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Every Sunday A Psalms: God Is My Strong Habitation

Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris

Psalms 71:1-24 KJV
(1) In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion.
(2) Deliver me in thy righteousness, and cause me to escape: incline thine ear unto me, and save me.
(3) Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou art my rock and my fortress.
(4) Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man.
(5) For thou art my hope, O Lord GOD: thou art my trust from my youth.
(6) By thee have I been holden up from the womb: thou art he that took me out of my mother's bowels: my praise shall be continually of thee.
(7) I am as a wonder unto many; but thou art my strong refuge.
(8) Let my mouth be filled with thy praise and with thy honour all the day.
(9) Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth.
(10) For mine enemies speak against me; and they that lay wait for my soul take counsel together,
(11) Saying, God hath forsaken him: persecute and take him; for there is none to deliver him.
(12) O God, be not far from me: O my God, make haste for my help.
(13) Let them be confounded and consumed that are adversaries to my soul; let them be covered with reproach and dishonour that seek my hurt.
(14) But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more.
(15) My mouth shall shew forth thy righteousness and thy salvation all the day; for I know not the numbers thereof.
(16) I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD: I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only.
(17) O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works.
(18) Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come.
(19) Thy righteousness also, O God, is very high, who hast done great things: O God, who is like unto thee!
(20) Thou, which hast shewed me great and sore troubles, shalt quicken me again, and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth.
(21) Thou shalt increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side.
(22) I will also praise thee with the psaltery, even thy truth, O my God: unto thee will I sing with the harp, O thou Holy One of Israel.
(23) My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee; and my soul, which thou hast redeemed.
(24) My tongue also shall talk of thy righteousness all the day long: for they are confounded, for they are brought unto shame, that seek my hurt.

This Psalms does not declare the author but I would assume David. This Psalm more rendition of the same of previous weeks, yet there is one thing not to discussed or mentioned in the other Psalms as far as daily living though it is applied in some. God is my strong habitation verse three. Habitation is a place where one lives and resides. If you put a tamed cat in its natural habit it will do exactly what it would do in the wild. It matters not how tame a dog or cat might get nature kicks in when they are outdoors and they run and play freely as if the know not the rules of indoor living. A cat will drag a dead mouse, snake, or bird to the front door of the house only to offer the habitation inside some of its new food perhaps because of one choice to feed it ever so kindly. Or perhaps he wants you to refrigerate it for a rainy day.

What is living in the habitation of the Lord. One would think of living in Godís temple or in the house God already design for us holy unto him. The building of human flesh living and surrounded by God as protector and ruler of the heart and soul of a person. A God that reminds one of His laws by His Spirit. Who reminds each believer of His word and of His salvation plan. Instructs one to love their enemy, despite the fact we would like to destroy them. Raises us up so His name is glorified and magnified. Builds us up so the world can see us, and hopefully his power and strength.

Back a few weeks or maybe a month I made a comment could you live under religious rule. If you are child of God you are under the rule of God. Not the rule of organization, or a church, but God. You are subject to the elders to a point, and yet you are a servant to all you share Christ with not as a slave, but in obedience to Godís Spirit. I think people get the wrong idea about godly rule, because godly rule only effects the believer and can only be followed by Godís Spirit. The government power can not control Godís Spirit, but one has to be willing to obey Godís Spirit knowing God is in control in all situation despite our government idea of justice or fairness. Sometimes the government makes mistakes or is wrong. Everyday people test the lines of our government to hopefully improve the laws we have. Yet some governments never give the people the right to make changes to their laws, meaning only a dictator or other governmental authority makes the decision.

The other day I heard the word communist being used with one of the candidates running for president. It angered me. Has our nation forgotten the destruction and fall of Russia, a once ruling force in the world. No time has the words of communism sounds sweet to people of freedom. People came to America for freedom. Freedom will reign, but as a believer the freedom in Christ is what exactly obedience to God. Yet God only restricts us from evil and bad things. Not from the precious beautiful gardens in life. He wants us to dream big and explore the world we are in. God wants to destroy our enemies or give them mercy as he gives to all people who will one day repent. God wants to give us grace when the enemy comes. God wants to give us the tools to fight with. Jesus told Peter and John they could have sword and to go buy one. Yet Jesus was not violent man. God does not tell us to lay the weapons of war aside but to buy them. Yet theses weapons are for us defend ourselves and not to commit evil. The human body is destructible but it built by God in the womb of our mother and we are born into this world we live in.

To live in habitation God built and created for us is not without sickness or injury, but with peace knowing God desires good things for us if we only will believe and obey. Without obedience God can not give us safety. He will not guarantee protection or mercy. A friend busted a knee the other day and all I could think was how did that happen. Yet our human bodies are not guaranteed not to break. Our human bodies are not guaranteed not to sub come to the elements of the world we live in. Our spirit before belief in Jesus meant for hell and our spirit after meeting Jesus designed for heaven to live in Godís habitation is to walk by His Spirit in habitation he built for us. The new heaven and new earth will be one of perfect, this world was not designed for perfection.

Dear Heavenly Father help us to live in strength of your habitation by walking by and with your Spirit in the world you created for us to live in. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

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