I have quite a few different thoughts today. I will take them one at a time. I appreciated my time with Job and see myself reflecting in David some of the things I learned from him. I will start with a truth that I use in my prayer life that gives me incredibile confidence in God’s providence when it comes to deliverance.
Break in, God, and break up this fight;
if you love me at all, get me out of here.
I’m no good to you dead, am I?
I can’t sing in your choir if I’m buried in some tomb! – Psalm 6:4-5 MSG
I remind God that there is no way I can praise Him if I am dead and that if I died at the hands of someone, there would be no honour among those who are watching unless He spared my life. If it sounds like a missionary prayer, it is. I can walk through the most dangerous neighbourhoods with such a prayer.
If my hands are really that dirty,
let them get me, walk all over me,
leave me flat on my face in the dirt.
Stand up, God; pit your holy fury
against my furious enemies.
Wake up, God. My accusers have packed
the courtroom; it’s judgment time.
Take your place on the bench, reach for your gavel,
throw out the false charges against me.
I’m ready, confident in your verdict:
Close the book on Evil, God,
but publish your mandate for us. – Psalms 7:5-9 MSG
I started with one verse, then went to two and now ended up four that I had to share. There is so much Job in here. David admits that if he has sinned then takeaway all the marks of his honour in life – plant my face in the dirt.
David assumed, as did Job, that he was innocent and that God should be angry at his enemies and not him. He dreamed that because God was just and would show him favour that the nation of Israel would rally around him and therefore, God. Then God would enjoy honour when the people realized that He was ruling over them as their true King.
Nobody gets by with anything.
God is already in action—
Sword honed on his whetstone,
bow strung, arrow on the string,
Lethal weapons in hand,
each arrow a flaming missile. – Psalm 7:11-12 MSG
This is who God is – my highest honour comes in warning people. Whenever my conversation comes to Jesus and someone asks me why I am telling them about Him, I share that I have to be faithful so that they could make a decision before meeting God.
I read a story recorded by Spurgeon (event happens in Canada) that sheds some light on this – click here for it.
Father, knowing my life is in Your hands, I humbly submit to Your actions and to Your call and purpose in my life.