Thursday, May 16, 2013

May 16 – Psalms 3, 4, 12, 13, 28, & 55

Below are my thoughts from the daily Bible reading of the West Side Church of Christ. Today’s reading comes from Psalms 3, 4, 12, 13, 28, & 55. Before reading I invite you to pray and asked God to speak to you as you read his word. Also above in the tabs is a link to the Bible reading plan.

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Do you have any enemies? What do you do about your enemies? Do you fight them off? Do you ignore them? Do you try to make amends with them? Do you pray for them? As a Christian I believe it is your duty to do several things … work to resolve the issues with them, pray for them, and if the issue cannot be resolved then simply ignore them. The last thing you should do is fight them and retaliate against them.

So what do you do if they will not allow you to make amends? You turn it over to God. That is what we see David do. David was on the run from Absalom when he writes our Psalms today. He hands his enemies over to God to let him decide what will happen to them … “Arise, O LORD! Rescue me, my God! Slap all my enemies in the face! Shatter the teeth of the wicked! Victory comes from you, O LORD.” (Psalms 3:7-8 NLT) David also writes … “May the LORD cut off their flattering lips and silence their boastful tongues.” (Psalm 5:3 NLT). David turns the dealing with his enemies over to God.

I believe that is what we should all do. When you have an enemy or even a simple conflict with others, begin with turning it over to God. God will deliver punishment if it is needed. God will provide you the opportunity for healing if it is best. When we let God deliver the punishment for the wrong doing we are surrendering control to him and reaffirming that he is truly Lord of our life.

On a side note, if you are the one in the wrong you are the one who needs to seek forgiveness and apologize for what you have done. Do not become someone else’s enemy.

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