“O Lord my God, in You I put my trust; Save me from all those who persecute me; And deliver me, Lest they tear me like a lion, Rending me in pieces, while there is none to deliver. O Lord my God, if I have done this: If there is iniquity in my hands, If I have repaid evil to him who was at peace with me, Or have plundered my enemy without cause, Let the enemy pursue me and overtake me; Yes, let him trample my life to the earth, And lay my honor in the dust. Selah”
Psalms 7:1-5 NKJV
I have been blessed with a life filled with adversity, for I was marked as different from an early age. Various traumas, events and incidents in my life, left me with an aura of peculiarity. In my peculiarity, I was subject to much ridicule, mocking, bullying, and rejection. My memories are filled with moments, where those who were not comfortable with me, expressed their discomfort by doing as much evil as possible.
It was not until I became a follower of Jesus that I was able to find a reality where I could fit in, and not have to deal with the onslaught. Where I had no recourse, no ally, I now had the God of the Universe. I found greater peace with the Lord than with people. There have been troubles, but I give them to the Lord.
Looking through Psalm seven this morning, I was reminded of how I felt so often, when my enemies seemed to be pressing in on me. The Psalm was penned by David, possibly during the time that he was being pursued by Saul. I could understand the feelings that David must have had, being pursued for no cause.
Being introspective, one might, wisely, wonder what they did to bring on the troubles. The writer asked for examination, and if found guilty, asked for the enemy to overtake him. David was able to trust in the Lord, knowing that He was aware of all things.
I have learned to seek the Lord when I have entered into conflict, asking Him to search me, and show me my wrong.
“You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off.”
Psalms 139:2 NKJV
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.”
Psalms 139:23-24 NKJV
It is my desire to live peaceably with everyone, not for my own peace, but for the glory of God. My greatest desire is to be an ambassador for the Lord. Over the span of my life, I have been stripped of all things needful to perpetuate my own glory, and I sit here even today knowing that I do not have long. I want all that remains to speak loudly if Jesus.
It is in my frailty, and the vaporous nature of my life that I want the glory of God to be shown. In light of that desire, I willingly take the hits, the mocking, the slander and the gossip, that Jesus be magnified. I have learned time and time again that the battle belongs to the Lord, and He is proven faithful to deal with those who mean me harm.
“Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
Romans 12:17-21 NKJV
Brothers and sisters, we are undoubtably feeling like David, with the enemy pressing in on us, and we are calling out to God for His rescue. We know with confidence that the Lord is for us, and we know the end of the story. Let us focus on being like the Lord, approaching all who are in opposition with love and good works. In our flesh, this can seem impossible, but by walking in the Spirit, we can show the love of Jesus.
May the fruit of the Spirit be bountiful in us, and may it fulfill us in all that we need to be ambassadors of Jesus in these perilous times.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”
Galatians 5:22-25 NKJV
Let us be completely mindful of the mission the Lord has given us, to go and tell of the great salvation in Jesus. Let us keep no record of the wrongs along the way, knowing that the Lord is keeping an accounting and all will be dealt with in due time. By living peaceably, we are able serve full heartedly, going to everyone the Lord may save, without bias.
May we be known by our love.
“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.
I Corinthians 13:4-8a NKJV
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