Panic, Prayer, and Praise

Posted: November 17, 2011 in Psalms

Psalms 35-37, “Panic, Prayer, and Praise”

It’s no secret that there are times in every Christian’s life when it seems that we cry out to God in desperation, and other times that we tend to kick back & relax.  Sometimes it’s those very instances of relaxation in which troubles arise & we realize how desperately we need the Lord again.  Although Psalms 35-37 were likely written at different times in David’s life, this seems to be the pattern he lays out.  In these various snapshots of David’s life, first he finds himself in massive trouble, crying out to the Lord.  Next, he remembers God’s faithfulness & prays that he would remain in God’s love.  Finally, he affirms the trustworthiness of God, and exhorts others to seek Him.  Those who have experienced the mercies of God ought to be the first to proclaim His praises to others.  That was David’s experience, and it’s likely ours as well.

Psalm 35 (NKJV) – Prayer for God’s Protection & Vindication
A Psalm of David.
Unlike Ps 34, we’re not told the specific historical background of this psalm.  Considering David’s tone of how he felt wrongly persecuted in his innocence, it would make sense that perhaps David wrote this during one of his flights from King Saul.  At the same time, it’s apparent that David was reeling from some kind of betrayal, so it’s possible this was written during the rebellion of Absalom.  Whatever the case, David felt under the gun & he was panicking for God to rise up on his behalf.

  • God as Deliverer (vss. 1-3)

1 Plead my cause, O LORD, with those who strive with me; Fight against those who fight against me. 2 Take hold of shield and buckler, And stand up for my help. 3 Also draw out the spear, And stop those who pursue me. Say to my soul, “I am your salvation.”

  • “Be my defender”: Drawing the picture of a courtroom defendant, David needed an attorney (an advocate) to be his defender & to plead his righteous cause.  Praise God that is exactly what we have in Christ Jesus!  (1 Jn 2:1)
  • “Be my warrior”: Moving from the courtroom to the battleground, David needed a warrior to rise up on his behalf.  Taking up the shield & the spear, God would stop David’s enemies in their tracks & devour those who would devour him.  Although we don’t often think of the Lord Jesus in this light, that’s exactly what He does both on our behalf & to the glory of God.  In His 1st coming, Jesus was meek & wouldn’t break a bruised reed.  In His 2nd coming, Jesus will return with a sword in His mouth and in His righteous wrath and judgment.
  • “Be my savior”: What comfort it is to our soul to hear from the Lord Jesus “I am your salvation!”  David needed deliverance from his enemies, and he knew where to turn: God.  David knew he could not deliver himself; he needed a Deliverer.  Likewise with us – we need a Savior now & everyday.
  • Imprecatory prayer against enemies (vss. 4-8)

4 Let those be put to shame and brought to dishonor Who seek after my life; Let those be turned back and brought to confusion Who plot my hurt. 5 Let them be like chaff before the wind, And let the angel of the LORD chase them. 6 Let their way be dark and slippery, And let the angel of the LORD pursue them.

  • We sometimes have problems reading prayers like this in the Scripture because we know Jesus told us to pray for those who persecute us (Mt 5:44) & it’s not likely He was referring to this as a model. J  Yet we need to remember that God is a righteous judge, and there are some evils that take place in this life in which the people who commit them will never willingly repent.  Instead of seeking the grace of Jesus, they will face His righteous wrath & that’s exactly what David is referring to here.  Would it be better for David’s enemies to repent & seek the face of God in humility?  Of course.  Yet when they do not, we pray for God’s justice to be made known.
  • Prays that God would defeat them & confound them.  David’s enemies thought they were wise & could confuse David; the prayer was that God would do the same to them.  Let their plans be brought to confusion, so that the glory of God would be known.
    • What a great prayer request in light of the spiritual battles we face every day!  Satan has a myriad of ways in which he attempts to steal, kill, and destroy believers, and our prayer request is that Jesus would confound the plans of the devil & bring them to defeat! 
  • Prays that the Angel of the Lord would pursue them.  Let the imagery sink in a bit here.  We sometimes watch movies in which people are pursued by gunships & F-16 fighters & think that they are terribly out-gunned.  Yet how much more is someone overpowered when pursued by the Angel of the Lord?  That’s a maximum show of force!  David’s prayer isn’t merely for his enemies’ defeat, but for them to be overwhelmed & crushed by the righteous hand of God.

