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Psalm 21 – Praying the Psalms Project

We all have times in our life when we are overwhelmed and feel plain old weak.  We feel like we are not winning at life and there is defeat at every door.  It seems as if this world in which we live is full of evil and we just cannot see the good.

David reminds us in this Psalm that –

We are not strong.  He is. 

We are not victorious.  He Is 

We are not joyful.  He is.

The great news-  He is and He Lives in us, He hears us and He knows our heart. 

He is our strength, our joy, He equips us and causes us to become victorious!

Psalm 21

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

The king rejoices in your strength, Lord.
    How great is his joy in the victories you give!

You have granted him his heart’s desire
    and have not withheld the request of his lips.
You came to greet him with rich blessings
    and placed a crown of pure gold on his head.
He asked you for life, and you gave it to him—
    length of days, for ever and ever.
Through the victories you gave, his glory is great;
    you have bestowed on him splendor and majesty.
Surely you have granted him unending blessings
    and made him glad with the joy of your presence.
For the king trusts in the Lord;
    through the unfailing love of the Most High
    he will not be shaken.

Your hand will lay hold on all your enemies;
    your right hand will seize your foes.
When you appear for battle,
    you will burn them up as in a blazing furnace.
The Lord will swallow them up in his wrath,
    and his fire will consume them.
10 You will destroy their descendants from the earth,
    their posterity from mankind.
11 Though they plot evil against you
    and devise wicked schemes, they cannot succeed.
12 You will make them turn their backs
    when you aim at them with drawn bow.

13 Be exalted in your strength, Lord;
    we will sing and praise your might.

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I rejoice in Your strength Lord.

When You give me victories, I am filled with joy.

You grant me my heart’s desires – you listen to my requests.

You have given me many blessings – I feel like queen.

You gave me my life, each and every day.

In my victories, you are glorified, Lord.

I am blessed to be part of your Royal Family.

Your blessings are unending.  In Your presence I am glad.

I trust in You and Your unfailing love. 

Inside Your love I cannot be shaken.  

Your Hand grasps Your enemies, Lord.

When You show up for battle – you are like a blazing furnace.

You swallow Your enemies with fire.

I am so angry at the evil in the world, Lord.

They plot and plan wicked schemes.

You see them.

You cause them to turn their backs and You draw Your bow.

Lord, I exalt You!  You are mighty in strength.

I will sing Your praise!   – Amen

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Psalm 18 – Praying the Psalms Project

A victory song from David.  Finally, the Lord has delivered him from his enemies, including King Saul.

I must say, through out the first seventeen Psalms I felt like David was whining.  It seemed as if he was consumed by his enemies. Maybe he was just persistent in presenting his requests to God, because he knew who his Deliverer was. 

How often am I consumed by a problem or battle I am facing. I can’t stop thinking about it, talking about it or crying out the the Lord about it. I’ll be honest, it could sound like – dare I say it – whining.  Maybe, just maybe, I am persistent just like David, because I too, know who my Deliverer is.  

He delivered a  man on the run, who was anointed to become King of Israel.  Won’t He also deliver a  woman who is seeking His perfect will for her life.

Yes He will – He is our Deliverer

Psalm 18

For the director of music. Of David the servant of the Lord. He sang to the Lord the words of this song when the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. He said:

I love you, Lord, my strength.

The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
    my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
    my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise,
    and I have been saved from my enemies.
The cords of death entangled me;
    the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.
The cords of the grave coiled around me;
    the snares of death confronted me.

In my distress I called to the Lord;
    I cried to my God for help.
From his temple he heard my voice;
    my cry came before him, into his ears.
The earth trembled and quaked,
    and the foundations of the mountains shook;
    they trembled because he was angry.
Smoke rose from his nostrils;
    consuming fire came from his mouth,
    burning coals blazed out of it.
He parted the heavens and came down;
    dark clouds were under his feet.
10 He mounted the cherubim and flew;
    he soared on the wings of the wind.
11 He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him—
    the dark rain clouds of the sky.
12 Out of the brightness of his presence clouds advanced,
    with hailstones and bolts of lightning.
13 The Lord thundered from heaven;
    the voice of the Most High resounded.
14 He shot his arrows and scattered the enemy,
    with great bolts of lightning he routed them.
15 The valleys of the sea were exposed
    and the foundations of the earth laid bare
at your rebuke, Lord,
    at the blast of breath from your nostrils.

16 He reached down from on high and took hold of me;
    he drew me out of deep waters.
17 He rescued me from my powerful enemy,
    from my foes, who were too strong for me.
18 They confronted me in the day of my disaster,
    but the Lord was my support.
19 He brought me out into a spacious place;
    he rescued me because he delighted in me.

20 The Lord has dealt with me according to my righteousness;
    according to the cleanness of my hands he has rewarded me.
21 For I have kept the ways of the Lord;
    I am not guilty of turning from my God.
22 All his laws are before me;
    I have not turned away from his decrees.
23 I have been blameless before him
    and have kept myself from sin.
24 The Lord has rewarded me according to my righteousness,
    according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.

25 To the faithful you show yourself faithful,
    to the blameless you show yourself blameless,
26 to the pure you show yourself pure,
    but to the devious you show yourself shrewd.
27 You save the humble
    but bring low those whose eyes are haughty.
28 You, Lord, keep my lamp burning;
    my God turns my darkness into light.
29 With your help I can advance against a troop;
    with my God I can scale a wall.

