Tuesday 1 August, 2017

Psalm 64

For the director of music. A psalm of David. 1 God, hear me as I tell you my problem. Don’t let my enemies kill me. 2 Hide me from evil people who talk about how to harm me. Hide me from those people who are planning to do evil. 3 They make their tongues like sharp swords. They aim their mean words like deadly arrows. 4 They shoot from their hiding places at people who aren’t guilty. They shoot quickly and aren’t afraid of being caught. 5 They help one another make evil plans. They talk about hiding their traps. They say, “Who can see what we are doing?” 6 They make plans to do what is evil. They say, “We have thought up a perfect plan!” The hearts and minds of people are so clever! 7 But God will shoot my enemies with his arrows. He will suddenly strike them down. 8 He will turn their own words against them. He will destroy them. All those who see them will shake their heads and look down on them. 9 All people will respect God. They will tell about his works. They will think about what he has done. 10 Godly people will be full of joy because of what the Lord has done. They will go to him for safety. All those whose hearts are honest will be proud of what he has done.

I’m sure there are times in all our lives when we feel the universe is against us. Worse still, times when our misery is the direct result of someone else’s words and actions. What a comfort to know we can rest in peace with God as our defender. When we are under attack we need to come back in ‘the opposite spirit’. It would be easy to retaliate against lies/deception/ambushes with spitefulness or a desire to get even. But we are called to take our problems to God. Let Him fight for us. Pray for our enemies, find shelter in the greatness of God who is never taken in by deceit. We need to guard our spirit in these circumstances and let God guide us in wisdom and grace. The universe may seem against us but the creator of the universe is most definitely on our side!

Father God I ask for your protection over my life. Help me God to honour you in all I do and say. Help me to find my shelter in you. Lord I pray for anyone who lies or plots against me that they would see your Glory and repent. May they be blessed. I pray this in Jesus name Amen

Written by Christine Knight

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