Tuesday, August 10, 2010

I woke up!

Psalm 7

   O LORD my God, in Thee do I put my trust. Save me from all them that persecute me; and deliver me,
 2lest they tear my soul like a lion, rending it in pieces while there is none to deliver.   
 3O LORD my God, if I have done this, if there be iniquity on my hands,   
 4if I have rewarded evil unto him that was at peace with me (yea, I have delivered him that without cause is mine enemy),   
 5let the enemy persecute my soul and take it; yea, let him tread down my life upon the earth, and lay mine honor in the dust. Selah   
 6Arise, O LORD, in Thine anger; lift up Thyself against the rage of mine enemies, and awaken for me the judgment that Thou has commanded.   
 7So shall the congregation of the people compass Thee about; for their sakes, therefore, return Thou on high.
 8The LORD shall judge the people: Judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness and according to mine integrity that is in me.   
 9O let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end, but establish the just; for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins.   
 10My defense is of God, who saveth the upright in heart.   
 11God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.   
 12If he turn not, He will whet His sword; He hath bent His bow and made it ready.   
 13He hath also prepared for Him the instruments of death; He ordaineth His arrows against the persecutors.
 14Behold, the wicked travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief and brought forth falsehood.   
 15He made a pit and dug it, and has fallen into the ditch which he hath made.   
 16His mischief shall return upon his own head; and his violent dealings shall come down upon his own pate.
 17I will praise the LORD according to His righteousness, and will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High.   

 Have you noticed that most Psalms start with praise to God and end with Praise to God?  No matter what is said in the middle, they start and end with praises.  Maybe starting your day and ending your day with a praise to God will give you a different attitude.  They say that if you are going to reprimand someone, there should be more positives than negatives.  I am probably the worst at that.  I try to make things positive, but always it comes out wrong and makes people upset.
This Psalms talks about the wicked and how God is going to judge them and what he will do to them.  The writer admits something he has done and I think is trying to come to terms with his sin.  He wants to distinguish himself as not one of the wicked, though.  He wants to be on the side of righteousness (verses 9 & 10).
No matter what will happen, the writer praises God and sings to him.  In your darkest hours, do you praise God?  Do you start with a praise to him on your lips?  I'm reading a story about these people who go out to the homeless in Fort Worth, TX.  The came across this one person who, every time they see him is always smiling.  He was asked why he smiled so much and his answer was that he woke up that morning.  How I take for granted just waking up!  If a homeless man can be happy about that, what much more should I be joyful about?

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