Daily Devotions for Sunday: by Christina Farris
Psalms 35:1-28 KJV
(1) A Psalm of David. Plead my cause, O LORD, with them that strive with me: fight against them that fight against me.
(2) Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for mine help.
(3) Draw out also the spear, and stop the way against them that persecute me: say unto my soul, I am thy salvation.
(4) Let them be confounded and put to shame that seek after my soul: let them be turned back and brought to confusion that devise my hurt.
(5) Let them be as chaff before the wind: and let the angel of the LORD chase them.
(6) Let their way be dark and slippery: and let the angel of the LORD persecute them.
(7) For without cause have they hid for me their net in a pit, which without cause they have digged for my soul.
(8) Let destruction come upon him at unawares; and let his net that he hath hid catch himself: into that very destruction let him fall.
(9) And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD: it shall rejoice in his salvation.
(10) All my bones shall say, LORD, who is like unto thee, which deliverest the poor from him that is too strong for him, yea, the poor and the needy from him that spoileth him?
(11) False witnesses did rise up; they laid to my charge things that I knew not.
(12) They rewarded me evil for good to the spoiling of my soul.
(13) But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom.
(14) I behaved myself as though he had been my friend or brother: I bowed down heavily, as one that mourneth for his mother.
(15) But in mine adversity they rejoiced, and gathered themselves together: yea, the abjects gathered themselves together against me, and I knew it not; they did tear me, and ceased not:
(16) With hypocritical mockers in feasts, they gnashed upon me with their teeth.
(17) Lord, how long wilt thou look on? rescue my soul from their destructions, my darling from the lions.
(18) I will give thee thanks in the great congregation: I will praise thee among much people.
(19) Let not them that are mine enemies wrongfully rejoice over me: neither let them wink with the eye that hate me without a cause.
(20) For they speak not peace: but they devise deceitful matters against them that are quiet in the land.
(21) Yea, they opened their mouth wide against me, and said, Aha, aha, our eye hath seen it.
(22) This thou hast seen, O LORD: keep not silence: O Lord, be not far from me.
(23) Stir up thyself, and awake to my judgment, even unto my cause, my God and my Lord.
(24) Judge me, O LORD my God, according to thy righteousness; and let them not rejoice over me.
(25) Let them not say in their hearts, Ah, so would we have it: let them not say, We have swallowed him up.
(26) Let them be ashamed and brought to confusion together that rejoice at mine hurt: let them be clothed with shame and dishonour that magnify themselves against me.
(27) Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.
(28) And my tongue shall speak of thy righteousness and of thy praise all the day long.
God is not a God to be mocked. The mocking world understands nothing of God’s world. Anyone who ever watched Professional Wrestling knows the mockery of their villains and heroes is a pass time of both those in the wrestling ring and those outside of the ring. If the audience is not mad or happy with the wrestler, then his ratings are down. It is not like baseball where there is always some mockery but it usually has to do with how will a player plays not how well a person can act. Baseball it not really a mockery but a fact or statement that the guy is off his game. The baseball arena is very different then the wrestling world, but they both have highs and lows of fans.
People have been mocking God for a long time. People with no care for God or interest in God’s success. The church world is more about the success of God’s people and the work God is doing that is good. Though evil might be discussed it more of baseball game then a wrestling match. People get angry with God because they seldom understand why God is allowing punishment, or trials to come. The rebellious nature of man is to get angry with God, to mock Him without the knowledge or facts of seeing all God sees.
The rebellious nature is one that begins simple with anger, but it grows to a mockery of God if allowed to fester. The doubts and fears of God knowing best becomes a cruel and indescribable mess. It begins with a simple blaming God for one‘s own mistakes, causing one to apply the cartwheel effect of going around and around in a circle of the blame game or the question why game.
Nothing wrong with asking God why, nothing wrong with questioning God. One can never learn their own downfalls and times of testing without questioning God. Job was tested and his question to God were not understood by his friends. Yet Job’s righteousness gave him the ideology of his own self righteousness and not the righteousness of God. God corrected his self righteousness or worthiness not to suffer. Are you called to suffer? Are you suffering as a child of God, is sin plaguing your doorstep, or is something else occurring in your life. Is your trial to give you a better testimony of the grace of God in times of struggle.
I heard a woman ask God for more testimony, yet watching the person struggle as God begins to do that work so that testimony of faith can be given is like saying are you praying for trials and trouble or are you praying for pathways of streets of gold. I say it with love not mockery, because in truth we want that ability to testify of the works of God, but we forget that it not about the trials of faith but the everyday walk that is a testimony whether spoken for the stage or by observance by others.
David in this Psalms was angry wanting the enemy to fall into his own trap and caught by his own net that leads to destruction. He was angry at the mockers of God, angry at the mockers of him. Angry because they could only see the faults and not the victories. Today is Ascension Sunday, is when people of faith celebrate Christ returning to His Father and sitting on the throne in heaven His rightful place. Jesus had faced his mockers, went through trial and was crucified to only have victory over the grave. Yet this victory was for all mankind that would believe. All mankind that would gain hope through the word of God. The victory won yet not complete, only for the enemy to mock because of Christ did not become an earthly king at this time, though He is King and Lord to all believers. He is our spiritual king and a king that will one day be a physical king when He returns. Yet mean time the world mocks the people of God and God. No matter if they going through a trial or being punished for sin. Let the Christian not be the mocker of God but the one seeking understanding to keeping of the faith and enabling others to stand too, because they have been there through the trials in life.
To my friend that is struggling you did get what you asked God for, don’t use it for a time to be bitter but a time to praise the Lord. The world is gnashing their teeth at the ways of God, The devil thought he won when Jesus was laid in that tomb. Yet his defeat was soon realized with the quake and the angels rolling back the stone. His body coming out of the tomb risen. Christ ascended into heaven, yet one day he will return and revenge those that mock him in the world today. So what if we are going through a trial, it does not change who God is, or the fact He desires us to testify of Him. To testify of His mercy and grace to endure the trials of hardship.
David did not ask to be mocked, but he made a mockery of God with his sin, with continual sin to try and hide his first sin by killing of a soldiers. King David sin would be known in the world to show his imperfection as well as the state of his country who was going through rebellion of their own. The fall of man begins with the sin of I can do it on my own. I made this or that, not with the fear of God who created all things.
David sin if any beyond Bathesheba was mocking the enemy. Speaking cruel against the enemy wishing only destruction and not for their redemption. There is time in life when we all want the enemy revenged, yet we understand not Christ died for enemy too. Mockery only makes people angry especially if it is not justifiable.
Christ is returning and on the day of judgment that world will be angry and will mock God like never before. See they will not only see Christ coming but His people with Him. They will know there name is not in the Lamb’s book of life. The book that has those saved in it. They will know the truth of who God is. Yet there fait is sealed. Pray for enemy because judgment is coming. It is not easy to do. Yet on judgment day you do not want your neighbor not saved, because of unbelief with good homemade spaghetti. You want them saved with spaghetti, because you were saved by the grace and love of God.
Dear Heavenly Father let us not be mockers of faith, but encouragers through trials and troubles in life. Help us to testify through our own struggles. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Daily Bible Verses: Luke 24:38-39 KJV
(38) And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts?
(39) Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.
Daily God’s Promise: Romans 12:20-21 KJV
(20) Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
(21) Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.