Avoiding the Snares

Psalm 64

Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer: preserve my life from fear of the enemy.

Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked; from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity:

Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words:

David asks God to hear is prayer. We talked about this last time – asking permission to come before God – and how wonderful it would be if we did incorporate that into our prayer life. David had enemies and he wanted to be preserved rom them. He asks God  to hide him from the counsel of the secret council of the wicked. Obviously he knows they are taking counsel to get him and he wants God to intervene. Next you call that an insurrection. Now I think of an Insurrection as something that comes from the inside out. So my thinking is that this is talking about Absalom, his son, and his quest to get the kingdom away from David.

Have you ever notice how those closest to you can hurt you the most? One word said wrong or one thing not done the right way can turn a person against another person very quickly. It shouldn’t be this way among Christians. First of all we shouldn’t get offended. Getting easily offended is sign of Pride, and pride should be eliminated as much as possible. We have an obligation to love our brothers and sisters and we need to carry that out.  There will be times I will do or say things and I  won’t really know I did or said anything wrong.  The orher person could stay mad at me for a long, long time. Do we have the ability to walk up to them and say “I’m not sure exactly what happened but I’m sorry if I did anything to offend you. Please forgive me.” Don’t just say you’re sorry – that doesn’t cover it.  You need to ask for forgiveness. In this case David is very specific – He wants God to preserve him rom those who have taken counsel against him in this insurrection

David calls their bitter words swords and arrows. I used to call the words that came out of my mouth sharp darts that could hurt somebody very quickly.  My mouth didn’t have a lot of swear words in it but it sure had the ability to cut somebody down. I was ashamed of that once I got saved. I need help getting over that, and that help came from learning the power of positive thinking.  The darts would still show up once in a while, but I’m glad that God helped me overcome those words and replaced them with praise.

That they may shoot in secret at the perfect: suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not.

They encourage themselves in an evil matter: they commune of laying snares privily; they say, Who shall see them?

They search out iniquities; they accomplish a diligent search: both the inward thought of every one of them, and the heart, is deep

David’s enemies were not afraid to shoot at him.  In fact they are encouraged to get him right now and nothing seems to be holding them back. They lay snares for David and they don’t thinl anyone will  see them. I’m surprised that David doesn’t respond “My God sees everything.”

One of the things we can be assured of is that if our enemy is laying traps for us, God will let us know. The question is whether we’ll be listening or not. I think often times we get into a position where we’re going into a decision that we need to make and one decision is definitely right and one decision is definitely wrong. We want to do what God wants us to do but often times we don;t see the traps that are set by our enemy to take the wrong job.   These trtaps can be money, or power, or flexibility – any number of things –  to entice us, and we fall into the snare even though God is trying to tell us not to. He will protect us from those snares but He will most likely do it verbally and wonder if we’re listening.

David says they searched out iniquity , they  think often and hard about how they can take David down. They are relentless. And we need to be relentless in our pursuit of God .  We should never back down. Always keep moving forward

But God shall shoot at them with an arrow; suddenly shall they be wounded.

So they shall make their own tongue to fall upon themselves: all that see them shall flee away.

And all men shall fear, and shall declare the work of God; for they shall wisely consider of his doing.

Finally God will shoot at them and He doesn’t miss. Hallelujah. I’m glad I’ve got an excellent marksman on my side that can shoot that arrow straight and true, just like David threw the stone at Goliath.  He threw it at the one place Goliath was vulnerable. When God fights our battles he doesn’t miss!.

What happens next if the enemy has been calling out against David. Their words will fall back on themselves and they will face the same calamity that they pronounce for David. God turns it against them. If you have an enemy that’s coming against you, remember that no matter what they’re doing to you, God will make them repay – if you allow God to take care of the situation. We don’t have to do anything but go to God and ask him to take care of it. The beauty of it is that once the enemy is defeated everybody will see it and they will declare the works of the Lord. God will get the glory and that’s where it belongs

10 The righteous shall be glad in the Lord, and shall trust in him; and all the upright in heart shall glory.

The righteous shall be glad in the Lord. Why are you glad?  What feeds your joy. What is it that puts a smile on your face? urI hope that when you answer those questions you don’t say money or possessions or power or fame or salvation or any of those things. Our happiness or joy or gladness should be in the Lord. Not in anything He’s given us and blessed us with. If we place our gladness in His hands it will never fail and that’s the same with our trust. Iyt’s imperaative that we remember – God is always there helping us and sustaining us.  Just because He’s not evident doesn’t mean He’s not there.  I’ve got to trust him no matter what

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