30 As for God, his way is perfect:
    The Lord’s word is flawless;
    he shields all who take refuge in him.
31 For who is God besides the Lord?
    And who is the Rock except our God?
32 It is God who arms me with strength
    and keeps my way secure.
33 He makes my feet like the feet of a deer;
    he causes me to stand on the heights.
34 He trains my hands for battle;
    my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
35 You make your saving help my shield,
    and your right hand sustains me;
    your help has made me great.
36 You provide a broad path for my feet,
    so that my ankles do not give way.

37 I pursued my enemies and overtook them;
    I did not turn back till they were destroyed.
38 I crushed them so that they could not rise;
    they fell beneath my feet.
39 You armed me with strength for battle;
    you humbled my adversaries before me.
40 You made my enemies turn their backs in flight,
    and I destroyed my foes.
41 They cried for help, but there was no one to save them—
    to the Lord, but he did not answer.
42 I beat them as fine as windblown dust;
    I trampled them like mud in the streets.
43 You have delivered me from the attacks of the people;
    you have made me the head of nations.
People I did not know now serve me,
44     foreigners cower before me;
    as soon as they hear of me, they obey me.
45 They all lose heart;
    they come trembling from their strongholds.

46 The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock!
    Exalted be God my Savior!
47 He is the God who avenges me,
    who subdues nations under me,
48     who saves me from my enemies.
You exalted me above my foes;
    from a violent man you rescued me.
49 Therefore I will praise you, Lord, among the nations;
    I will sing the praises of your name.

50 He gives his king great victories;
    he shows unfailing love to his anointed,
    to David and to his descendants forever.

To the faithful you show yourself faithful, to the blameless you show yourself blameless,26 to the pure you show yourself pure, but to the devious you show yourself shrewd.

I love You, Lord!  You are my Strength, my Rock, my Fortress, my Deliverer

In You I find a safe place from the storms of life.

You are the Shield that covers me, You are the Strength of my Salvation, my Stronghold – 

I praise You!

When life tries to entangle me, destruction is all around me and the coils of death try to strangle me – You hear my cries.

You hear and You take action on my behalf.  You are so strong that the foundations of the earth tremble – In Your might and Your power.

You part the heavens and come to my aide.

You reach down and lift me out of deep waters. You rescue me and You are all the support I need.

Sometimes it is hard for me to believe, but You rescue me, because You delight in me.

 You delight in me, when no one else does.

I am able to stand clean before you, Lord – only by the blood of Your Son Jesus.

Help me to stay true to You and Your Word –  That I will never turn away from You.

To the faithful You show Yourself faithful- to the blameless You show Yourself blameless,
 To the pure You show Yourself pure  –  but to the devious You show Yourself shrewd.

Help me to keep my light shining, for You turn my darkness to light.

With You I can move forward, I can scale the obstacles before me.

Your ways are perfect – Your Word flawless

There is not one, like my God – You are my Rock.

You make my way secure, You help me to walk through this life with the grace of a deer.

I can stand on the heights, sure footed!

You make the road before me broad, so I can find my way.

Providing everything I need for my journey –

You help me to pursue and overcome my enemy – I crush him beneath my feet. 

He turns his back to me and runs.  The enemy cries out, but there is no one to save him.

I’ll trample him until he is like dust in the wind and mud beneath my feet. 

Because You, Lord have armed me with strength. 

I give You praise – My Rock and My Savior 

You have saved me – I will always sing your praises.

For You Lord, have unfailing love toward me. – Amen  

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Praying the Psalms Project Psalm 3

Psalm 3

A psalm of David, regarding the time David fled from his son Absalom.

O Lord, I have so many enemies;
    so many are against me.
So many are saying,
    “God will never rescue him!” Interlude

But you, O Lord, are a shield around me;
    you are my glory, the one who holds my head high.
I cried out to the Lord,
    and he answered me from his holy mountain. Interlude

I lay down and slept,
    yet I woke up in safety,
    for the Lord was watching over me.
I am not afraid of ten thousand enemies
    who surround me on every side.

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.
    May you bless your people.

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Lord, unlike David, I like to pretend my enemies don’t exist.  I am reminded today  that there is an enemy of my soul, his name is Satan.  His goal – to steal from me, kill me and destroy me.  He will use whatever means necessary, even the people closest to me, to wound me and make me feel isolated.  

I know there are many naysayers out there who think I am a fool for believing You have my back. I am sure  that when I cry out to you, you hear me.  Not only do you hear me Lord, you answer me. 

When I lay down to sleep at night, worry does not plague me.  I know that no matter the situation you are watching over me, keeping me and those I love safe. I can rest in that!

When I call out to you – Arise, Oh Lord, Rescue me, my God!  You are near to me, giving me direction and peace.  Those who doubt You are left in awe – almost like being slapped in the face. With that slap you wake them up to see who You really are. 

I thank you, Lord that my every victory in this life comes from You. That you are a God who blesses His people and that includes me.  I am blessed for knowing you, Lord.   Amen and Amen 

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Photo:  Saint Catherine at the foot of Mount Sinai, Egypt, 9 January 2013 (from Egyptian Museum’s Facebook wall)