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He is All Things to Me

Psalm 144   King James Version (KJV)

1 Blessed be the Lord my strength which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:

I’m so glad He teaches us to war and to fight.  In David’s day, the enemy was physical and you could see him every day.  David had to use his hands i warfare, and relied on God to show him how to win the battles he faced.

Today, we face spiritual battles.  Now I believe David faced them too, don’t get me wrong.  Te spiritual battle has been going on ever since the the fruit was eaten in the garden.  I believe that today we have been given a keener sense of this spiritual battle because of the presence of the Holy Ghost, or Holy Spirit, whichever you want to use here.

Paul tells us that “we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places:” (Eph 6:13).  It is essential that we rely on God to teach us and train us in this type of warfare because I don’t have a clue how to fight a spiritual enemy without His help!  He teaches me to pray, to worship, to utilize His word, to be truthful, to wait on Him, to trust Him – so many things that we must hold onto when the battle gets rough..  Yes, he teaches our hands to fight and our minds to stay engaged in the battle for souls.  My, how He loves us!

2 My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and he in whom I trust; who subdueth my people under me.

Since God is all these things to me, how can I possibly worry about the battles that come my way.  When I pout my trust in Him explicitly, and begin to acknowledge Him in every way (Prov  3:5-6) then He He will direct my path from day to day.  If I know He is directing my path, I can be assured that any trial or storm that comes is one He has led me to so I can go through it.  After all, He led the Israelites through the wilderness for 40 years!  They followed the cloud by day and the fire by night.  Battles came, plagues came, trouble came.  All the adults died.  But God was leading them every step and they came through it.  He will bring me through as well, and it will go much easier for me if I let Him lead.

He is my goodness – I have none within myself (Is 64:6).   When I rely on His goodness as my own, He can teach me what is the good, right and just thing to do in any situation.  I use my own faulty human wisdom to try and figure out what is good.  If I listen to Him, I can gain so much in this area.  I must realize that my goodness is nothing like His.

He’s my fortress and my high tower.  Both of these terms speak of a place where  can go to hide or escape from the enemy.  God provides that for me. I am not to run to a place of my own choosing – I am to run to Him.  I am not to hide from the enemy in my closet or by drinking or taking drugs or any other method.  I am to run to Him.  I am not to avoid the enemy by any method but running to Him – he is my fortress and high tower.

He is my deliverer.  I want to figure out a way to deliver myself.  That will end up in disaster every time.  Or, if it does succeed, will probably end up in pride.  Either way I stray from god;s perfect plan.  He is my deliverer.  He will deliver me in His time, in His way.  I just need to be patient and wait on His timing.  I need to pray for strength to stay the course.  God is faithful to deliver me.

He is my shield.  Ephesians says the shield of faith will quench the fiery darts if our enemy (Eph 6:16).  The shield is meant to stop whatever the enemy hurls at us.  When we allow God to be out shield only those things He decides will get through to us have a chance.  if we try to wield the shield alone we better be fast on our feet!

3 Lord, what is man, that tho tokest knowledge of him! or the son of man, that thou makest account of him!

4 Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passeth away.

Makes you feel important doesn’t it?  Man is just a shadow.  I am just a shadow.  A shadow moves about all day long.  In the morning it’s long, at noon it can be rather short and in the evening it’s long again.  It only moves as I move.  There is no strength, no power, no knowledge, no wisdom in a shadow.  Why does God even mess with us?  We’re just vain beings here making a mess of His creation.  i’ll let you answer this question for yourself.  if you have a good thought about t, drop in a comment!

5 Bow thy heavens, O Lord, and come down: touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.

6 Cast forth lightning, and scatter them: shoot out thine arrows, and destroy them.

7 Send thine hand from above; rid me, and deliver me out of great waters, from the hand of strange children;

8 Whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood.

God has so many weapons at His disposal to help us get by our enemy.  He can send a shooting star or an asteroid, He can erupt a volcano or throw lightning at them, He can scatter hem with the wind or shoot His arrows down.  His hand will take tare of my enemy – I just need to trust Him, pray and praise.

9 I will sing a new song unto thee, O God: upon a psaltery and an instrument of ten strings will I sing praises unto thee.

