this is a tough little one – david whining about his enemies some more and calling on God for some ensmitement… i don’t think i have ever gotten that hectic so i can’t really relate but possibly the strongest i have gotten in enemy prayer is ‘please God, make them go away’- i don’t know, maybe not even that. i don’t tend to hold on to enemy definition. sure, there have been some prime candidates in my life – people who told me my passion for God was a phase i was going through and when i grew all up [like he clearly had] it would go away and i would be normal [and boring, complacent, passionless] like he was… people who publically accused me of things or rejected me from leadership or seemed to take me on as a personal mission on facebook or my blog because i didn’t like some group they wanted to join or made some statement they misinterpreted or something… but i guess i just never saw the benefit in having enemies and for the most part tried to pursue peace with those people and even when they were not interested kept on trying to send love and encouragement and always hope that the relationships could be restored… i am okay with people not liking me, but at the same time i do like people to like me so i don’t think it’s a need i have [everyone MUST LIKE BRETT!!!] but it is a like i have [everyone in the world holding hands doing the worlds biggest ‘ring a ring of roses’ together trying hard to forget that the original song emerged from the black plague or something…
my point being this is a difficult psalm to find much to relate to so i think i will just focus on the first verse which says, ‘Blessed are those who have regard for the weak; the Lord delivers them in times of trouble. The Lord protects and preserves them — they are counted among the blessed in the land — He does not give them over to the desire of their foes. The Lord sustains them on their sickbed and restores them from their bed of illness.’ [first 3 verses actually!]
i don’t know that i agree with all David’s prosperity doctrine type sentiments in terms of getting to be sick-free if you are nice to the weak but i really think that ‘Blessed are those who have regard for the weak’ is an anthem that God is completely behind as demonstrated by how Jesus lived and what He spoke when He was here.
it is Matthew 25 sheep and goats stuff and the question to ponder as i read this psalm is what is the name of the person [or group] who might be viewed as weak in this world, that i am having regard for? if i can’t name a person or group, what decision am i going to make today that will get me one step closer to being able to?