7 For without cause they have hidden their net for me in a pit, Which they have dug without cause for my life. 8 Let destruction come upon him unexpectedly, And let his net that he has hidden catch himself; Into that very destruction let him fall.

  • They had tried to trap David, so David prays that they themselves would be trapped.  There’s a great picture of this principle with Haman & Mordecai (Esther 7).
  • In a sense, this is very much like what happened regarding Christ Jesus.  The Devil likely thought he had Jesus trapped and defeated when the Son of God hung upon the cross.  He likely rejoiced knowing that Jesus was dead.  But the very instrument that brought the death of Christ prepared the way for His resurrection from the dead, and the ultimate declaration of Satan’s defeat.  Satan is thus destroyed by the very destruction in which was originally thought to be Jesus’.
  • Promise to praise #1 (vss. 9-10)

9 And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD; It shall rejoice in His salvation. 10 All my bones shall say, “LORD, who is like You, Delivering the poor from him who is too strong for him, Yes, the poor and the needy from him who plunders him?”

  • The promise is that David’s whole being would praise God.  Both his spiritual side (“my soul”) & his physical being (“my bones”).  Everything about him would rejoice in the deliverance of God & give God the praise that He alone deserves as our Deliverer.
  • What would be the praise?  That God delivers those who most need deliverance.  David was the poor man that was overwhelmed by the strong, and God would bring deliverance.  Of course, this is our song as well!  We were overwhelmed by sin, death, and the devil, and yet Jesus delivered us.  We’re free!  We’ve been saved!  Everything in our being (body, soul, mind, and strength) ought to be devoted to rejoicing in the Lord and praising Him passionately.
  • Complaint against enemies: betrayal (vss. 11-16)

11 Fierce witnesses rise up; They ask me things that I do not know. 12 They reward me evil for good, To the sorrow of my soul. 13 But as for me, when they were sick, My clothing was sackcloth; I humbled myself with fasting; And my prayer would return to my own heart. 14 I paced about as though he were my friend or brother; I bowed down heavily, as one who mourns for his mother.

  • David had tried to help them.  He prayed to God & fasted on their behalf.  We don’t know the exact situation, but apparently they were David’s friends at some point.  David knew what was going on in their lives, and he attempted to help them as best as he could – even interceding in prayer for them.  (Thus his prayers weren’t always imprecatory; at one point they were for blessing.)  What happened?  See vs. 15…

15 But in my adversity they rejoiced And gathered together; Attackers gathered against me, And I did not know it; They tore at me and did not cease; 16 With ungodly mockers at feasts They gnashed at me with their teeth.

  • The response to David’s compassion & intercession?  They betrayed him & conspired against him.
  • Jesus went through exactly the same thing!  He was rejected by those He came to save – He was betrayed by one of His own disciples – one of His closest friends denied ever knowing Him – virtually all of His disciples abandoned Him in fear.  Jesus knows what’s like to be rejected & betrayed. 
  • Promise to praise #2 (vss. 17-18)

17 Lord, how long will You look on? Rescue me from their destructions, My precious life from the lions. 18 I will give You thanks in the great assembly; I will praise You among many people.

  • It’s not unusual for us to ask the same question: “how long?”  Yet God sees & God knows!  We can be sure that God WILL act.
  • Again, the promise is that when God acts, David will give God the praise.  The 1st promise to praise was personal worship (spirit & bones); the 2nd promise to praise is public proclamation (the assembly & many people).
  • Complaint against enemies: deception (vss. 19-21)

19 Let them not rejoice over me who are wrongfully my enemies; Nor let them wink with the eye who hate me without a cause. 20 For they do not speak peace, But they devise deceitful matters Against the quiet ones in the land. 21 They also opened their mouth wide against me, And said, “Aha, aha! Our eyes have seen it.”

