Deliverance from Enemies

Posted: September 8, 2011 in Psalms

Psalms 4-7, “Deliverance from Enemies”

If there’s one thing David had a lot of in his life, it was enemies.  That’s to be expected as the king of Israel – and especially expected considering David was the one with whom God made the covenant that promised Jesus to come as the everlasting King.  How did David deal with his enemies?  He consistently turned to the Lord, declaring his trust & dependence upon Him.

Remember that the Psalms are songs of praise.  Sometimes the praise is joyful – sometimes it’s clothed in David’s grief.  Whatever the emotion David experienced, he did not hesitate to bring it before the Lord.  David is honest in his prayers – which is a great example for us to do the same!

Psalm 4 (NKJV) – Trust in the hope of God
To the Chief Musician. With Stringed Instruments. A Psalm of David.

  • This is the 1st psalm we see with musical direction, though it will be fairly common.  David was quite an accomplished musician, and he didn’t hesitate to give instruction as to the instrumentation of the psalms, using everything from stringed instruments to flutes to an instrument of Gath (Philistia).  Any instrument could be used for the glory of God (even instruments like you & me).
  • Some believe that this particular psalm was written on the same basis as Psalm 3, the rebellion of Absalom.  The tone of the psalms are similar, and perhaps one was sung in the morning & the other in the evening.  That said, there’s no way of knowing when the psalm was actually composed as the Scripture doesn’t tell us.
  • Vs. 1: opening cry

1 Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have relieved me in my distress; Have mercy on me, and hear my prayer.

  • David opens with a cry out to God.  He is obviously in trouble, and he recognizes that God is the only possible one who can help him.  God had proven Himself to be faithful in the past (“have relieved me” – past tense), so David continues to appeal to God in the present.  Right now, David is again in need of God’s mercy, so that’s what he prays for.
    • We’re always in need of the mercy of God.  That need NEVER ends! …
    • Although we don’t live in the past, we never hesitate to look at the past as a basis to have faith for the future.  In each of our lives (especially as seen at the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ), God has shown Himself to be absolutely faithful.  If we could depend on Him for THAT, what else can happen in our lives that He can’t possibly handle.  Like the Israelites who took memorial stones from the Jordan River, sometimes we need to remember the past times God has acted in order to move forward in faith & submission to Him.
  • Note the title David gives God: “O God of my righteousness.”  God IS righteous; God gives righteousness.
  • Vss. 2-3: addressing the enemy

2 How long, O you sons of men, Will you turn my glory to shame? How long will you love worthlessness And seek falsehood? Selah 3 But know that the LORD has set apart for Himself him who is godly; The LORD will hear when I call to Him.

  • David turns his attention from God to his enemies – appealing to them to repent from their actions.  They had insulted him…  Lied about him… Betrayed him…
    • If that can be said about David, how much more can it be said about Jesus?  The Pharisees & Sadducees delighted in the humiliation of Christ, mocking Him while He hung in physical & spiritual torment upon the cross.
  • Why shouldn’t the enemy mock?  Because God hears His people.  God sets apart the godly.
  • Vss. 4-5: counsel to the godly

4 Be angry, and do not sin. Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still. Selah 5 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, And put your trust in the LORD.

  • What does the man/woman of God do when confronted by enemies?  How do we deal with the anger that we naturally feel?
    • Be still – wait upon the Lord.  Remember that anger is itself not a sin…it’s what we do with that anger that can cause harm.  Paul quotes this exact verse when writing to the Ephesians about conflict in the Church.  Ephesians 4:26–27, "(26) “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, (27) nor give place to the devil." []  It’s interesting that Paul does quote that in the context of the church, whereas David was writing of his physical enemies.  Unfortunately, sometimes it can seem as if feel as if our brothers & sisters in Christ are our enemies – which ought not be the case.  Jesus prayed that we would have unity with one another (John 17), but sometimes we still fall into conflicts.  How do we deal with them?  The same way David did: be angry, but don’t sin.  Pray, and continually ask God for His help in resolving the issue.
    • Sacrifice – worship & express your trust in God, based upon His covenant promises.
  • Keep in mind that vengeance belongs to the Lord (Rom 12:19).  To trust the Lord during times of conflict isn’t a cop-out, it’s an act of faith.  Too often we think that the way to handle enemies (or those who feel like enemies) is to actively work against them with all of our might & attempt to manhandle or manipulate ourselves into a position of strength.  Sometimes people do that with co-workers – sometimes with their spouses.  Yet that’s not what God would have us to do.  It’s understandable that we feel anger when we’re hurt, but we need to remember that as a child of God we can trust our God with ALL things – even our anger.  Give it over to Him, and trust God to glorify Himself in the matter.
  • Vss. 6-8: Congregational trust in God.

