Morning Reflection 3/06/12 – Psalm 17

Psalm 17

Prayer for Deliverance from Persecutors

A Prayer of David.

1 Hear a just cause, O Lord; attend to my cry;
give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit.
2 From you let my vindication come; let your eyes see the right.
3 If you try my heart, if you visit me by night, if you test me, you will find no wickedness in me; my mouth does not transgress.
4 As for what others do, by the word of your lips I have avoided the ways of the violent.
5 My steps have held fast to your paths; my feet have not slipped.
6 I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God; incline your ear to me, hear my words.
7 Wondrously show your steadfast love, O savior of those who seek refuge from their adversaries at your right hand.
8 Guard me as the apple of the eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings,
9 from the wicked who despoil me, my deadly enemies who surround me.
10 They close their hearts to pity; with their mouths they speak arrogantly.
11 They track me down; now they surround me; they set their eyes to cast me to the ground.
12 They are like a lion eager to tear, like a young lion lurking in ambush.
13 Rise up, O Lord, confront them, overthrow them! By your sword deliver my life from the wicked,
14 from mortals—by your hand, O Lord—from mortals whose portion in life is in this world. May their bellies be filled with what you have stored up for them; may their children have more than enough; may they leave something over to their little ones.
15 As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I awake I shall be satisfied, beholding your likeness.

via Psalm 17:11 (NRSV) – Biblia.com.

David knew what it was like to have enemies. While he was still, basically, a boy, Samuel came and anointed him as king of Israel. The problem was, Saul was already king. As David grew older, it became apparent that God had chose David to replace Saul, but Saul was not going let go of the kingship without a fight. David knew what it was like to be pursued.  Continue reading “Morning Reflection 3/06/12 – Psalm 17”

Churches comfort after Ohio school tragedy – UMC.org

Words cannot express the sadness of this situation. Even though we live in a culture, that many times, has little need of the church, there are somethings that drive us back to God. Lord, we do need you. We need you now more than ever before.

Here’s an article from UMC.org telling how some United Methodist Churches opened their doors so the community could find strength during tragedy:

As twilight heralded the end of a long, difficult day, the community turned to prayer.

via Churches comfort after Ohio school tragedy – UMC.org.

Morning Reflection 2/21/12 – Psalm 7

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Plea for Help against Persecutors
A Shiggaion of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning Cush, a Benjaminite.

1 O Lord my God, in you I take refuge;
save me from all my pursuers, and deliver me,
2 or like a lion they will tear me apart;
they will drag me away, with no one to rescue.

3 O Lord my God, if I have done this,
if there is wrong in my hands,
4 if I have repaid my ally with harm
or plundered my foe without cause,
5 then let the enemy pursue and overtake me,
trample my life to the ground,
and lay my soul in the dust. Selah

6 Rise up, O Lord, in your anger;
lift yourself up against the fury of my enemies;
awake, O my God; you have appointed a judgment.
7 Let the assembly of the peoples be gathered around you,
and over it take your seat on high.
8 The Lord judges the peoples;
judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness
and according to the integrity that is in me.

9 O let the evil of the wicked come to an end,
but establish the righteous,
you who test the minds and hearts,
O righteous God.
10 God is my shield,
who saves the upright in heart.
11 God is a righteous judge,
and a God who has indignation every day.

12 If one does not repent, God will whet his sword;
he has bent and strung his bow;
13 he has prepared his deadly weapons,
making his arrows fiery shafts.
14 See how they conceive evil,
and are pregnant with mischief,
and bring forth lies.
15 They make a pit, digging it out,
and fall into the hole that they have made.
16 Their mischief returns upon their own heads,
and on their own heads their violence descends.

17 I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness,
and sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.

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Where do you turn when the world caves in around you? Maybe you turn to your family, or friends, or maybe you look to yourself? David found his refuge and hope in God. When his enemies were closing in on him, David turned to God. Continue reading “Morning Reflection 2/21/12 – Psalm 7”

Review: Answering God

Answering God

Over the past few months I’ve been reading through the Psalms and Proverbs each day. As I’ve read, I’ve become more interested in the book of Psalms. I picked a used copy book up by Eugene H. Peterson hoping it would give me some insight into the Psalms. What it did was give me desire to read the Psalms more, but also a desire to pray through the Psalms.

If you have ever read The Message you already know Peterson has a flowing style of prose. You will find that same style here. Every so often you run into a nuggets such as, “Human beings are in trouble most of the time. Those who don’ t know they are in trouble are in the worst trouble.”

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