Consider my meditation.
Give heed to the voice of my cry,
My King and my God,
For to You I will pray.
My voice You shall hear in the morning, O LORD;
In the morning I will direct it to You,
And I will look up.
I like this because it really does sound like the prayer of a soul calling on God. I can relate. It's about turning to God, something I hope you all can relate to as well.
For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness,
Nor shall evil dwell with You.
The boastful shall not stand in Your sight;
You hate all workers of iniquity.
You shall destroy those who speak falsehood;
The LORD abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.
What a wonderful truth, that no evil dwells in God. Some people are afraid of this. They think God can't be all good, or is a mixed bag. But no evil dwells in Him.
As I read about the boastful, the workers of iniquity, the speakers of falsehood, the bloodthirtsy and deceitful... at first, I had a reaction similar to yesterday. How can I abhor someone when I am guilty of such things sometimes? Then I realized I am guilty of such things some times. I've boasted. I've done bad stuff you could probably call 'iniquity'. I've lied. I've been bloodthirsty. I've deceived. And then I keyed in on the phrase "You shall destroy those..." and I rejoiced.
You see, this goes back to what I said on Psalm 2. See, God will deal with all our sin. For some, who do not repent, He will destroy in the way that we normally think about. But for those of us who turn to Him, He will not just offer us grace, but will help us (because we can only do it through His power) destroy that part of us that sins. The "Self", the sinful nature. So this is actually a promise for us to be happy about, applied to ourselves. That side of us will NOT "stand in [His] sight". We will be made like Christ, washed with His blood, and no inquity will be found in us!
But as for me, I will come into Your house in the multitude of Your mercy;
In fear of You I will worship toward Your holy temple.
Lead me, O LORD, in Your righteousness because of my enemies;
Make Your way straight before my face.
Yes! Oh how lovely a phrase: "Your house in the multitude of Your mercy". How merciful our God really is! Lord, let us all fear you and worship you, lead us in righteousness, and make Your way straight before us!
For there is no faithfulness in their mouth;
Their inward part is destruction;
Their throat is an open tomb;
They flatter with their tongue.
Pronounce them guilty, O God!
Let them fall by their own counsels;
Cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions,
For they have rebelled against You.
For a second, I applied these verses to humans. Then I reread it thinking of "the principalities of darkness", who are our real enemies. Jesus makes it clear we must love our human enemies, forgive them, give them hospitality, and turn our other cheek. But we are at war with unseen spiritual enemies. These verses, in my sight, are definitely about them!
But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You;
Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them;
Let those also who love Your name
Be joyful in You.
For You, O LORD, will bless the righteous;
With favor You will surround him as with a shield.
Yes! I love, love, love "Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them". There is no way for us to have victory without Christ, but He is ever our defender, our advocate, our savior, our redeemer. He rejoices to swoop in and save the day! Our Father loves us, and we love Him!
Lord, bless me and my readers, and please with favor surround us with your shield!
I'm linking up with the 31 day challenge (even though I'm going on for 150 days!)