10 It is he that giveth salvation unto kings: who delivereth David his servant from the hurtful sword.

I love the new song.  God gives them to me regularly.  I sing them all the time.  Songs of praise that lift up His name.  How about you – do you have a new song to sing?  Just open up your mouth and let the words flow.  Words of praise.  Words that exalt His name.  Words of thanksgiving.  If they take in a beat or a melody, sing them louder.  Sing your own new song!

11 Rid me, and deliver me from the hand of strange children, whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood:

12 That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace:

13 That our garners may be full, affording all manner of store: that our sheep may bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our streets:

14 That our oxen may be strong to labour; that there be no breaking in, nor going out; that there be no complaining in our streets.

15 Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the Lord.

This prayer of deliverance from. strange children is very interesting to me.  Their mouth speaks vanity and their hands are full of falsehood.   Sounds like He has children similar to mine when they were teenagers!  I prayed for them for years that they would get their lives straightened out.  Now they are all in church and learning anew about Jesus.

There are blessings to us when our children do well because we are not spending all if our energy and resources on them.  Not only does it bring joy to our hearts to see their lives going better, but our house is better as well.

Never stop praying for your kids  and always show them your love.  Show them your love for the Lord too!


The Bountiful Life

Psalm 142 King James Version (KJV)

1 I cried unto the Lord with my voice; with my voice unto the Lord did I make my supplication.

Jesus taught us that even before we speak, the Lord knows our needs (Matt 6:8).  So why must we speak them out loud?  This question puzzled me for a long time.  If God knows my needs, why doesn’t He just take care of them before they get out of hand?  That sure would save me a lot of misery and heartache.

When I was an alcoholic, I could not overcome is until I admitted I was an alcoholic.  When I was a drug addict the same thing applied.  When I was full of pride, I could not  overcome that pride until  I recognized it inside of me.  That was a hard one, because pride masks itself  to the one who has it.  It took a long time for me to overcome that one, but with God’s help I have it in hand.  You see, whatever you want to accomplish you have to admit it  to  yourself first.

This is the principle behind speaking our prayers to God and making our requests known.  When we speak them out loud, God knows that we understand our own needs, however big or small they may be.  He knows we have come to a place of needing Him too bring an answer, that we have given up  on trying to figure it out ourselves, and that our dependence rests on Him.  We are right where He desires us to be – broken and contrite before Him.  Then He can answer our requests.

2 I poured out my complaint before him; I shewed before him my trouble.

The picture here is like water pouring out of a cistern, or of someone rolling out a scroll before Him.  David’s prayers were not short prayers – they poured out of him before the throne of God.  I can see His tears mingling with his requests, dropping to the ground at the feet of Jesus.  Heartfelt and specific, these prayers laid out for God he exact nature of his need.  We see it inn the psalms over and over again.  Deliverance from his enemies and that he would be avenged were the most frequent prayers David prayed.  Sincerity was at the heart of these prayers, and desperation was evident.

Are my prayers like that?  Do I come to Him with my heart in deep need, desperate for an answer, desperate for a solution?  Do I really know my need?  Have I searched deeply within myself to make sure I understand the nature of my dilemma, and the solution I should ask for.  When I come to God and pour out my soul to Him, and lay out my requests before Him like a scroll, He is compelled to answer my request.

3 When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path. In the way wherein I walked have they privily laid a snare for me.

4 I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul.

I love this!  When I am overwhelmed, God knows my path.  I have been overwhelmed many times in the past year and a half going through cancer.  There were times I felt so alone and helpless against this disease that had invaded my life.  The Chemo sapped my strength and the stem cell transplants knocked me down..  I had little strength and slowly had to work my way back, especially after the second transplant.  That was brutal on my body, and it took a long, long time for me to even think about walking without any aid.

But I always know God knew the path I was on, and hat He had my reins in hand (Psalm 139:13).  He was the director of my life, and He would never lead me astray.  No one could bring me calm, but God was there to walk through it with me.  That dreaded enemy called cancer tried to get me down, but it could not.  Good had my hand and that’s all I needed.

