother's children.
(9) For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me.
(10) When I wept, and chastened my soul with fasting, that was to my reproach.
(11) I made sackcloth also my garment; and I became a proverb to them.
(12) They that sit in the gate speak against me; and I was the song of the drunkards.
(13) But as for me, my prayer is unto thee, O LORD, in an acceptable time: O God, in the multitude of thy mercy hear me, in the truth of thy salvation.
(14) Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink: let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters.
(15) Let not the waterflood overflow me, neither let the deep swallow me up, and let not the pit shut her mouth upon me.
(16) Hear me, O LORD; for thy lovingkindness is good: turn unto me according to the multitude of thy tender mercies.
(17) And hide not thy face from thy servant; for I am in trouble: hear me speedily.
(18) Draw nigh unto my soul, and redeem it: deliver me because of mine enemies.
(19) Thou hast known my reproach, and my shame, and my dishonour: mine adversaries are all before thee.
(20) Reproach hath broken my heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none.
(21) They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.
(22) Let their table become a snare before them: and that which should have been for their welfare, let it become a trap.
(23) Let their eyes be darkened, that they see not; and make their loins continually to shake.
(24) Pour out thine indignation upon them, and let thy wrathful anger take hold of them. (25) Let their habitation be desolate; and let none dwell in their tents.
(26) For they persecute him whom thou hast smitten; and they talk to the grief of those whom thou hast wounded.
(27) Add iniquity unto their iniquity: and let them not come into thy righteousness.
(28) Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.
(29) But I am poor and sorrowful: let thy salvation, O God, set me up on high.
(30) I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.
(31) This also shall please the LORD better than an ox or bullock that hath horns and hoofs.
(32) The humble shall see this, and be glad: and your heart shall live that seek God.
(33) For the LORD heareth the poor, and despiseth not his prisoners.
(34) Let the heaven and earth praise him, the seas, and every thing that moveth therein.
(35) For God will save Zion, and will build the cities of Judah: that they may dwell there, and have it in possession.

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.

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