The idea of these little devotionals is simple. I want to approach scripture with the understanding that God is speaking. I’m reading through the Bible and listening for God to ask me questions. I expect these questions to be fairly open-ended and plan to carry them in my mind throughout the day. I’ll share these questions with you in the hope that you find them challenging and helpful.
The book of Psalms is commonly thought of as a collection of the worship music of the Israelites. They were meant to be sung. These are worship songs that God appreciated enough to make sure they were preserved for us. Let’s see if we can find out why…
O God, save me by your name,
and vindicate me by your might.
2 O God, hear my prayer;
give ear to the words of my mouth.
3 For strangers[b] have risen against me;
ruthless men seek my life;
they do not set God before themselves. Selah
4 Behold, God is my helper;
the Lord is the upholder of my life.
5 He will return the evil to my enemies;
in your faithfulness put an end to them.
6 With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to you;
I will give thanks to your name, O Lord, for it is good.
7 For he has delivered me from every trouble,
and my eye has looked in triumph on my enemies.
From this passage I hear God asking me:
Have ruthless strangers risen against you? (v. 3)
Do you have enemies? (v. 5)
Didn’t Jesus say, “love your enemies, and pray for them“?
Then how can you sing to me about returning evil to your enemies, and about looking in triumph on them?
Think about your enemies again.
Do you really have enemies?
Don’t you really have only one enemy?
I’ve taken care of him.
You can look at him in triumph.
As for all those other alleged “enemies,” just do what Jesus says.
Is God asking you anything more, or anything different?
I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.