  • David’s enemies didn’t have a reason to hate him, but they did anyway.  After all, David had acted as their friend, yet they still rejected him.  Know this: there will be some people who dislike you for no reason.  What do you do?  Fight back?  Gossip about them just they gossiped about you?  No.  Do the same thing David did – turn to the Lord in prayer, asking God to act.
  • Notice it wasn’t merely David that was harmed in this, but the whole nation.  His enemies caused division among the people, and brought out false accusations against the king.
    • The Devil loves to stir up division within the Church!
  • Imprecatory prayer #2 (vss. 22-26)

22 This You have seen, O LORD; Do not keep silence. O Lord, do not be far from me. 23 Stir up Yourself, and awake to my vindication, To my cause, my God and my Lord. 24 Vindicate me, O LORD my God, according to Your righteousness; And let them not rejoice over me.

  • God is a witness.  Again, God sees & knows.  There are times in which we might feel alone, but as believers in Christ we can be sure that we are never abandoned by Him.  He is not “far” from us.  God will act in His way & in His time.
  • David’s asking for “vindication” – for God’s righteous judgment.  He goes back to the idea of vs. 1, though instead of asking God to be his attorney, he’s asking God to be the Judge.  (And we know that Jesus is both.  He is our Advocate, and God the Father has committed all judgment to the Son.)
  • How could David be vindicated?  Even in David’s best years, he was never completely innocent of sin.  David wasn’t vindicated according to his own righteousness; he was asking to be vindicated according to God’s righteousness.
    • Our vindication comes because of the righteousness of Christ!

25 Let them not say in their hearts, “Ah, so we would have it!” Let them not say, “We have swallowed him up.” 26 Let them be ashamed and brought to mutual confusion Who rejoice at my hurt; Let them be clothed with shame and dishonor Who exalt themselves against me.

  • Same idea as in vs. 4.  He prays for their defeat & confusion & shame.
  • His enemies might be exalted now, but they would be shamed in the future when God judged them.
  • Promise to praise #3 (vss. 27-28)

27 Let them shout for joy and be glad, Who favor my righteous cause; And let them say continually, “Let the LORD be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.” 28 And my tongue shall speak of Your righteousness And of Your praise all the day long.

  • His enemies were to be ashamed, but his friends were to shout for joy.  Those who stood by David would praise the Lord along with him when they witnessed David’s deliverance and vindication.
  • Take it back to the Lord Jesus.  The disciples may have initially ran & hidden when Jesus was crucified, but after Jesus was vindicated by being physically raised from the dead, the disciples could not stop shouting the praises of God!
    • May we do the same thing!  Those of us who have experienced the deliverance of the Lord ought to never stop speaking of His righteousness & praise!

 

Psalm 36 (NKJV) – Prayer to remain in God’s faithfulness
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David the Servant of the LORD.

  • The wicked man (vss. 1-4)

1 An oracle within my heart concerning the transgression of the wicked: There is no fear of God before his eyes.

  • The word “oracle” simply means something spoken to David by the Lord.  It’s an acknowledgment that David understood he was writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
  • Why is the wicked “wicked”?  Because they have no fear of God.  Literally this word is “terror.”  This isn’t the usual word used to describe the worshipful, reverent fear of the Lord.  Obviously those who are wicked don’t have any of that fear of God either.  Instead, this is a reference to the idea that the wicked don’t have any thought to the Day of Judgment.  Those who willfully reject God believe that they will not be held into account for their actions.  Why change their sin if they will never have to give an answer for it?  They don’t recognize God as being God, so they just go on in their sinfulness.
  • Be careful not to point the finger here – this was all of us outside of Christ.  David isn’t making a value judgment; he’s just stating a fact.  Those who are wicked do not recognize God & they have no terror of God – and it’s a dangerous thing!  Fear can be healthy, in the right context.  It’s ok to be terrified of getting smashed by an 18-wheeler because it keeps us from playing hopscotch on I-20.  Without the proper fear, we leave ourselves open to all sorts of danger.  And that’s exactly the case of the wicked & God.

2 For he flatters himself in his own eyes, When he finds out his iniquity and when he hates. 3 The words of his mouth are wickedness and deceit; He has ceased to be wise and to do good. 4 He devises wickedness on his bed; He sets himself in a way that is not good; He does not abhor evil.

