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Lead Me In Your Righteousness Because Of My Foes

January 8, 2015

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Lead Me  In Your Righteousness  Because Of My Foes

Those who deny God  seem to be always looking  for reasons  to criticize  and tear down Christians.     They will claim Christians are prejudiced,  old fashioned,  dumb,  self-righteous,  straight-laced,  stuck in a rut,  and anything else  they can think of  to mock Christianity.     They hatefully  work hard  to come up  with ways  and laws  that will destroy Christianity  over time.     When that happened  to King David,  he prayed about it.     David realized    how important  it was  for him  to remain pleasing  in God’s sight,  and by faith  to allow God  to set things straight.     David’s prayer  in Psalm 5:8-10 says,

O LORD,  lead me  in Your righteousness  because of my foes;
Make Your way straight  before me.
There is nothing reliable  in what they say;
Their inward part  is destruction  itself.
Their throat  is an open grave;
They flatter  with their tongue.
Hold them guilty,  O God;
By their own devices  let them fall!
In the multitude  of their transgressions  thrust them out,
For they are rebellious  against You.

When David asks God,  “lead me  in Your righteousness  because of my foes”,  he is realizing  that he is apt  to sin  in trying  to get back  at his enemies.     If David sins,  it will give his enemies  another reason  for hating God’s children  and to justify  their evil actions.     Instead of  always trying  to get revenge  and hatefully  do tit-for-tat,  David wants  to react  to his enemies tactics  in a way  that is pleasing  in God’s sight.     But,  like everyone else,  David needs God’s strength  and grace  to honestly live  by faith.     So,  we must ask God  to  “lead me”.

If we try  to go  our own way,  we are sure  to fall  into sin.     We need  to understand  God’s ways rightly,  without mixing in  our own opinions  and feelings,  so we pray,  “make Your way straight  before me”.     We need  to be willing  to lay  all our weaknesses  before our LORD,  so that  we are more open  to accepting  His ways  as we have learned them  throughout His word.

David describes the awfulness  of his enemies,  and simply  asks God  to be their Judge.     Because God knows  the thoughts  and feelings  of absolutely everyone,  He alone  knows how  to judge  in righteousness.     God alone  has the power  to judge  as is fitting  —  and at the right time.

In all  of our living,  we need  to honor our LORD  by trusting  in God’s righteousness,  holiness,  power,  and love  for us.     In His righteousness,  He will set things straight  in the end.     Resting  our troubles  in God’s care,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for faithfully  watching over us.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

 

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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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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