These days we will hear the phrase “the struggle is real”; throughout history this has been true. This Psalm shows us the struggle for David. He doesn’t name his enemies but describes their impact. His enemies pursue him, they darken his world, their influence cause him to despair and they seem to be a constant voice in his life. David unpacks what he does in the face of his enemies. Above all, David submits himself to God with his situation. Specifically, David recalls what God has done in the world and in his own life. He recognizes his need for God’s strength where his own is lacking. David begins his day listening for God to speak of his love for him and asks for God’s direction. Lastly, David is willing to be taught by God, knowing His ways are better than his own. David also acknowledges what only God can do. God will listen, He knows our failings and yet does not condemn us. God is not coy; He does not hide when things are tough. Instead, He speaks and is fully trustworthy. David declares God is the true God and will lead us exactly where He wants to take us. Ultimately, God is more powerful than any enemy we will ever face.
Aside from the obvious Enemy of our Souls, some enemies we face may have names like Addiction, Unforgiveness, Jealousy, Anger or Selfishness. Can David’s transparency in struggling with his enemies speak into your encounters?
- Pray for Pastor Lyle, his family and ministry.
- Pray for Eric Peters, Facility Manager; Custodians, Adit Gamble, Stan Goodnough and Anne King; Maintenance, Joe Richards.
- Pray for our Church Board members: Barbara Whidden, Bee Stiansen, Cam Klapstein, Darryl Sparling, Gerhard Hiob, Julie Leverette, Matt Barker, Matt Chute, Mike Pedde, Nick Mitchell, Seth Jansen, and Tyler Elmgren.