6 There are many who say, “Who will show us any good?” LORD, lift up the light of Your countenance upon us. 7 You have put gladness in my heart, More than in the season that their grain and wine increased. 8 I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.

  • David doesn’t just pray for himself, he seemingly prays for all of Israel – that all of them would trust God to show Himself faithful over the enemies.  What they needed most was hope: the light of God’s countenance – the expression of His glorious face upon them.    
    • Question: how can we see the light of God’s countenance?  We’ve got to be looking at Him.  Think about it: the only way you can see your friend’s face is if you look at him/her – it’s no different with God.  People often complain that they don’t know the peace of God, nor do they feel as if they’ve got any hope.  Yet they aren’t truly looking to God FOR that hope!  It’s one thing to spend time in prayer just laying out complaints; it’s another thing to spend time in prayer actively expressing our trust & faith.  When we do that, we’ll experience the light of God’s countenance as we seek the face of Christ.
    • That’s the essence of what Paul wrote to the Philippians about prayer: Philippians 4:6–7, "(6) Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; (7) and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." []  Note that Paul did not simply write, “Pray & let your requests by made known to God,” but that we are not to be anxious, and pray with thanksgiving.  It’s not a matter of just listing out our complaints & expect to magically feel God’s peace; it’s expressing our trust in God, being thankful to Him for who He is & the blessings He’s already given us.  When we’re truly in His presence in prayer, His peace is a natural result.
  • What happens when David expresses his trust in God?  He has the faith that God will give him the peace that he needs.

 

Psalm 5 (NKJV) – Trust in the guidance of God
To the Chief Musician. With Flutes. A Psalm of David.

  • Vss. 1-3: Asking for an audience

1 Give ear to my words, O LORD, Consider my meditation. 2 Give heed to the voice of my cry, My King and my God, For to You I will pray. 3 My voice You shall hear in the morning, O LORD; In the morning I will direct it to You, And I will look up.

  • Beautiful expression of prayer to God – David is simply asking that God would hear him & his request.  As the king of Israel, David would have been well acquainted with people petitioning simply for the ability to come before the throne for an audience with the king.  David does the same thing with God. 
  • Notice that David even views God as the King.  True, David had been anointed king over Israel, but ultimately he understands that he is but a steward over God’s people, and that God truly is the King.  The earthly king answers to the Heavenly King – even David is a man under authority.
    • Do we remember that we are under authority in our prayers?  Or do we order God around?
  • When did David come?  In the morning.  Psalm 4 indicated David meditated about God while lying on his bed at night, and Psalms 3&5 both seem to be morning songs.  Apparently, David prayed without ceasing!  Morning or evening, David made a habit of bringing prayer and praise to God.  So much was it a habit that David tells God that God can simply expect it.  “My voice You shall hear in the morning.
    • Can God expect your prayer?  Is seeking His face a habit for you?  Often it seems that some Christians are either “Scripture people,” or “prayer people,” and engage in one practice almost to the exclusion of the other…  It’s not an either/or scenario!  BOTH are necessary for our spiritual health & relationship with God.  Jesus (not surprisingly) gives us a great example of what this looks like.  Not only was He well acquainted with the Scripture (quoting it freely from memory), but He also showed Himself to be a man of prayer, regularly going to quiet places to seek the Lord (Luke 5:16).  Obviously Jesus is our Lord, but He is also our example.
  • Vss. 4-6: Affirming God’s justice

4 For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness, Nor shall evil dwell with You. 5 The boastful shall not stand in Your sight; You hate all workers of iniquity. 6 You shall destroy those who speak falsehood; The LORD abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.

