Saturday, September 21, 2013

Ps 59

Ps 59:1 Deliver me from my enemies, O my God; defend me from those who rise up against me.
:2 Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, and save me from bloodthirsty men.
:3 For look, they lie in wait for my life; the mighty gather against me, not for my transgression nor for my sin, O Lord.
:4 They run and prepare themselves through no fault of mine. Awake to help me, and behold!
:5 You therefore, O Lord God of hosts, the God of Israel, awake to punish all the nations; do not be merciful to any wicked transgressors. Selah
:6 At evening they return, they growl like a dog, and go all around the city.
:7 Indeed, they belch with their mouth; swords are in their lips; for they say, “Who hears?”
:8 But You, O Lord, shall laugh at them; You shall have all the nations in derision.
:9 I will wait for You, O You his Strength; for God is my defense.
:10 My God of mercy shall come to meet me; God shall let me see my desire on my enemies.
:11 Do not slay them, lest my people forget; scatter them by Your power, and bring them down, O Lord our shied.
:12 For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips, let them even be taken in their pride, and for the cursing and lying which they speak.
:13 Consume them in wrath, consume them, that they may not be; and let them know that God rules in Jacob to the ends of the earth. Selah
:14 And at evening they return, they growl like a dog, and go all around the city.
:15 They wander up and down for food, and howl if they are not satisfied.
:16 But I will sing of Your power; yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning; for You have been my defense and refuge in the day of my trouble.
:17 To You, O my Strength, I will sing praises; for God is my defense, my God of mercy.

This is headed as The Assured Judgment of the Wicked.

During the days David had to run from Saul he learned to watch. He watched the horizon for troops, for signs that Saul's army had camped nearby, for enemies who would betray him. Most of all he learned to watch for the Lord, his Strength, his Fortress.

I wonder how much we watch for the Lord. When enemies try to bring us down when troubles and worries pile on, we look for a way out, but I don't think we have much expectation that the Lord will show up. When we're stressed, we look for some escape, but usually our first impulse is not to watch for the Lord.

Try to start watching for God as you go through life today. Listen for His voice. Remember verse 9 “ I will wait for You, O You his Strength, for God is my defense.

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