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  • Psalm Eighteen- verses 1-19

    I love God, He is my strength,
    He is my rock, He is my fortress and my savior.
    He is my armor, my protector, my great tower.
    I have called out to God, and He has saved me from my enemies.

    I faced death, and all around me my enemy was ready to kill me.
    I was about to enter Sheol, where there is only death and darkness.
    But in my fear, I called out to God, and He heard me.
    He made the earth tremble with his anger at my enemies.
    He caused smoke and fire and coals to fall on my enemies.

    Then He bent the heavens down and came to my aid.
    He surrounded Himself with great clouds of darkness,
    and within them the angels bore him on their backs.
    He was hidden from the enemy within a veil of darkness.

    He caused great thunderstorms to gather over them,
    He rained hail and coals of fire upon the enemy.
    He buffeted them with arrows and lightning,
    He made them afraid.

    He also caused great waters to encompass them
    Waters from the sky, waters from the earth,
    and followed them with horrible winds
    and great storms.

    But He also set me in a safe and dry place,
    He knew I was not strong enough,
    so He fought in my place and destroyed my enemies.
    They tried to defeat me, but God is my victory...

    Every one of the Psalms was sent to the Chief Musician to be played and sung aloud to the people of Israel. [side note: bar bands and orchestras - and you thought your job was tough]

    This particular Psalm is so long, its going to take two days to get through it.

    Saul, a pretender to the throne, and others who wanted David's power and wealth, were gathered at the borders. They were ready to swarm into the kingdom and ravage everything. David's army was outnumbered and out gunned. The people were cowering, ready for the worst, and even David was ready to accept the destruction of his nation.

    Suddenly the earth shook and the ground opened up under the enemy. Volcanoes erupted, great storms arose, torrential rains and hurricane force winds buffeted the enemy camp and decimated their troops. It seemed the earth itself had turned against the invaders and would be usurpers.

    But in David's kingdom? Nothing. Sunshine and cool air and plenty. The people came out of their homes and went about their business. David started rejoicing when he realized God was fighting for him. And the people joined in and began to rejoice as well.

    Its a funny thing, but when you trust in God, things have a way of working out. In yesterday's psalm, David didn't ask for God to devastate the enemy, but to judge him. David saw the trouble that was coming, and instead of asking God to step in, he asked for God to correct his life. David praised God for His righteousness and humbled himself before God.

    I'm pretty sure this is the origins of the modern saying, "Let Go and Let God!"

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