  • We don’t know the circumstances in which David wrote this particular psalm, but apparently he was once again facing the wickedness of his enemies.  What a contrast they were with the Lord God!  God is the righteous King who never did anything that was not good & just.  God is holy – completely set apart from evil. …
  • What is God’s response to the wicked?  He hates wickedness & will judge all of it.  Notice that David goes beyond the idea of just hating the sin – “You hate all workers of iniquity.”  Question: “I thought God loved everyone.  Can God actually HATE people?”  Who’s to say God can’t do both?  God certainly DOES love all of His creation.  Men & women (no matter what their status is in Christ) are made in the image of God, and His great desire is that all the world would be saved.  He takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but desires that they would turn from their wicked ways & live. (Eze 33:11)  We know that God doesn’t just speak of His love for mankind, but demonstrated it when He sent Jesus to die for us while we were yet sinners. (Rom 5:8)  That said, God simply HATES sin, and apparently He hates it when people commit iniquity & rebellion.  God hates sin to the same extent that He loves us: it took the death of Jesus to account for it.  So when the psalms say that God hates the worker of iniquity & abhors the bloodthirsty man, it makes perfect sense.  It doesn’t contradict His love for us; it simply underscores the love that He has for His Son.  After all, Jesus died for the bloodthirsty & deceitful man, too.  That man’s sin sent Jesus to the cross – just like your sin & my sin.
  • Vss. 7-8: Affirming our allegiance

7 But as for me, I will come into Your house in the multitude of Your mercy; In fear of You I will worship toward Your holy temple. 8 Lead me, O LORD, in Your righteousness because of my enemies; Make Your way straight before my face.

  • The bloodthirsty & deceitful man acted in rebellion against the Lord God, but David shows his loyalty & allegiance to God through his worship of God.  The evil man runs away from God; the man/woman submitted to God seeks God in worship.  David went to the Tabernacle (the house of the Lord) & worshipped towards the Temple (that was not even yet built) in faith to express his worship & allegiance towards God.
  • Keep in mind that even the invitation to worship God is a demonstration of the mercy of God.  “I will come into Your house in the multitude of Your mercy.”  We have no reason to be invited to worship – after all, we were just as bloodthirsty & evil as anyone else prior to coming to faith in Christ.  It’s because He has saved us that we even have the ability to worship God at all!
  • What’s David’s prayer in the midst of his worship?  That God would continue to lead him & guide him.  David understood that enemies will take us away from God; we need to be led BY Him – and the only way that can happen is if God Himself does it.  This wasn’t just true of David, this is true of all of us.  We have an enemy that would love nothing better but to lead us away from the Lord Jesus & have us spend our time in the distractions of sin.  What is the only thing that keeps us from following the devil?  The grace of the Lord Jesus!  It’s the good shepherd that leads us according to the righteousness of God.
  • Vss. 9-12: Appeal to God

9 For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; Their inward part is destruction; Their throat is an open tomb; They flatter with their tongue. 10 Pronounce them guilty, O God! Let them fall by their own counsels; Cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions, For they have rebelled against You.

  • David describes his enemies – the evildoers. Enemies lie & destroy one another with their words.  It’s interesting that as a king, David would concentrate so much on the flattery & falsehoods of his enemies.  After all, David was very familiar with military battle.  He knew what it was like to have arrows flying past his head & leading armies into harm’s way.  Yet the enemies he wrote most about seem to be the ones whose weapons were not swords, but speech.  Their evil speech betrayed David in the worst ways & exposed what was in their hearts.
  • David’s prayer regarding them?  God, expose them for what they are!  They lie – let their lies be exposed.  Let them be remembered for their transgressions & fall by their own traps.  Just as generations later, Haman was killed upon the same gallows he had constructed for Mordecai, so David prayed that they would be caught in their own devices.  (This seems to be the 1st of several imprecatory psalms.)
  • What’s interesting about these verse is how they’re used in the NT.  There, they don’t just describe a general enemy; they describe all of us outside of Christ!  Using the LXX translation, Paul writes: Romans 3:10–13, "(10) As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one; (11) There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God. (12) They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one.” (13) “Their throat is an open tomb; With their tongues they have practiced deceit”; “The poison of asps is under their lips”;" []  Paul quotes several psalms in this section (Ps 14:1-3, 53:1-3, 5:9, 140:3), but the point is clear: this is us!  We are the ones who have been proclaimed to be guilty by God – we are the ones who have rebelled against Him!  We are the ones who are destined for a fall, unless God miraculously intervenes by His grace.  And that’s exactly what He did, when He sent Jesus Christ for us!  Praise the Lord that because of the grace of God, we’ve moved from the place of rebellion to rejoicing!

