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Rise up, LORD, Confront them, Bring them Down! - Psalm 17

Rise up, LORD, Confront them, Bring them Down!
 
Scripture: Psalm 17

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Greetings!

BlogFam, I have shared this with you on more than one occasional posting.  I am a huge fan of the Book of Psalms!  I promise you this.  If you need a book in the Bible that helps you put into words what you want to pray or praise, I believe you will find it in one of the 150 divisions of the Book of Psalms.  I have often searched this book due to a variety of situations in which I have found myself. And I know, we are striving to be peaceful, poised, progressive men and women of God but there are moments when I do not want to lay my religion all the way down so when I need a good, feisty word to pray in the heat of battle, I turn to a Psalm.  Let us look at the word for today.

Today’s Psalm is a Psalm of David and this blog post is definitely, specifically for those who may have some righteous indignation building up within and yet you still want to keep it holy.  Here is a Psalm, just for you.
Psalm 17
 
Hear me, LORD, my plea is just;
   listen to my cry.
Hear my prayer—
   it does not rise from deceitful lips.
Let my vindication come from you;
   may your eyes see what is right.

 
Though you probe my heart,
   though you examine me at night and test me,
you will find that I have planned no evil;
   my mouth has not transgressed.
Though people tried to bribe me,
   I have kept myself from the ways of the violent
   through what your lips have commanded.
My steps have held to your paths;
   my feet have not stumbled.

 
I call on you, my God, for you will answer me;
   turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.
Show me the wonders of your great love,
   you who save by your right hand
   those who take refuge in you from their foes.
Keep me as the apple of your eye;
   hide me in the shadow of your wings
from the wicked who are out to destroy me,
   from my mortal enemies who surround me.

 
They close up their callous hearts,
   and their mouths speak with arrogance.
They have tracked me down, they now surround me,
   with eyes alert, to throw me to the ground.
They are like a lion hungry for prey,
   like a fierce lion crouching in cover.

 
Rise up, LORD, confront them, bring them down;
   with your sword rescue me from the wicked.
By your hand save me from such people, LORD,
   from those of this world whose reward is in this life.
May what you have stored up for the wicked fill their bellies;
   may their children gorge themselves on it,
   and may there be leftovers for their little ones.

  As for me, I will be vindicated and will see your face;
   when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.

Now, you all know, I try to minimize the number of verses I share in each post, but today, I had to share this Psalm in its entirety with you.  You need to know that even the man after God’s own heart prayed a feisty prayer.

Rise up, LORD, confront them, bring them down;

YES! YES! Now, I do not know about you, but there are haters whom I have had to confront, ignore, and endure.  And let me just keep it real.  I do not always want to pray sweet prayers asking the Lord to extend grace and mercy to those who try to kill my dreams, deny my gifts, extinguish my joy, tarnish my testimony, or humiliate me in my presence.  Is there anybody who feels me on today?  I just want to know if there is at least one of you will admit that when the going gets tough and it is clearly not your fault, because sometimes, it is, but when it clearly is a vicious attack of the enemy, I need a good word from on high to vindicate my cause!

Rise up, LORD, confront them, bring them down;

BlogFam, I have never met a Christian who did not have at least one person in their life – past or present – whom they wanted to lift up to the altar of God’s wrath.  I know this might sound cruel and not so kind, but this is the Word of the Lord and I say, THANKS BE TO GOD!  I am glad that there are passages of Scriptures such as Psalm 17 for me to pray in tough times.  I am glad that there are passages of Scriptures like Psalm 17 supporting my cause when the enemy is attacking me in person, in principalities, or in powers.  I am glad that there are passages of Scriptures like Psalm 17 for me to pray when I want to say how I really feel and how I really feel is frustrated, aggravated, or just outright upset that the enemy would seek to steal, kill, or destroy me for no good reason!  Friends, I do not know about you but I need a good scripture like Psalm 17 bookmarked in my life.