  • The wicked man builds himself up, and tears others down.  Without a fear of God, there’s no worry about how the wicked treats other people.  It’s all about serving “number 1.”
  • The wicked man plans out his own wickedness.  His sin is not accidental. Granted there are sometimes that we “miss the mark” when it comes to sin.  But we certainly can’t claim that about everything.  Every single one of us have had times when we’ve thought about the sin, planned the sin, and then went ahead to commit the sin, knowing what we were doing all along.  We certainly can’t claim, “The devil made me do it!”  Or “It was all just an accident!”  No – instead of abhorring evil, the wicked person is drawn to it & plans it out on their bed.
    • Sadly, Christians can fall into the same trap when we’re not spending time in God’s word & in fellowship with our Lord & King.  When we’re not submitting ourselves to God, we leave ourselves open to falling into old habits of the flesh, and we’ll even get to the point where we start planning out our wickedness on our bed.  If that’s you, beware & repent!  Get on your face before God tonight and get right with Him.
  • The righteous God (vss. 5-9)

5 Your mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds. 6 Your righteousness is like the great mountains; Your judgments are a great deep; O LORD, You preserve man and beast.

  • What a contrast with the goodness of God!  God’s goodness far exceeds the wickedness of men.  The wickedness of man is truly bad, and does not recognize God, but God is amazingly good & holy!  God is everlasting & omnipotent!
  • God is merciful: He is kind to those in need, withholds judgment from those who are repentant, and maintains His loyal covenant to those He loves.
  • God is faithful: He keeps His promises to every respect, and never lets His word fail.
  • God is righteous: God never does evil, and in fact, God is the very definition of righteousness.  We know what righteousness is by looking to the very character of God.
  • God is wise (judgments): There’s no limit to the wisdom of God – like the deep recesses of the oceans, we could take a sounding of God’s judgments and never reach their limits.
  • God is sovereign (preserve): Every man and beast in creation exists by the sheer force of God’s will, and He is sovereign over His creation.

7 How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings.

  • We can trust God because of His “lovingkindness” (chesed).  The word for “mercy” = “lovingkindness” & speaks of His loyal, covenantal love.  How precious is His loyal love!  Those who are His children are protected by Him as a baby bird is protected by the wings of his/her mother.  He watches over us, and preserves us because of His great love, and simply because He promised to do so.

8 They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house, And You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures. 9 For with You is the fountain of life; In Your light we see light.

  • We can trust God because of His provision.  We find our physical, emotional, and spiritual satisfaction in our God.  He is truly our Jehovah Jireh.
  • Jesus is our river of life – Jesus is the light of the world…  We experience this spiritually now; we will experience it physically in eternity… (Rev 22)
  • The prayer of the righteous (vss. 10-12)

10 Oh, continue Your lovingkindness to those who know You, And Your righteousness to the upright in heart.

  • David has experienced the lovingkindness of the Lord, and his prayer is that it would never stop.  This isn’t so much a question of whether or not a person might lose his/her salvation, so much as it is we might lose our intimacy of relationship.  The abundant fullness of the loyal love of God can be known by all who have faith in Christ, but sadly many miss out.  Why?  See vs. 11…

11 Let not the foot of pride come against me, And let not the hand of the wicked drive me away. 12 There the workers of iniquity have fallen; They have been cast down and are not able to rise.

  • How might David lose his intimacy of relationship with God?  He can either be driven away by the wicked, or drive himself away by his own pride.  The wicked can attack us, and put us in situations where we fall back to our flesh & start relying upon ourselves rather than God.  But yet we’re still also susceptible to the “foot of pride.”  It’s not only the pride of our enemy of which we need to be aware, but our own pride as well.  Pride drives a wedge between us and God because we start to put ourselves on the throne rather than recognizing God alone.  We know how the wicked have fallen; may God guard us from acting in the same way!