11 But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; Let those also who love Your name Be joyful in You. 12 For You, O LORD, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield.

  • Those who continue in rebellion against the Lord will be assured of His judgment, but those place their trust in Christ can rejoice!  We have become the people of God – and that’s something we can shout from the rooftops with joy.  We’ve been forgiven!  We’ve been made the children of God!  God is OUR God, and He is the one that will defend us from all our enemies.  He’s the one that surrounds us with His favor as we’ve been brought into His family as one of His own.
  • What’s the difference between the enemies of God & God’s people?  The enemies of God use their tongue to cause destruction.  The people of God use their tongue to exclaim praise.

Psalm 6 (NKJV) – Trust the forgiveness & discipline of God
To the Chief Musician. With Stringed Instruments. On An Eight-Stringed Harp. A Psalm of David.

  • Vss. 1-5: Asking for mercy

1 O LORD, do not rebuke me in Your anger, Nor chasten me in Your hot displeasure. 2 Have mercy on me, O LORD, for I am weak; O LORD, heal me, for my bones are troubled. 3 My soul also is greatly troubled; But You, O LORD—how long? 4 Return, O LORD, deliver me! Oh, save me for Your mercies’ sake! 5 For in death there is no remembrance of You; In the grave who will give You thanks?

  • Again, we don’t know the context, but it’s obvious David was in a time of deep distress when he wrote these words.  He had been attacked by an enemy in some fashion, yet behind the enemy’s attacks, David understood that this had been allowed by the Lord as a form of discipline.  David knew he was being rebuked by the Lord, and he pleaded with God to let it end.  Obviously no discipline feels good at the time, but it is a sign that God loves us as His own children (Heb 12:6).  David understood this well.  At the time that he commanded a census of the nation (apart from the will of God), God rebuked David & gave him an option of punishments.  Without hesitation, David asked for the option that took mankind out of the equation.  He would have much rather be left in the hands of his God, than in the hands of his enemies.
    • None of us like discipline at the time, but praise the Lord for it.  There may be a series of days, weeks, or even years that we experience the consequences of our past sin.  Yet when we know that we are solidly in the hands of God, what a grand assurance we can have knowing that God still loves us as His own children!
  • Yet even in the midst of discipline, David asked that it would end.  (Understandably!)  He was at the point that he thought his life might even end, and he asks that God would spare it.  His reasoning? “If I’m dead, I can’t praise You!”  Obviously we know that those in Christ who die are absent from the body & present with the Lord – at the moment of our death we will instantly be praising Jesus in Heaven.  The OT understanding of life after death was not fully developed – but even with the limited understanding David had, his motives are good.  David never once says that he didn’t deserve this round of suffering (though he would claim that at other times); instead he knows the only reason God would pull back from discipline is for His own glory.  Why would God save David? “For Your mercies’ sake,” – for the glory of God.  David did not earn God’s favor or deliverance; it had to be given to him through the mercies of God.
    • That’s the gospel!
  • Vss. 6-7: Expressing his grief

6 I am weary with my groaning; All night I make my bed swim; I drench my couch with my tears. 7 My eye wastes away because of grief; It grows old because of all my enemies.

  • We have to admire the honesty of the psalms!  David certainly sought the glory of God in his sufferings, but that didn’t take away from the grief and sadness he experienced in the meantime.  Whether David is weeping over the sin he committed that brought all of this discipline about, or whether he’s weeping over the attacks of his enemies is perhaps uncertain.  Either way, there is a terrible consequence to sin, which David experienced first-hand.
  • We can be honest in our prayers to God! 
  • Vss. 8-10: Faith that God hears

8 Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity; For the LORD has heard the voice of my weeping. 9 The LORD has heard my supplication; The LORD will receive my prayer. 10 Let all my enemies be ashamed and greatly troubled; Let them turn back and be ashamed suddenly.

