Deliver me from my enemies, O my God;
Defend me from those who rise up against me.
2Deliver me from the workers of iniquity,
And save me from bloodthirsty men.
For look, they lie in wait for my life;
The mighty gather against me,
Not for my transgression nor for my sin, O Lord.
4They run and prepare themselves through no fault of mine.
Here we have another Psalm written by David while he is on the run. I look at this prayer and I pray it for my Christian brothers all over the world that are on the brink of Martyrdom for their faith. For Pastor Saed in Iran, suffering such deplorable conditions, through no fault of his own! Deliver him Father! I pray it for those in America, persecuted for their faith also. And as I look to our future, I pray.
16But 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.
17To You, O my Strength, I will sing praises;
For God is my defense,
My God of mercy.
Then this. Ahhh. Such refreshment. I praise God for the way that He speaks right to our hearts . This was me, with my kiddies. Singing aloud of His mercy this morning, with my tired fingers stumbling over the guitar strings, trying to find the rhythm, we sang about resting in His embrace, as oceans rise, for I am His and He is mine. You couldn’t plan the timing of this word in my life. Because you see, this morning, is the first morning, in too many mornings that we started out that way, singing aloud. And this afternoon, as I sit for a rare quiet moment, to dig into scripture to see what my Father has for me, I read that. Singing aloud of His mercy in the morning. As I sit tired, and seeking motivation I read “To You, O my Strength, I will sing praises.” As I feel failure, as the day is ending my list undone I read “For God is my defense, My God of mercy.” And I cry. My eyes overflowing. Because I feel so loved. And this is the proof. Apologetics are found most clearly in the regular reading of God’s word. Because in these moments, I am never more sure of Who God is, as He speaks directly to my need and lovingly into my heart.
I pray that we would fight through the distractions of our days and sit at God’s feet letting the healing, guiding, and protecting power of His Word renew and restore our hearts.