5 I cried unto thee, O Lord: I said, Thou art my refuge and my portion in the land of the living.

6 Attend unto my cry; for I am brought very low: deliver me from my persecutors; for they are stronger than I.

Cancer was stronger than I was, but it was much weaker than my faith, and my God.  When I cried unto Him in the middle of the night, He became my refuge – a place of rest when I was weary.  Sleepless nights turned into nights of joy and worship.  God became my portion in the midst of a time when I had very little.  He was all I needed in those days, and especially in the night.  The Lord was with me all the way through, and He still is.  He can be with you too.  Get desperate for Him

7 Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise thy name: the righteous shall compass me about; for thou shalt deal bountifully with me.

He has dealt bountifully with me!  All the way through I have said the same thing.  “God has been merciful to me”.  I have cancer, had a shoulder that quit working, have neuropathy in both feet and hands, have had pneumonia twice and in the ER two other times besides, can’t go back to work for another year and a half, have restricted driving ability – yet I proclaim with the utmost confidence that He has been merciful to me.  And I know His mercy will take me all the way to complete healing.  His mercy will open up doors for me to share what He has done for me.  His mercy will work through me to bring healing to many and hope to others.  His mercy will move through me to see souls saved.  His mercy never fails!

Weeping Unto God

Psalm 141 King James Version (KJV)

1 Lord, I cry unto thee: make haste unto me; give ear unto my voice, when I cry unto thee.

How often do you find yourself crying before the Lord?  For me, it is often and for various reasons.  I cry unto the Lord because of the mercy He has shown me.  I’m overwhelmed by it!  By His mercy He sought me out before I even knew Him.  By His mercy, He drew me to His side so I could learn of His salvation.  By His mercy He shed His blood on that cross so many years ago so I did not have to pay the penalty of my sin.  By His mercy He brought people into my life to teach me His ways and be examples for me to follow.  By His mercy – I could go on and on.  I weep before God because of the mercy He has shown me.

I cry unto the Lord with thanksgiving.  I am thankful that He first loved me, before I loved Him.  I am thankful that He brought my old trusted friend back into my life to lead me to Him, and to introduce me to my wife.  I am thankful for the family He has given me, and the amazing helpmate He has put by my side.  I am thankful He thought enough about me to help me put aside my pride when it became too dominant.  I am thankful – Oh, I am thankful for so many things that He has done.  I weep before God when I think of how thankful I am.

I cry unto the Lord when I experience His peace and joy.  He gives me peace when the toughest times come my way.  He gives me peace when all around me seems to be chaos.  He gives me joy when sorrow should be in my heart.  He gives me joy when the rain is unceasing and my body is tired and worn.  He gives me peace in the valleys of life because He walks with me there.  He gives me joy when my body is aching and my mind is reeling.  His peace and joy follow me always and I weep before God because of their beauty.

I cry unto the Lord because He loves me.  There is no earthly reason why He should love me.   I was cursing His name with every breath, a drunkard and a drug addict who could care less about God.  Yet He loved me.  Even after I gave my life to Him, I messed up over and over again, yet He loved me.  I became prideful and arrogant in my faith, yet He loved me.  He loved me through every minute that I turned away from Him.  He loved me when I walked in sin, even though I professed my love for Him.  I am amazed that He could love me, and that brings me to tears often.

Yes, i cry unto the Lord – not only with my prayers, but with my tears.  He has been so good to me!

2 Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.

It was the priests duty to keep the incense burning before the altar continually, day and  night.  God said it was a sweet smelling savor unto Him, and He was pleased with it.  The evening sacrifice, which was offered at 3 pm, was a time when all the people would gather at the temple and offer up a sacrifice on the altar, and God was pleased with it.  The daily schedule of all the people revolved around this and the morning sacrifice (9 am).  Significantly enough, Jesus died at the exact time of the evening sacrifice – 3 pm.

Revelations says our prayers go up before Him with incense (Rev 8:4), and they are a sweet savor to Him.  he loves it when we pray, and He loves it when we worship Him by lifting our hands in surrender.  Surrender to His will, surrender to His love, surrender of ourselves as living sacrifice (Rom 12:1)  Our desire should be to have purity in our prayer and worship lives – they rise to the throne of God!

