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With the Crooked You Show Yourself Twisted

April 24, 2014

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With the Crooked  You Show Yourself  Twisted

God Almighty  knows us  so well  —  inside  and out  —  that it’s kinda scary.     We can’t hide one little,  itsy bitsy thing  from the LORD.     Absolutely  all  of our thoughts,  feelings,  and intentions  are wide open  and very well remembered by the LORD.

King David  knew all this  very well.     Even  as a sinner,  like all  of us,  David knew  that he could trust  in the LORD  to help deliver him  from his enemies,  because his full faith  and trust  was honestly  in the LORD.     David always  truly praised  and thanked  the LORD  as he glorified  God’s name.      As much as David  realized his own sins,  he was also  very aware  that his enemies  were very godless.     Their desire  to kill David  was totally unjustified  and wicked.     David really needed  God’s protection.

As a psalm  of praise,  adoration,  and trust,  David wrote Psalm 18.     In it,  David describes God’s ways  with all people  —  including us today.     It is well worth  paying attention to  as we think  about our own behaviors  and intentions.     In Psalm 18:25-29  David writes,

With the kind  You show Yourself  kind;
With the blameless  You show Yourself  blameless;
With the pure  You show Yourself  pure;
And with the crooked  You show Yourself  twisted.
For you save  an afflicted people;
But haughty eyes  You abase.
For You light  my lamp;
The LORD my God  illumines  my darkness.
For by You  I can run  upon a troop;
And by my God  I can leap  over a wall.

This deserves  our serious consideration.     It is not something  to brush off  as unimportant.     In the first three lines,  David thankfully speaks  of how God deals  with His people  who are “kind”“blameless”,  and “pure”.     God is so good  to them  because their ways trust  and honor  the LORD.     But, then comes the stickler  —  “with the crooked  You show Yourself twisted”.

The crooked  will never win.     We all have  to deal  with God Almighty  in the end.     If we imagine  that we can get away  with being crooked,  God will show  that He is very capable  of turning the tables  on our crooked ways.     The  “crooked”  never know  when  God  will show  His power  over them.     Whether it’s  in their short life time  —  or in eternity  —  will be  according to God’s wisdom.

In the meantime,  God’s children  have the comfort of  “You light  my lamp”  —  “God illumines  my darkness”  —  “I can run  upon a troop”  —  “I can leap  over a wall”.     In other words,  God’s word  shows His children  the way  and strengthens them  to make it through this life.     God will  work everything  for our good  in the end  —  even though we don’t know the “how”,  “where”,  or “when”.     All we need  to do  is keep  our trust  and faith  in the Lord our Savior  as we live  according  to His ways.

In the joy  of trusting our Redeemer,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for knowing,  loving,  protecting,  and leading us  through this dark world.”

Love,
Margaret

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

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Glory in His holy name;

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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