9 Deliver me, O Lord, from my enemies; In You I take shelter.
10 Teach me to do Your will, For You are my God; Your Spirit is good. Lead me in the land of uprightness.
11 Revive me, O Lord, for Your name’s sake! For Your righteousness’ sake bring my soul out of trouble.
12 In Your mercy cut off my enemies, And destroy all those who afflict my soul; For I am Your servant.
So often in my reading the verbs jump out at me. Instead of giving the entire Psalm today I am focusing on the last four verses. (Feel free to read the entire Psalm.)
As the Psalmist struggled against the enemies of this life he always turned to the only One who could help him. Again here we see that same wonderful formula. He has enemies but he does not allow them to take control of his mind and life. He goes to the Lord for shelter asking Him to do the action of deliverance. We are usually unable to deliver ourselves and going to the Lord as our Deliverer is the best place to start. We are needy; He is able. We are powerless; He is mighty.
He then asks the Lord to teach him to do His will. Instead of explaining his need, the Psalmist reminds himself that God is God, His Spirit is good and He will lead him in the land of uprightness. So often self-talk is negative. Try this self-talk the next time you are being attacked by the world around you, the devil outside of you or your own flesh within. Remind yourself of God’s good teachings, His good Spirit, and His total ability as God to deliver you.
The next verse is another verb: revive. To ask to be revived is to assume that some level of reviving is needed. When I took CPR we learned to revive people who were not breathing or whose hearts had stopped beating. While travelling I stayed with a husband and wife my parent’s age. I was getting ready for the day when I heard the woman fall. Going into the kitchen I found her on the floor and unconscious. I administered CPR and called 911. She needed to be revived. When do we need to be revived? We sometime fall from the life God has for us and need Him to revive us with His grace and truth.
Finally, the Psalmist asks that in His mercy He would cut off the enemies of his soul. Why does the he think that God will help him in this way? The last phrase tells us that the Psalmist knew something about his relationship to God, he was God’s servant; that is, he belonged to God. God knows those who belong to Him and takes care of them. He always cares for His own. So the next time you need God’s help, remember this, you belong to Him. He will deliver you for He cares greatly for you.
Once again I am thanking God for our church. We so enjoy when we gather together with one another for the glory and praise of God Almighty. We are diverse body with people of many ages and cultures and when we can praise God together it is wonderful. Pray with me for those whom we invite to come to church. Throughout the week we are inviting people and praying for them to come. Only the Lord can get them up on Sunday to be here. Pray that those invited will hear the call of the Lord and join with us for their salvation and for God’s glory.
Our friend Bonnie Verway died on Saturday. Her journey here ended and her life with Christ began. She died at her daughter Kris’s home and just stopped breathing. Pray for Kris and Mike and their families as they work through the loss of their mom and grandma. Death is always painful and the separation is never easy.
Pray also for a friend named Dan who is in the midst of a battle with bladder cancer. He has had surgery and is in chemo treatment. Dan has a wife and two daughters. Pray that they will all see the healing hand of God.
Have a great day in the Lord,