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11-17-10 HighQuest Psalm 86:1-17

November 18, 2010

The passage I read was Psalm 86:1-17
You can find that passage here:
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+86%3A1-17&version=NIV

My summary of the passage is this:
David prays and says he is poor, needy, faithful, and trusting in God but he is in distress. He ask the Lord to have mercy on him and bring him joy. He lifts up the name of the Lord. He asks for the Lord to teach him so he can rely on the Lord’s faithfulness. He asks for an undivided heart. He compares his unbelieving enemies to himself and his servants heart before the Lord and he ask that God would show his strength by saving him and letting his enemies see that he has been saved so that they will be put to shame.
The verse that most stuck out to me is:
11 Teach me your way, LORD,
that I may rely on your faithfulness;
give me an undivided heart,
that I may fear your name.


As I reflect:
I guess for me this passage contains two areas of application to my daily life. One area is that of deliverance from enemies. And the other is studying the Word of God. I believe that they go hand in hand also. To help me to learn how to fully rely on God, I have his word and Holy Spirit here with me teaching me. For that to occur, I must then apply myself to spending time in his word and meditating on it daily. (Psalm 1:1&2 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night.) This is clearly seen in David’s early to mid life. He didn’t act like the wicked. He instead meditated and applied the word of God daily and was constantly being saved by the Lord from his enemies. I can say it is the same in my life. I have certainly had enemies and I’m sure some still exist, but I am not heavy pressed by them because I am constantly being delivered by my Lord as I meditate daily on His Word and apply the scriptures to my life. And so it is also with this passage. I will apply it to my life, knowing how very important it is to meditate on the Word and not let these teachings be forgotten, and trusting every day in my Lord to lead me and protect me as I do His will.

My response to the Lord:
Lord, though persecution will come and I count it all joy to be persecuted as your servants; your friends of past, I am joyful that you will deliver me from my enemies if I but ask and have faith that you will answer. Father God, please keep me ever mindful of your Word. Through your Holy Spirit I ask that you would keep your teachings constantly on my heart and mind and bless my application of your word to my life and those around me. I ask these things in Jesus name.

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