  • The enemies may have been allowed to be there by God because of God’s discipline, but David can confidently declare that God has heard his prayer & the time of discipline was over.  As when David went back to Jerusalem after the death of Absalom & David’s former enemies scattered (Shimei), so should all the enemies of David turn back.  His enemies could not do any more to David what God did not allow them to do.

Psalm 7 (NKJV) – Trust the deliverance of God
A Meditation Concerning the Words of Cush, a Benjamite.

  • What were the words of Cush?  We don’t know…Scripture doesn’t tell us.  We do know that Saul was of the tribe of Benjamin, and during the time that David was on the run from Saul, it was not uncommon for Benjamites to cause problems for David.  (Shimei still caused problems for David long after Saul had died!)  Apparently Cush had been one to lie about David & persecute him.  Thus David prays for God to act.
  • Vss. 1-2: Appeal for God to act

1 O LORD my God, in You I put my trust; Save me from all those who persecute me; And deliver me, 2 Lest they tear me like a lion, Rending me in pieces, while there is none to deliver.

  • Notice David begins by calling upon the covenant promises of God by referring to the covenant name of God – “O LORD my God.”  David’s only hope for deliverance was the promises & the relationship he had with God because of God’s own promises. That’s no different with us!  Our promises with God are based upon the sure promises of Jesus Christ.  Why is it we often pray “in Jesus’ name”?  Because it’s only in Jesus that we have any ability to appeal to God at all!
  • David had an urgent need for deliverance – his enemy looked to rip him to pieces as a lion would rip his prey. 
    • We have an enemy that would like to do the same.  The devil roams about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. (1 Pet 5:8)
  • Vss. 3-5: Asking for equitable justice

3 O LORD my God, if I have done this: If there is iniquity in my hands, 4 If I have repaid evil to him who was at peace with me, Or have plundered my enemy without cause, 5 Let the enemy pursue me and overtake me; Yes, let him trample my life to the earth, And lay my honor in the dust. Selah

  • At first glance, David’s confidence seems a bit overstated.  After all, David was certainly not sinless.  It’s not as if he hadn’t done anything worthy of punishment from God.  It’s only by the mercies of God that we haven’t received everything we deserved.  If God gave us what we deserved, none of us would be here!
  • David may be generalizing a bit much here, but his point is that in this particular instance, he hadn’t done anything to deserve his persecution.  Indeed, from the Biblical account, it seems that David conducted himself in humility & righteousness whenever he dealt with King Saul.  Saul was the one with the problems of pride; not David.  The basic thought of what David is saying here is simply: “God, I don’t think I’ve sinned here.  If I have, punish me – but I don’t think I deserve this.”
  • All of this said, we need to remember that we have absolutely ZERO righteousness, outside of the righteousness we’ve been given in Christ Jesus.  In fact, there’s only one Person who can truly sing verses 3-5 with all honesty, and that’s the Son of David, the Lord Jesus.  Jesus is truly innocent in every respect, and deserved absolutely none of the scorn that was heaped upon Him.  Yet He did so willingly, out of His great love for us.
  • Vss. 6-10: Affirming God’s righteous judgment

6 Arise, O LORD, in Your anger; Lift Yourself up because of the rage of my enemies; Rise up for me to the judgment You have commanded! 7 So the congregation of the peoples shall surround You; For their sakes, therefore, return on high. 8 The LORD shall judge the peoples; Judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, And according to my integrity within me. 9 Oh, let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end, But establish the just; For the righteous God tests the hearts and minds. 10 My defense is of God, Who saves the upright in heart.

