a prayer of disruption

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a prayer of disruption

Psalm 55:9-11 (JDV)

Psalm 55:9 Lord, confuse and confound their speech, because I see violence and strife in the city;
Psalm 55:10 day and night they make the rounds on its walls. Crime and trouble are inside it;
Psalm 55:11 destruction is inside it; oppression and deceit never leave its marketplace.

a prayer of disruption

David’s prayer when he saw such violent crime and trouble in his city was for God to disrupt their plans by confusing and confounding their speech, like he did at Babel. Isn’t that interesting.  Communication is essential for any cooperative effort. But God can disrupt the communication of those conspiring to do evil.

Lord, there are plots to cause all kinds of trouble around us. Confuse and confound their speech, Lord!

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survival technique

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survival technique

Psalm 55:4-8 (JDV)

Psalm 55:4 My heart writhes within me; terrors of death sweep over me.
Psalm 55:5 Fear and trembling grip me; horror has overwhelmed me.
Psalm 55:6 I said, “If only I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and find rest.
Psalm 55:7 How far away I would run; I would stay in the open country. Selah
Psalm 55:8 I would hurry to my shelter from the raging wind and the storm.

survival technique

David knows where to go for shelter when life is storming all around him. For him, prayer was not just a spiritual discipline. It was a survival technique. We need this gift in our lives if we expect to survive the raging storms life will throw in our way.

Lord, thank you for the survival technique.

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when the pressure mounts

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when the pressure mounts

Psalm 55:1-3 (JDV)

Psalm 55:1 God, listen to my prayer and do not hide from my request for help.

Psalm 55:2 Pay attention to me and answer me. I am restless and in turmoil with my problem,

Psalm 55:3 because of the enemy’s words, because of the pressure of the wicked. You see, they bring down disaster on me and aggravate me in anger.

when the pressure mounts

When I conjure up images of David, I don’t see him restless and in turmoil, or aggravated. I see him confidently toppling giants and leading his nation into worship and prominence. The psalms show us a glimpse of the vulnerable David. He is the great leader who runs to God in prayer and seeks divine help when the pressure mounts.

Lord, make us leaders who know what to do when the pressure mounts.

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he will because he has

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he will because he has

Psalm 54:4-7 (JDV)

Psalm 54:4 God is my helper; the Lord is the supporter of my throat.
Psalm 54:5 He will repay my adversaries for their evil. Because of your faithfulness, annihilate them.
Psalm 54:6 I will sacrifice a freewill offering to you. I will praise your name, Yahveh, because it is good,
Psalm 54:7 because he has rescued me from every trouble, and my eye has looked down on my enemies.

he will because he has

David’s confidence in God’s rescue from his current predicament is not blind faith. It is a thoroughly rational expectation of deliverance based on past deliverance. This is not his first rodeo. He has trusted God in the past when enemies tried to destroy him. God has saved him in the past, he will today.

You and I need to learn from our past as well. God can be trusted. He is in the deliverance business. He is our helper and supports our throats when everyone wants to cut them. How do we know he will today? Because he has in the past.

Lord, we choose to do the rational thing, and trust your faithfulness.

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moral compass

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moral compass

Psalm 54:3 (JDV)

Psalm 54:3 You see, strangers rise up against me, and violent men intend to kill me. They do not let God guide them. Selah

moral compass

David is convinced that if his enemies really knew him, they would not be so keen to destroy him. But isn’t that what we all think? We know there is a lot of evil and violence in the world, but we rarely include ourselves in the mix.

But David’s real reason for asking God to step in and intervene to rescue him from his enemies is that they have no moral compass. They do not let God guide them. Without the restraining influence of God’s Holy Spirit in your life, anything can happen.

Lord, guide us! May we always follow the promptings of your Spirit and do what you want.

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he is listening

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he is listening

Psalm 54:1-2 (JDV)

Psalm 54:1 God, save me by your name, and vindicate me by your might!
Psalm 54:2 God, hear my prayer; listen to the words from my mouth.

he is listening

David’s enemies are at it again, and so David goes back to God again. Every effort to destroy him is met on his knees, because David knows that God loves him, and wants to listen to him. Do you know that? You can know that. The closer you get to God, the more confident you will be that your problems are his to deal with.  Lift your hands to the sky because God is listening.

Lord, thank you for wanting to hear what we have to say.

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the hope of restoration

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the hope of restoration

Psalm 53:6 (JDV)

Psalm 53:6 I wish that Israel’s deliverance would come from Zion! When God restores the fortunes of his people, let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad.

the hope of restoration

The hope of this believer was not escape to some heavenly hideaway. He defined deliverance (salvation) as restoration. That is how Jesus defines it too. He is making all things new! We can live with the tragedies and injustices of today if we hold strongly to the biblical hope of the renewal of the earth.

Thank you,Lord, for giving us the hope of restoration.

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I feel this, I know that

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I feel this, I know that

Psalm 53:4-5 (JDV)

Psalm 53:4 Will evildoers never understand? They devour my people like they devour bread; they do not call on God.
Psalm 53:5 So they will be filled with dread – dread like no other – because God will scatter the bones of those who besiege you. You will put them to shame, because God has rejected them.

I feel this, I know that

Notice how the psalmist reflects on his own feelings while talking about the fate of his oppressors.

  • Instead of complaining about what is happening to him, as if he does not understand what is going on, the author of this psalm says that his persecutors fail to understand.
  • He feels like his nation is being eaten up by evil nations around him, but he knows that his oppressors themselves are going to be filled — not to satisfaction — but with dread.
  • He feels the shame of being lowered to the level of the marginalized. It feels like God has rejected his people. But he knows that this oppressing nation will soon be put to shame when God acts in defense against them.

Lord, give us the awareness and understanding to know that our suffering and disappointment is only temporary. You will rescue us, and put your enemies to shame.

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in the blip

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in the blip

Psalm 53:2-3 (JDV)

Psalm 53:2 God looks down from the sky on the human race to see if there is anyone who is wise, anyone who seeks God.
Psalm 53:3 Everyone has turned away; all alike have become corrupt. There is no one who does good, not even one.

in the blip

This sounds very pessimistic, doesn’t it? But the point of the psalm is that God is going to change things. He is going to intervene in human history and judge and destroy all those who do not conform to his holiness. So, this terrible age — like the one in which the psalmist lived — is but a blip on the radar screen of history. Even if terrible things are happening now, don’t despair. Pray for the coming of our Lord. He is the one who can and will make things right.

Lord, we know you are going to condemn those who insist on ignoring your presence and your ways. Redeem us from that terrible fate! Change us now Lord, before that great and terrible day.

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anybody’s fool

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anybody’s fool

Psalm 53:1 (JDV)

Psalm 53:1 The fool says in his heart, “There’s no God.” They are corrupt, and they do repulsive things. There is no one who does good.

anybody’s fool

Once you divorce yourself from the existence of God, and jettison accountability to him, you necessarily make wrong decisions and everything you do is corrupted. Taking the wrong road never gets you to where you want to be. Doing actual good is no longer possible.

That is why the Bible calls the atheist a fool. In one fell swoop, the person who rejects God had condemned himself to a lifetime of wrong choices, and a legacy of corruption and repulsive acts.

That is not to say that believers cannot make wrong choices. We absolutely do. But we have made the choice that ultimately matters most. As long as we stay with God, we have hope for a bit of his light shining through our darkness. We also have hope for restoration and redemption. But without God, there can be no light, no hope.

Lord, give us all the wisdom to acknowledge your existence. We do not want to be anybody’s fool.

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