Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Quiet Time Reflections for Today-Oct 13

This is a prayer for these current times in our nation/world. As I read the news and see what is coming, this Psalm is so appropriate for Christians to pray.

Ps 140:1 ¶ <> Deliver me, O LORD, from the evil man: preserve me from the violent man;
2 Which imagine mischiefs in their heart; continually are they gathered together for war.
3 They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders' poison is under their lips. Selah.
4 Keep me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from the violent man; who have purposed to overthrow my goings.
5 The proud have hid a snare for me, and cords; they have spread a net by the wayside; they have set gins for me. Selah.
6 I said unto the LORD, Thou art my God: hear the voice of my supplications, O LORD.
7 O GOD the Lord, the strength of my salvation, thou hast covered my head in the day of battle.
8 ¶ Grant not, O LORD, the desires of the wicked: further not his wicked device; lest they exalt themselves. Selah.
9 As for the head of those that compass me about, let the mischief of their own lips cover them.
10 Let burning coals fall upon them: let them be cast into the fire; into deep pits, that they rise not up again.
11 Let not an evil speaker be established in the earth: evil shall hunt the violent man to overthrow him.

Sometimes I struggle with verse 12 below. It doesn't always seem like the Lord maintains the cause of the afflicted or the right of the poor. Yet He has His own good purposes for everything that happens and I must trust that His ways are not my ways. I can not hold Him accountable to my standard of justice.
12 I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and the right of the poor.

There is coming a day when God's people will be able to look back and will see God's perfect plan and purpose and how it all came together and they will give thanks as they dwell in the presence of God. This is what I must remember when I read verse 12 and am tempted to doubt what it says.
13 Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto thy name: the upright shall dwell in thy presence.

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