Day 4 Psalm 35 Devotional

By September 22, 2016Daily Devotional

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Pray:

Ask God to orient or reorient you to himself. Confess any known sin.  Thank him for his forgiveness.  Be still and reflect on Jesus and his sacrifice for you.  Ask the Holy Spirit to open your heart and mind to God’s word.  Pray for others in your life that they too would know and love God today.

Read:

Psalm 35:19-25

19 Do not let those gloat over me who are my enemies without cause; do not let those who hate me without reason maliciously wink the eye. 20 They do not speak peaceably, but devise false accusations against those who live quietly in the land. 21 They sneer at me and say, “Aha! Aha! With our own eyes we have seen it.” 22 LORD, you have seen this; do not be silent. Do not be far from me, Lord. 23 Awake, and rise to my defense! Contend for me, my God and Lord. 24 Vindicate me in your righteousness, LORD my God; do not let them gloat over me. 25 Do not let them think, “Aha, just what we wanted!” or say, “We have swallowed him up.”

Understand:

David again cries out to the Lord about the injustice he sees. They again are bringing harsh words against David.

But despite all this injustice, he trusts his case to the Lord. He calls out for the Lord to vindicate him.

Apply:

When we’re wrongly accused it’s natural to want to lash out in revenge or to give a detailed defense for yourself. But instead we should do as David did and ask God to defend us. Jesus taught us the same thing in his teaching on the beatitudes.

Matt 5:11-12 11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

When we take a stand for Jesus—for righteousness and truth—just like David, we can expect people to come against us.

But we are not without hope, no our hope is in Christ. Our Hope is as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. No matter what happens to us on this side of heaven, nothing can take away the victory we have in Christ. It’s why we can say Like Paul, “Thanks Be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”  (1 Cor. 15:57)

Reflect on what that victory means and let the peace of God wash over you.

Live:

(Personalize this prayer for today, make it specific to the circumstances that face you.) Ask God to lead you through his Spirit as you go through your day.  Ask him to bring to mind the truth of the gospel and its implications for what you will encounter today.  Tell him “Yes” to his will today and ask him for his power and protection to live this “yes.” Ask him to create and reveal opportunities to proclaim the good news today. KEEP PRAYING THROUGHOUT YOUR DAY TODAY.

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