 

Psalm 37 (NKJV) – Testimony of God’s trustworthiness
A Psalm of David.
Scholars note this is almost an acrostic (each line beginning with a different letter of the Hebrew alphabet), which would have aided in memorization.  The psalm virtually reads as a chapter out of the book of Proverbs, and it’s tough to truly divide it into sections, though there’s certainly a flow of thought that runs throughout.  Although we don’t know the specific historic background of the psalm, we do know that it was written towards the end of David’s life (vs. 25), thus this is a reflection back on everything he had learned about the Lord through the years.  There had been times in David’s life in which he was virtually innocent & completely dependent upon the Lord & there were times in which David had relied upon his flesh & ended up in temporary rebellion against God.  What David learned in life is that at ALL times, God is worthy of our trust.  What he learned, he desired that everyone else would learn as well.

  • Exhortation to trust God (vss. 1-8)

1 Do not fret because of evildoers, Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity. 2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, And wither as the green herb.

  • Sometimes it looks like the wicked prosper.  Don’t worry or stress out about it – just remember that it’s only temporary.  They still have to face God on Judgment Day.

3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. 4 Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. 5 Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.

  • Notice all the verbs here: trust – do – dwell – feed – delight – commit – trust (and more in vss. 6-8).  The whole thought here is action – these are things that David exhorts the Christian to do & believe.  Obviously when it comes to our initial salvation, faith is passive.  It’s something that we receive from the Lord as we’re born anew of the Holy Spirit.  Yet after our initial justification (when we’re made right in the sight of God & proclaimed to be His child), faith is no longer merely passive, but active.  What we learn and believe about God must be put into practice. …
  • Trusting in the Lord = doing good.
  • Dwelling in the land = feeding on God’s faithfulness
  • Delighting in the Lord = God will give us our hearts’ desires.  Committing/Trusting God = God will bring “it” (those desires) to pass.
    • Is this selfish?  No – this is transformation.  The more we delight in the Lord, the more we get to know Him & are transformed by His word & His Spirit.  God’s desires become our desires, and God will most certainly honor those prayers which are made in accordance with His will.

6 He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, And your justice as the noonday. 7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. 8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret—it only causes harm.

  • The problem with comparing ourselves to the wicked in this life is that sometimes we see how they prosper & it stresses us out.  When we trust in God & rest in Him, we can know that God will defend us and bring forth our own justice & righteousness.
  • Keep in mind that our stress never hurts our enemies.  3 times now, David has written “do not fret” – yet that’s exactly how we so often handle problems and conflicts with others.  Yet our worry, anger, and stress never hurts the person we have a problem with; it only hurts us.
  • Why shouldn’t we fret?  Because judgment is coming.  See vs. 9…
  • The reason to trust God (vss. 9-11)

9 For evildoers shall be cut off; But those who wait on the LORD, They shall inherit the earth. 10 For yet a little while and the wicked shall be no more; Indeed, you will look carefully for his place, But it shall be no more. 11 But the meek shall inherit the earth, And shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

  • The evildoers will one day be cut off, but those who trust God will receive the inheritance of God.
  • Jesus likely referred to this psalm in the Beatitudes.  Matthew 5:3–5, "(3) “Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (4) Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted. (5) Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth." []  Those who recognize their dependence upon God will receive the blessings of God.  That alone is abundant reason to commit ourselves to Him!
  • Comparison of the righteous & wicked (vss. 12-22)

12 The wicked plots against the just, And gnashes at him with his teeth. 13 The Lord laughs at him, For He sees that his day is coming. 14 The wicked have drawn the sword And have bent their bow, To cast down the poor and needy, To slay those who are of upright conduct. 15 Their sword shall enter their own heart, And their bows shall be broken.

  • The wicked might plan to harm the righteous, but they can’t outwit or out-plan God.  God simply “laughs” at him in derision.
  • The wicked may be ready to strike, but God is ready to judge.

16 A little that a righteous man has Is better than the riches of many wicked. 17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken, But the LORD upholds the righteous.

  • Righteous poverty is better than wicked riches.  Why?  Because God is our provider.

18 The LORD knows the days of the upright, And their inheritance shall be forever. 19 They shall not be ashamed in the evil time, And in the days of famine they shall be satisfied. 20 But the wicked shall perish; And the enemies of the LORD, Like the splendor of the meadows, shall vanish. Into smoke they shall vanish away. 21 The wicked borrows and does not repay, But the righteous shows mercy and gives. 22 For those blessed by Him shall inherit the earth, But those cursed by Him shall be cut off.

