June 11th

"I say to the Lord, You are My God; give ear to the voice of my pleas for mercy, O Lord.  O Lord, my Lord, the strength of my salvation, you have covered my head in the day of battle....I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and will execute justice for the needy.  Surely the righteous shall give thanks to Your name; the upright shall swell in Your presence."  Psalm 140: 6-7, 12-13

David understands the wickedness and evil intentions of people in this world.  David understood persecution, hatred, attacks, threats and running for his very life.  We see many of these same things today, because we live in a sinful world, and man is looking out for #1. 

David says that men are evil, violent, stir up wars, fights, continually, they use their words to destroy, they are out to destroy me, they have set traps for me, and are just waiting for me to fall.  (How many of us can relate to this in our lives?)

But what does David do?  He cries out to the Lord - "To deliver him."  We need to cry out to the Lord as well.  David goes to the Lord in confidence, faith and assurance.

* David says to the Lord - "You are MY GOD."  He knows that God is for Him, and prays because of His relationship with God.  You pray differently when you are praying to MY GOD.  When you know God, experience God, have a real relationship with God we can pray with confidence because of having intimacy with God.  Hebrews 4:16 - "Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in the time of need."

* David says to the Lord - "Give ear, (hear me) to the voice of my pleas for mercy, O Lord."  We can ask the Lord for mercy!  We pray for God's mercy in our lives and others.  Mercy means compassion, kindness towards people.  Mercy is God's patience in action in our lives and the lives of others.  Lord, have mercy on me, show me your compassion and kindness.

Jesus said: Blessed are the merciful for they shall be shown mercy."

* David says to the Lord - "O Lord, my Lord, the strength of my salvation."  We need to walk in the strength of our salvation when we are in a battle.  We cannot walk around like a loser, a failure, defeated, but we need to walk in the strength of the Lord.  "They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength."

* David says to the Lord - "You have covered my head in the day of battle."  David was praying for the Lord's protection over his life, his thoughts, his heart and his soul.  We need to ask the Lord to protect us, protect our family, protect our church, and our city/nation.  "The Lord is my refuge and strength a very present help in the time of trouble."

If you are in a battle, why not ask the Lord to be our deliverer today!  You have not because you ask not.  Today, Lord be my deliverer, protector, my shield in the battles that I will face today!

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