It is interesting to note that although David was treated as not being important in his family he did not allow that attitude to get bitter he used his time away from his family to build his relationship with his God. When Samuel came to his father Jesse to anoint a new king, David was not considered as being suitable. However, in his isolation looking after the sheep, he became a skilled harp player which he used to worship his God. Also, he experienced God’s strength to destroy a lion and a bear that came after the sheep. The depth of that relationship with God is seen in this Psalm because of the way that he declares his confidence in God. It is very important to understand that there is no substitute for experience and use it for God’s glory. However, in Christian circles, it is so easy at times to learn to talk about and act like a Christian without ever being born again and having a relationship with the Lord.

Sadly some people attend Church and their lives are no different to those who do not attend Church. Verse 3 says: “How long will you attack a man? You shall be slain, all of you, like a leaning wall and a tottering fence “. David was not concerned about being attacked, he knew that God was in control of his life and would protect him. I like the metaphor used to describe the reality of his attackers, ‘Like a leaning wall and a tottering fence’ that would only take a small gust of wind to fall over. The Bible says in 1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant because your adversary the Devil walks about like a roaring Lion, seeking whom he may devour”. NLT “Be careful! Watch out for an attack from the devil, your great enemy, he prowls about like a roaring lion looking for some victim to devour, take a firm stand against him and be strong in your faith “. It is so important to clearly understand that satan has no power over us. He was defeated by Jesus on the cross when he died and rose again victorious on the third day. This is an area of our Christian living that is so important to understand and apply to our daily living with Jesus. We serve a victorious Saviour Jesus Christ who is worthy of all our praise.  This is why it is so important to spend time each day worshipping our Saviour and be thankful for the victorious way that we live.

Verse 4 says: “They only consult to cast him down from His high position, they delight in lies, they bless with their mouth, but curse inwardly”. This verse describes the onslaught that we are experiencing today from the media, pressure groups, political parties, etc. While this may be true it should be noted that there has been always bias, however, it has gone to a new level with the ungodly behaviour of a few people reported as normal living. It is interesting that David had a very clear understanding of his enemy and knew that they would not succeed. This is how we should live, remember the darker the night is the light shines brighter. We are living at a great time, while on the one hand, things seem to be getting worse. We are living at a time when Jesus is building His church, there are reports from all over the world that this is happening. This is a great time to press into God experience His Greatness and have our confidence in Jesus renewed.

                    

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