  • David’s request?  “If I truly am innocent, then God I need You to act!  Rise up & judge!”  He’s appealing to the Judge of all the Universe to exercise His righteous judgment & to act on behalf of His people.  Just as God rose up in the wilderness to defend the Hebrews from the Egyptian army, so David asks God to rise up & act on his behalf.
  • Question: can we be judged according to OUR integrity?  No – not if we want to live!  The only integrity and righteousness we have is what we are given by Jesus Christ.  Yet because we ARE given Jesus’ righteousness, that’s exactly how God can judge us according to the integrity we have.  When God looks at us, He sees us clothed in Jesus Christ – the righteousness that Jesus has was imputed to us (given to us) the very moment we put our faith & trust in Him.  Thus those in Christ have nothing to fear from the judgment of God – we can look forward to His blessing & life!
  • David’s words seem to foreshadow the words of the tribulation saints.  Revelation 6:9–11, "(9) When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held. (10) And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” (11) Then a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed." []  There is coming a day in which God will pour out the fullness of His wrath upon the earth because of sin.  It was poured out upon Jesus for anyone who will put their faith in Him as Lord, and will be poured out on the world for anyone who remains in rebellion.
  • Vss 11-13: The actions of God against sin

11 God is a just judge, And God is angry with the wicked every day. 12 If he does not turn back, He will sharpen His sword; He bends His bow and makes it ready. 13 He also prepares for Himself instruments of death; He makes His arrows into fiery shafts.

  • The language of war is very picturesque.  God is angry with sin & those who commit it – He is prepared to go to war against it, and when God moves in His judgment, no one will be able to stand.  For now, God waits.  He demonstrates His longsuffering as He allows people the opportunity to repent and come to Christ (2 Pet 3:9).  During the days of the Tribulation, God will again wait until the number of the martyrs of God have been completed.  At that time, the world will have filled up on the full measure of the wrath of God, and God will indeed go to war against it.  Jesus will return with His armies (us!), and a two-edged sword proceeding from His mouth, and none will be able to stand against Him.
  • Vss 14-16: The end of the wicked

14 Behold, the wicked brings forth iniquity; Yes, he conceives trouble and brings forth falsehood. 15 He made a pit and dug it out, And has fallen into the ditch which he made. 16 His trouble shall return upon his own head, And his violent dealing shall come down on his own crown.

  • As in Psalm 5, David proclaims that those who continue in sin will bring their own troubles upon their head.  They will fall by their own devices.  God will not be mocked, people will reap what they sow.
  • That’s not to say that it will happen in this life.  We just got done studying a whole book (Job) in which it was shown that sometimes good people suffer in this life, and evil people prosper.  David is not blind to that fact (as evidenced by the amount of prayers he has asking for help against his enemies), but he also is not blind to the fact that God is absolutely just.  For all the prosperity that the wicked may seem to have now, there will come a day in which God will hold them to account – and their violent dealing will come down upon their own head as they stand in the light of the glory of God.
  • Vs. 17: affirmation of praise

17 I will praise the LORD according to His righteousness, And will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High.

  • Because God is just, David ends with a note of praise.  Ultimately David recognizes that it is not according to his own righteousness that God will deliver him, but it is according to the righteousness of God.
  • Because God is righteous, He is worthy of praise.  Because God gives us the righteousness of Christ, we can sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High!

Conclusion:
Though the times & circumstances varied in which David wrote these psalms, the basic issue he was dealing with never changed.  He always had to deal with enemies.  Whether at the beginning of his career, or near the end of his life, there was never a time in which David’s enemies completely disappeared & David could just cruise on “easy street.”  What did David learn about dealing with enemies?  He learned to trust God!

  • Trust that God will hear. (Ps 4)
  • Trust that God will guide. (Ps 5)
  • Trust that God will comfort. (Ps 6)
  • Trust that God will avenge & deliver. (Ps 7)

Our enemies may look different than David’s – but be assured that we will experience many of the same difficulties, even if we might not properly label them as “enemies.”  It may feel as if you’re walking all alone in your marriage – you may have a co-worker stabbing you in the back – you may have a ministry partner who seemingly betrays you, etc.  Beyond the earthly difficulties, we know that we DO have a spiritual enemy who absolutely hates us & wants to see us dead.  How do we deal with these things?  The same way David did – by entrusting himself to the Lord God.  Because of the work of Jesus Christ, we can fully entrust ourselves to God as His children.  We can be assured that He hears us, that He will guide us, that He will comfort us, and that He will deliver us.

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