Sunday, March 6, 2011

Praying the Psalms {Psalm 60}


Yesterday I came across this post Praying the Psalms at A Minute Captured.  I was intrigued and decided to give it a try.  The chosen psalm for this week is Psalm 60.  

I read the psalm several times, in several different Bible translations.  I guess I was trying hard to have some sort of deep reaction to the words.  I didn't.  It just didn't really resonate with me yesterday.  Too many unfamiliar words like Shechem, Succoth, Edom and Philistia. I set it aside.  

Then, last night I spoke with someone who had just returned from deployment.   I was overwhelmed with the realization that just a few days ago, this person had been living in a war zone, faced daily with the knowledge that enemies do exist in this world and that there is a war going on today, if far from where I live.  It is real.  It is now.  It is ongoing.

Then I re-read Psalm 60 today.  It had a totally new relevance.  There is another war on-going and it is so much closer to home.  It is a spiritual battle we all face everyday.  A battle to do the holy thing, the hard thing, the unpopular thing.  And with that in mind, I read the last lines and found that deep reaction I had wanted to feel yesterday.


Oh, please help us against our enemies,  
      for all human help is useless.               
With God's help we will do mighty things,
     for he will trample down our foes.   (verses 11-12)


Yes, I must continue to fight the daily battle but there is no use on my own.  Only with God's help do I have the strength and protection I need to fight my own enemies.  And I have God's word to assure me that it will be done.




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2 comments:

  1. It is a spiritual battle we all face everyday. A battle to do the holy thing, the hard thing, the unpopular thing.

    I love reading how God speaks to each individual through the same Psalm. I have the same things happen, many times I will read through the Psalm, and again...and again...and nothing. Later something will bring it into a clearer context for me.

    I really like the sentences I quoted. These are hard things to learn sometimes, for us and our children.

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  2. Oh yes - a spiritual battle!
    That is how I read it too, Misty.
    How we need the Lord in this most difficult battle!!
    He is faithful to those He loves.
    blessings..Trish

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~Grace and peace to you~

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