Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Psalm 5:9–12

"My enemies cannot speak a truthful word.
Their deepest desire is to destroy others.
Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave.
Their tongues are filled with flattery.
O God, declare them guilty.
Let them be caught in their own traps.
Drive them away because of their many sins,
for they have rebelled against you.

But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;
let them sing joyful praises forever.
Spread your protection over them,
that all who love your name may be filled with joy.
For you bless the godly, O LORD;
you surround them with your shield of love."


David had enemies. Here he is in trouble, but he goes to God. David worships, expresses his fear and anger toward his enemies, and affirms what his trust in God means: joy, protection, and blessings. Who are your enemies at this moment? Are you praying for them—after taking time to worship and acknowledge God? Don't be afraid to express yourself honestly, but do it in the context of your trust in God.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

1 Chronicles 12:17–18

"David went out to meet them and said, 'If you have come in peace to help me, we are friends. But if you have come to betray me to my enemies when I am innocent, then may the God of our ancestors see it and punish you.'

Then the Spirit came upon Amasai, the leader of the Thirty, and he said,

'We are yours, David!
We are on your side, son of Jesse.
Peace and prosperity be with you,
and success to all who help you,
for your God is the one who helps you.'

So David let them join him, and he made them officers over his troops."


David could not know the true motives of the men when they approached him, so he trusted God and acknowledged his faith to them right away. Amasai spoke for the other men and also acknowledged their faith in David's God. We, too, should not be afraid to acknowledge the part our faith has in what we do. And if we want to work closely with others on an important project, we may need to know their character and whether they share a living faith in God.