June 23, 2017

Today you should read: Psalm 64

Thanks for reading Psalms for the Summer!  I hope you’re enjoying them and God is using them in your life.  Today we read Psalm 64.  This is a Psalm written by David while he is being sought after by king Saul.  You’ll remember that David was anointed by the prophet Samuel and chosen by God to be king.  After killing Goliath, Saul began his evil plot to kill and eliminate David as a possibility for the throne.  He chased David – declaring him an enemy.  Of course, others joined king Saul against him.

God had selected David – and He protected David.  In today’s Psalm, David writes about the anguish of having enemies try to do him harm.  He’s praying and asking God to deliver him. Have you ever had people who … let’s say – didn’t wish the best for you?  Do you have them now?  Then you can relate…

People use their words to hurt us. They sharpen their tongues like swords and aim their bitter worlds like arrows.

They plot against us and set traps for us. They encourage each other to do evil and plan how to set their traps in secret.

They plan for our harm. “We have devised the perfect plan”

But God protected David.  Everyone was able to see and know that His power was greater.  Then David praised Him and rejoiced in Him.  

God will protect you too!  Be careful to keep a pure heart and not return “evil for evil”. Let the revenge to God.  This is difficult – easier said than done.  How can you do the right thing when someone else is trying to hurt you?

  1. Keep YOUR relationship with God in a good place.  Make sure you’re spending time with God and loving Him with all of your heart.  You’re in the greatest danger when this suffers.
  2. Pray for them.  Really pray – not for God to get them back (let that up to Him) but pray for God to take care of things.
  3. Don’t let your mind dwell on the situation.  No matter how easy it is to play it over and over in your mind – don’t do it.  It only makes things worse.
  4. Be careful who you talk to about it.  Don’t just find friends to agree with you – this gets you more fired up.  Talk with wise people.
  5. Ask God to be glorified in the situation.  Think Win-Win – not Win-Lose.  Your life is supposed to bring glory to God in all situations.  This one included!

Remember – friends are far better than enemies.  Enemies are just too much work!  Do your best to resolve your conflict and live in peace with everyone.

QUESTION:  What practical things have you done to avoid or resolve conflict?  Share them in the comments to help others today.

By: Tim Parsons — Lead Pastor

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

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