Deliver me from my enemies, O God; Defend me against those who rise up against me. Psalm 59 NKJV
Why did David spend so much time praying for protection and cursing his enemies?
This Psalm was written to demonstrate God’s righteous judgment toward the wicked, to show God’s authority over them, to lead wicked people to seek the Lord and exhort the righteous to praise Him.
David and the nation of Israel were surrounded by enemies. They needed God’s protection. They were their own worst enemy.
In chapter fifty-one David repents before the Lord eloquently and sincerely. In the last few chapters he focuses much of his time and energy on the people opposing him.
God protected David against wild animals when he was a boy. God was with David when he faced Goliath. He was with Israel when they went into battle. God drove out the people from the land He gave Israel. So why is David so concerned with people who oppose him now?
Sometimes it is easier to focus on our problems rather than our attitudes. It can be easier to focus on opposition than our choices. It is easier to spot those who rise up against us than to acknowledge the sin that rises up so easily within us!
David was always his own worst enemy. I have always been my own worst enemy. How about you? Do you tend to be your own worst enemy?
At evening they return, They growl like a dog, And go all around the city. Vs 6
The devil is like a roaring lion looking for people to devour. When his schemes fail Satan leaves and returns at a more opportune time.
So it is with our sinful nature. It crouches in the depths of our hearts. It lurks in the recesses of our thoughts. If we feed our flesh it grows beyond our ability to subdue it.
But I will sing of Your power; Yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning; For You have been my defense and refuge in the day of my trouble. To You, O my strength, I will sing praises; for God is my defense, My God of mercy. Vs 16-17
Jesus can give us victory over our enemies. He does require cooperation to defeat the greatest of them. If we confess and surrender the desires of our sinful nature Jesus will subdue it!
Jesus is our refuge in times of terror trial and trouble!
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