Friday, October 14, 2011

Psalm 140 - Protection in Persecution

LINK: Psalm 140 

BACKGROUND

Traditionally, Psalm 140 is connected with the rebellion of Sheba in 2 Samuel 20. Some commentators connect it with David's years in King Saul's court as Saul's envy and paranoia grew (1 Samuel 17-19). 

Regardless of when it was written, it is a prayer for protection from evil men. In the midst of his trial, David focused on God and the future He had for him. In is sometimes included with the "imprecatory" psalms because David calls for God to bring down misfortune on his enemies. 

REFLECTION 

God is a God of protection, but Jesus commanded us to "love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us"  (Matthew 5:43-48). So, there is no need for "imprecatory" prayers.  I always say to myself about others, "Do not cross me or you will be prayed for!!"  That is the Jesus way. 

APPLICATION

Bless in prayer those who have persecuted or hurt you.

As I write this update, ISIS is closing in on Christians in Iraq. The atrocities are many. Could you pray for them instead of curse them? 

30 Day Prayer Guide for ISIS

I have posted this before, but please listen to these two messages about the response we as followers of Jesus should have toward people like ISIS:

Part 1: "Serve to Win"

Part 2: "The Other Side of Fear" (exciting news about current events)

PRAYER

Lord, I ask You to bless all those who persecute us. Lord, please visit them with Your presence and transform them by the power of Jesus. Amen.  
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