3 Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.

Wow, do I need to pray this every day!  My lips get me in more trouble than any other part of my body.  I speak before I think way to often, and the one that is hurt most by it is the one I love the most – my wife.  It is all too often my pride gets in the way and I get myself in the position of control, and I speak unwisely.  It hurts her deeply and makes her feel inferior and that I don’t think she”s capable.   For years, I always treated her that way, but now my pride has been subdued most of the time and I am gentle, soft-spoken and humble.  But there are times that pride rears it’s ugly head and my lips let things escape that don’t need to be said.  Oh Lord – set a guard over my mouth!

4 Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to practise wicked works with men that work iniquity: and let me not eat of their dainties.

When a thought enters my mind, it is not sin.   Jesus even had thoughts enter His mind – in the wilderness the devil planted thoughts albeit very briefly.  The thought itself does not constitute sin,  It is when we dwell on it and it enters our heart – when we incline our heart toward it, that it becomes sin.  Jesus has our answer – use the word of God to dispel those thoughts quickly.  Do you know the bible well enough to come up with an answer for the hope that is within you (1  Peter 3:15)?  Have you read the bible completely through, from beginning to end?  If you have the Holy Spirit can bring scripture to your remembrance when you need it (John 14:26).  We all need a good solid base of scripture knowledge to ward of he evil one

5 Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head: for yet my prayer also shall be in their calamities.

I need to have reproof when I am going the wrong way in my walk with Jesus.  I should welcome it!  I have met far too many people who move from church to church because the pastor preached a message and they feel condemned.  We must always remember that the devil condemns, the Holly Spirit convicts.  If we feel convicted by a message, we should rejoice.  We should thank God for sermons that reach into our hearts and grab us.  God is speaking to us to make us stronger and better n our faith!  Never run away when you are convicted in church about an area of your life.  Instead, run to the altar and ask God to deal with it right then and there.,

6 When their judges are overthrown in stony places, they shall hear my words; for they are sweet.

7 Our bones are scattered at the grave’s mouth, as when one cutteth and cleaveth wood upon the earth.

8 But mine eyes are unto thee, O God the Lord: in thee is my trust; leave not my soul destitute.

God will never leave us destitute if we will never turn from Him.  When we turn our eyes to Jesus, and look n His wonderful face. the things of this earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace (Yes, that’s an old chorus).  t is in these times that we can trust in Him, that we can gather ourselves together and not feel like our life has been scattered like cut wood.

9 Keep me from the snares which they have laid for me, and the gins of the workers of iniquity.

10 Let the wicked fall into their own nets, whilst that I withal escape.

I always enjoy seeing someone fall into the same trap as they laid for me, or receive the same treatment as they have given me.  There is a satisfaction that can’t be explained.  Now perhaps I should be weeping with those that weep in these cases (Rom 12:15), and often I do.  But the pleasure I receive in seeing them squirm through what they had out me through is just to enjoyable sometimes.  I hope God understands that!

Relax in the Battle

Psalm 140 King James Version (KJV)

1 Deliver me, O Lord, from the evil man: preserve me from the violent man;

2 Which imagine mischiefs in their heart; continually are they gathered together for war.

3 They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders’ poison is under their lips. Selah.

4 Keep me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from the violent man; who have purposed to overthrow my goings.

To be honest, it’s hard for me to relate to David’s plight.  He was almost never at peace while King off the land.  First it was Saul, who tried to pierce him with a javelin twice at the dinner table and chased him around  the country for years before finally dying in battle.  David had done nothing to him.  All David had done was defeat Goliath, then defeat the Philistines, and he even sat at dinner with Saul and calmed him with his harp playing.  His best friend, Jonathan, was Saul’s son.  Yet Saul knew that Samuel had anointed David king in his place, and the jealousy caused Saul to go into uncontrollable rages.  Saul was always after David with evil intent.

Once Saul died, it was David’s son Absalom that tried to take the kingdom away from his father.  David was on the run from his own son!  Absalom won the favor of the people and thought he could take over, but God had other plans and Absalom was unsuccessful.