Now, before we get too excited for the wrong reasons, I also want to point out that we must strike a balance.  I appreciate the passionate pleas of this psalm; however, I also acknowledge that the psalmist uses his own reputation as collateral to support his case. 

Though you probe my heart,
   though you examine me at night and test me,
you will find that I have planned no evil;
   my mouth has not transgressed.
Though people tried to bribe me,
   I have kept myself from the ways of the violent
   through what your lips have commanded.
My steps have held to your paths;
   my feet have not stumbled.
 
So before you run to the altar with you request, I must ask you about the reputation of your witness.  This is what the psalmist says to set up his passionate plea.  He says, Lord, look at my life – You will find no evil planned, I speak wholesome words, I walk the straight and narrow path and I have not stumbled or strayed from that.  I know.  I know.  Bummer, right?  My Friends, our lives must be in order.  We cannot go around asking the Lord to bring our enemies down if our lifestyles mirror the motives, means, and methods of the enemy.  We must check ourselves so that the rising of the Lord up to deliver us from evil is not also a rising of the Lord to expose our own dirty hands.

My sistas and brothas, based on this Psalm, David establishes his reputation with God and then he expresses his expectations to hear a response from God.

I call on you, my God, for you will answer me;
   turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.
Show me the wonders of your great love,
   you who save by your right hand
   those who take refuge in you from their foes.
Keep me as the apple of your eye;
   hide me in the shadow of your wings
from the wicked who are out to destroy me,
   from my mortal enemies who surround me.

David is confident the Lord our God will hear his case and relieve his stress.  And while he definitely seeks the refuge of the Lord, he knows that his prayer request is asking God to reinforce what God has already done in His life.  David has already been the apple of God’s eye and he needs the reassurance that our God will keep it that way.  This is one of the wonders of God’s great love - that our God will target David, and us, with God’s loving salvation and protection in times of peace and in times of chaos.

David establishes his reputation with God and then he expresses his expectations to hear a response from God. Now David exposes the way his enemies actions do not reflect the righteousness of God.
 
They close up their callous hearts,
   and their mouths speak with arrogance.
They have tracked me down, they now surround me,
   with eyes alert, to throw me to the ground.
They are like a lion hungry for prey,
   like a fierce lion crouching in cover.

And after all of this, he then says  -

Rise up, LORD, confront them, bring them down;
   with your sword rescue me from the wicked.
By your hand save me from such people, LORD,
   from those of this world whose reward is in this life.
May what you have stored up for the wicked fill their bellies;
   may their children gorge themselves on it,
   and may there be leftovers for their little ones.

My Friends, I am so glad that this Psalm is included in what we have come to accept as holy.  I truly am. And I am sure that many of you all are as well.  We all need holy words to say what we need to say when the enemy is in attack mode in our lives.  Psalm 17 is one of those Psalms that helps us to keep a godly perspective and to use righteous language in such times.  And in the end, when we handle our business God’s way, we experience the rewarding feeling of vindication by our God.

As for me, I will be vindicated and will see your face;
   when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.

BlogFam, in the end, you will be satisfied with what the Lord has done.   When you awake, when this nightmare comes to an end, when tomorrow comes, when your enemy finally is kept at bay, you will see God.  This is truly what this prayer is about.  Yes, David is taking his issue with his enemy to the Almighty God, but in the end, the victory is not that his enemies are actually brought down but that his perspective is brought up! The victory is that, in the end, David sees God.  In the end, David’s perspective is raised above the petty manipulations of his enemies. In the end, David does not gloat in the destruction of his enemies but he does awaken to the transformation of his soul into the likeness of our God.  In the end, you will see the face of God because the hand of God has moved on your behalf, honoring your request.  In the end, as valid as my prayer against my enemies tactics to steal, kill, and destroy me may be, the greatest validation is that when this is all over – and even as I may walk through, I see the face of God and I am satisfied with God’s likeness.

Thanks be to God!

God Loves You and I do too!
Delesslyn
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