Another Way to Repay

“Appoint someone evil to oppose my enemy;
    let an accuser stand at his right hand.
When he is tried, let him be found guilty,
    and may his prayers condemn him.
May his days be few;
    may another take his place of leadership.
May his children be fatherless
    and his wife a widow.
May his children be wandering beggars;
    may they be driven from their ruined homes.
May a creditor seize all he has;
    may strangers plunder the fruits of his labor.
May no one extend kindness to him
    or take pity on his fatherless children.
May his descendants be cut off,
    their names blotted out from the next generation.
May the iniquity of his fathers be remembered before the Lord;
    may the sin of his mother never be blotted out.
May their sins always remain before the Lord,
    that he may blot out their name from the earth.”

[Psalm 109:6-15 NIV]

As I was reading this Psalm the other day, I began to think about David and how he lived. David was not the kind of man to lift a finger in revenge. Time and time again he was wronged and he never took matters into his own hands.

King Saul was out to murder him — you can’t get much worse than that — and yet David refused to be involved in his death. And when David was king there were plenty of times when he was betrayed and opposed, but he never acted in vengeance.

Photo by Jesper Noer

Photo by Jesper Noer

But, when you read some of the Psalms, you see what he would like to see done to his enemies. Instead of reacting in anger and bitterness, David went to God and poured out his vengeful thoughts to Him. And in most cases, by the end of the Psalm, David is praising God.

It makes me think — what do we do with our anger? Do we lash out at others? Do we bottle it up and suppress it? Do we plot revenge and hold on to our bitterness?

Perhaps, like David, we should go before God and let it all out. God knows our hearts — He doesn’t mind hearing how angry we are and even if we wished someone were dead. As long as in the process of pouring out our grief to Him, we actually release it and hang on to it no longer. Instead, we should be able to walk away praising our Father in Heaven in the freedom of forgiveness.

Do you have something you need to release today? Take it to the Lord — He has big shoulders. 🙂

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Published in: on 29th April, 2013 at 10:42 am  Comments (2)  
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Friend to Friend

‘He asked the Lord, “Why have you brought this trouble on your servant? What have I done to displease you that you put the burden of all these people on me? Did I conceive all these people? Did I give them birth? Why do you tell me to carry them in my arms, as a nurse carries an infant, to the land you promised on oath to their ancestors? Where can I get meat for all these people? They keep wailing to me, ‘Give us meat to eat!’ I cannot carry all these people by myself; the burden is too heavy for me.If this is how you are going to treat me, please go ahead and kill me—if I have found favor in your eyes—and do not let me face my own ruin.”’ [Numbers 11:11-15 NIV]

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Photo by Yogee B

I love reading how Moses talked to God and I think it holds a key to prayer. Moses didn’t approach God with quiet supplication, and ‘Lord, if it be thy will’ kind of sentiment. He came before God with his emotions on his sleeve. He told God precisely how he felt, even in an accusatory fashion — ‘if this is how you are going to treat me‘ — and instead of being struck down by lightning as some of us might expect if we spoke to God like that, God answered his request.

Even a few verses down, God tells Moses He will feed the Israelites meat. Moses didn’t just say ‘thanks God, looking forward to it.’ He replied more along the lines of ‘yeah right, there aren’t enough fish in the sea to feed this lot.’ Again, he wasn’t struck down, but he was challenged not to doubt the hand of the Lord.

I guess it all comes down to relationship. In Exodus 33:11, it says that God spoke with Moses face to face as one speaks to a friend. If we as Christians have a true revelation of our right-standing with God and our Father-child relationship, we would be bold enough to come before Him with our hearts bared, and speak to Him honestly and openly. That, I believe, is how God wants it to be.

Published in: on 25th February, 2013 at 10:56 am  Comments (2)  
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Heaven’s Least

Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere.” [Ps 84:10a NIV]

There is nothing that compares to the presence of God. As the Rev Frederick B Meyer put it, “earth’s best cannot bear comparison to Heaven’s least.”

And that’s all about I have to say about it, because words cannot portray it effectively. Listen to this song linked below–Casting Crowns did a good job at describing what I feel.

“At Your Feet” by Casting Crowns

Published in: on 1st March, 2011 at 10:57 am  Leave a Comment  
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Immeasurable Abundance

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.” [Ephesians 3:20 NKJV]

Exceedingly abundantly. If you read my blog post the other  week about adverbs, you might think this is a bit of overkill in descriptiveness. However, when it comes to God, I don’t think you can use too many words. In fact, I don’t think there are enough words in all the languages of the earth to fully describe Him.

So, when Paul writes exceedingly abundantly here, it is only because there are not enough words to describe in measurement how much our Heavenly Father can accomplish for us. He says it goes even beyond our imagination.

We have the power of the Holy Spirit dwelling within us. The same power that parted the sea, that held the sun still in the sky, that healed the sick, and that raised the dead.

So, when we pray, we can keep this in mind and step out in boldness, making requests that go beyond our reasoning of what might be acceptable to Him. You just never know what might happen! 🙂

Published in: on 22nd February, 2011 at 10:11 am  Comments (4)  
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The Quiet Times

I believe in the sun when it’s not shining, I believe in love even when I feel it not, I believe in God even when he is silent.” – Author Unknown

  Sometimes we hear Him speak into our hearts on a daily basis. Sometimes it is a quiet whisper. Sometimes it almost seems a shout. But then there are times when He doesn’t seem to say anything, even if we want Him to.

It is in those times, especially if you are feeling discouraged, that we must remember that He is still with us, even when we don’t hear Him. Even when we don’t feel Him. God promised to never leave us or forsake us, therefore He is always nearby watching over us. He promised it–therefore He does it. Simple.

It’s kind of like having a friend sitting by you quietly. You don’t always have to talk, but it’s nice to know they are there. We can have that confidence in God. His presence with us is constant. Don’t you find that comforting? I do!

 

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.” [Ps 139:7-10 NIV]

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