You see, through it all, God always had David covered.  He was always there protecting David and keeping him just far enough from harms way.  David even had the chance to kill Saul, but he would not lift his hand against the king.  I believe God was pleased with that decision.  David would wait on God to deliver the kingdom to him instead of taking matters into his own hands.

That is the way we should react as well.  Wait on God in the middle of your distress.  Wait on God to deliver you, and spend your time praising Him and lifting His name.  He is merciful to you even in the midst of your struggles if you look for that mercy.  The little things He does to help you through and protect you will only be seen as you settle down and listen to His voice in the midst of the struggle.  He is always there.

5 The proud have hid a snare for me, and cords; they have spread a net by the wayside; they have set gins for me. Selah.

Pride will always lurk in our lives to set snares for us.  I have struggled with this all my Christian life.  All of us have pride.  The difference is that some can control it better than others.  I am learning that my pride can be controlled, and I need to do a better job at times.  I try to be in control, I get demanding, I think I know more than someone else, or that I know better and I have pity parties sometimes.  All of these are symptoms of pride.

But I am so blessed to have a helpmate who is not afraid to point out when my pride rises up.  She knows I will listen now.  It was not always that way.  I never used to listen when she would tell me about my pride.  I just put her off.  But I have learned that the Lord put her in my life to help me with that pesky pride, and I am so grateful.

Men, God gave us wives to help us with this particular aspect of our lives.  They can sense pride rising up in us, and they want so badly to help us overcome that arrogance and self-centeredness that so many of us have.  Listen to her.  Allow her to speak life into your heart.  That is why she is your wife, your helpmate.  You will find a softened heart when you are able to be more pliable in her hands.

6 I said unto the Lord, Thou art my God: hear the voice of my supplications, O Lord.

7 O God the Lord, the strength of my salvation, thou hast covered my head in the day of battle.

8 Grant not, O Lord, the desires of the wicked: further not his wicked device; lest they exalt themselves. Selah.

God hears us.  He is our strength.  He covers our head in the day of battle.  Are these things that I know?  Are these things that I depend on?  Do I rely on God, or on myself when the worst is happening?  Do I turn to my own devices when I am under siege by the enemy?  Can I truly hold off the enemy at all?  All my worrying and all my trying doesn’t phase him.  All it does is pull me further away from God’s comforting arms.  That puts me right where the enemy wants me.  Don’t allow him to get you in that position,  Don’t worry.  Don’t fret  Just let God do His thing and stay in His peace and joy.  You’ll be fine

9 As for the head of those that compass me about, let the mischief of their own lips cover them.

10 Let burning coals fall upon them: let them be cast into the fire; into deep pits, that they rise not up again.

11 Let not an evil speaker be established in the earth: evil shall hunt the violent man to overthrow him.

David calls on God to destroy the enemy. he does not do it himself.  Is it right to pray for the downfall of our enemy?  David is a good example of how to pray when the enemy is putting constant pressure on us.   There is an interesting contrast to this when Jesus comes on the scene though.  He tells us to love our enemies and pray for those who despitefully use us (Matt 5:44).  He tells us to bless those who curse us (Luke 6:28).  Proverbs tells us to feed our enemy and give him drink (Prov 25: 21-22), and not to repay evil for evil (Prov 20:22).

The key is to keep our hearts right.  Do not fall into the pit of anger with your enemy.  Do not look for revenge, but for peace.  Do not try to get even.  Leave them to God, and treat them as you would want to be treated, not as they treat you.  That is the golden rule, after all, and it applies to our enemies just as much as it applies to our friends.

12 I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and the right of the poor.

13 Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto thy name: the upright shall dwell in thy presence.

The key words here are “I know”  When we know these truths, we will not fret. We will not worry what the enemy does to us because we know God is in control.  We know that in the end we will give Him thanks if we uphold His righteousness within us.  God is always for us and will bring us through to victory.  He will never fail.

Winning Through Captivity

Psalm 137

By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion.

We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof.

For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion.

How shall we sing the Lord‘s song in a strange land?

Have you ever been to the place where you just don’t feel like you can lift your heart to praise Him?  The writer of this psalm feels that way.  They have been carried away captive,  and long for Zion, the mountain of God and the place of worship.  They have been taken captive because of their continuous turning to sin and forgetting their God.  Now they realize what they have done, and are filled with grief.