  • The blessings of the believer vs. the judgment of the wicked.
  • How important it is to remember that God is sovereign and in control!  How important it is to remember that this life is not all that there is.  This life is a blip in comparison with eternity, and the ultimate judgment of the wicked WILL happen.
  • Personal testimony of God’s blessing (vss. 23-26)

23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way. 24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the LORD upholds him with His hand.

  • God ordains and guides the lives of His people.  That’s not to preach a kind of Christian fatalism in which every single thing that happens in life is absolutely pre-determined and that none of our choices matter in the slightest (even the color shirt was determined from eternity past, or whatnot), but this simply affirms that God is sovereign.  God is absolutely in control, and what happens in our lives are things that God has ordered and allowed.  He will make His glory known in all of it.
  • David knew this from his own life.  See vs. 25…

25 I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging bread. 26 He is ever merciful, and lends; And his descendants are blessed.

  • Were there days David suffered?  No doubt.  But had God ever forsaken David & withdrawn His covenant promises?  Absolutely not.  God is always faithful.
  • Objection: “But there ARE Christians going hungry in the world today.”  True, but God has not forsaken them.  God cares for them just as much as He cares for His people who have abundance.  Paul knew what it was like to abase & abound, and he understood the grace of God in all of it.
  • Exhortation to live righteously (vss. 27-33)

27 Depart from evil, and do good; And dwell forevermore. 28 For the LORD loves justice, And does not forsake His saints; They are preserved forever, But the descendants of the wicked shall be cut off. 29 The righteous shall inherit the land, And dwell in it forever.

  • The people of Israel had received a simple covenant promise from the Lord.  If they but kept the law & continued to seek after God, even while repenting after their sin, then God would have preserved them in the land forever.  David is affirming that promise here.  Of course, historically we know that the Israelites abandoned the covenant, and God kept the other part of His promise to send them into captivity in discipline.
  • Why are God’s people commanded to depart from evil & do justly (wherever God places them)?  Because “the LORD loves justice.”

30 The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom, And his tongue talks of justice. 31 The law of his God is in his heart; None of his steps shall slide.

  • Justice in action & in speech.  Those to trust God speak justly as much as they act in righteousness.

32 The wicked watches the righteous, And seeks to slay him. 33 The LORD will not leave him in his hand, Nor condemn him when he is judged.

  • God protects His people.
  • Final exhortation to trust God (vss. 34-40)

34 Wait on the LORD, And keep His way, And He shall exalt you to inherit the land; When the wicked are cut off, you shall see it. 35 I have seen the wicked in great power, And spreading himself like a native green tree. 36 Yet he passed away, and behold, he was no more; Indeed I sought him, but he could not be found.

  • David had personally seen the blessings of God upon the righteous, and he also saw the eventual destruction of the wicked.  The wicked may prosper for a time (perhaps even all of their life), but they would not prosper in eternity.  Eventually everyone dies and has to face the Lord God as Judge.
  • Our eyes are always so focused upon this life; how important it is to remember that our existence is bigger than 70-80 years!

37 Mark the blameless man, and observe the upright; For the future of that man is peace. 38 But the transgressors shall be destroyed together; The future of the wicked shall be cut off.

  • We can see it for ourselves.  Compare the future of the righteous & the wicked.

39 But the salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; He is their strength in the time of trouble. 40 And the LORD shall help them and deliver them; He shall deliver them from the wicked, And save them, Because they trust in Him.

  • The end of the matter?  We can trust God because God is our deliverer!  God is our strength!  God is our salvation!
  • God will not abandon those who trust in Him.  Do you trust in Christ?

Conclusion:
Ps 35 – We need God desperately!
Ps 36 – May we continue to seek God!
Ps 37 – God is worthy of our trust!

Are you panicking or are you praising?  Have you forsaken the fear of God, or have you chosen to delight in Him, committing your entire life to Him?  When we begin to rely upon our own flesh, we can find ourselves in some scary positions.  We can find ourselves over our head, and wondering what’s going on around us & desperately in need of deliverance.  We need to remember that God HAS delivered us!  Jesus IS our Deliverer!  May we be committed to Him daily & reaffirm our trust in Him, and then give Him the praise that He so wonderfully deserves!

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