I have felt that way.  Walking in the trails of Pure Life Ministries one summer day I felt that way. I landed at PLM because my sins had overtaken me, and I had to do something drastic. I had lost my job, my marriage was in shambles, I was kicked out of my church and my ministry was gone.   It was like going into captivity

On the trail that day I was listening to the account of a missionary in India who had given into lust and was on the brink of an affair.  He had driven to the women’s house  and parked outside. Then the Holy Spirit spoke into His heart and asked him if he realized how this would affect his marriage, his church, his ministry and all those around him who supported him.

It hit me hard.  I dropped to knees right in the middle of that trail and wept out loud, knowing that I had never taken that into account.   I stayed there for about 15 minutes and headed back to the dorm. The next morning, around 3 am,  I knelt before the cross and recited Psalm 51 as my prayer.  God changed my heart that day.  The captivity was over.

My heart lept within me.  The spirit of praise returned to me, and the rest of my time there was filled with thanksgiving instead of remorse.  Repentance worked just the way it was meant to.

If you find yourself in a place of deep remorse,  and are captivated by your sin, repent.  That is the only way the spirit of praise will return.

If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.

If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.

God must be first. If something else is, you must work in your spirit to enthrone Him again.  If you do not you will see your joy and peace erode slowly.   It will be replaced by satisfaction with less, and that tendency will grow within you until you are happy there.  Is hard to get back when you get here.  Your pride has brought you to a place where you think the place you are now is the best place to be. Pride controls you not God.

I know about this because I have been there.   I only overcame because of 8 months at PLM and a loving,  faithful wife who has stuck by me.  I could not have done it on my own.  You need a trusted friend or counselor to help you remember what God is truly like and what His blessings are like.  You have forgotten!

Remember, O Lord, the children of Edom in the day of Jerusalem; who said, Rase it, rase it, even to the foundation thereof.

O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed; happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us.

Have you ever watched the movie “Ever After”  it is one of my wife’s favorites.  A retelling of the Cinderella story, very different from previous scripts, it stars Drew Barrymore as Cinderella.  The harsh treatment by her step-mother and step-sister is as bad as in any of them, and she is left to suffer at the hands of a ruthless man.  But in the end her step-mother walks in thinking she is due an honor and in horror finds that her step-daughter now holds the rule over her.  Drew Barrymore, the queen, makes a simple statement.  She says “I will speak for her.  May the same treatment be given to her that she has given to me”.  With that, the mother in law and her sisters are banished to the laundry room.

Here, the same thing takes place.  May these kingdoms receive the same treatment they have given the Israelites.  This should be our attitude toward our enemy.  While we are waiting for God to rescue us, and He will, we trust in Him through all attacks.  We know He is our sword and shield, He is our refuge and fortress, He is our strong tower.  There is no enemy that can defeat us, for He is our victory.  So we pray for our enemy.  We do not return hurt for hurt.  We return love and help.  We rise above the turmoil.  God will take care of them and turn our captivity into theirs.

Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.

I have much wonder about this verse.  Why would the psalmist say these should be happy that dash little ones against stones.  This is a barbarous act that happened in warfare in those days.  There should be no happiness in that, especially that the psalmist would recommend.  But it is a warning to them, not an approval.

You see, the psalmist knew they would receive the same recompense for what they do to the Israelites, those called and blessed of the Lord.  In the end, Israel will have the victory and they will be vanquished.  The captors better take their happiness now, because here will be none in the end.  With this verse, He encourages them to be happy now, because it will not last.

The enemies that rise against you better take their happiness now in the torment they bring your way, and they usually do.  My wife has a tormentor in her work place.  This person takes great joy in belittling my wife and talking behind her back, in blaming her for her own mistakes, and holding up work to make it look like my wife is slowing things down.  It is maddening to hear her come home day after day with the same story.  But my wife has been moved now, and the tormentor is silenced.  There is no more happiness in her.  She has been put in her place.  My wife is in the happy seat now.  Wait out your enemy.  God will take care off it!