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Live in Your Presence

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November 13, 2022

Psalm 140:13 ” Surely righteous people are praising your name; the godly will live in your presence.”

David faced an enemy that wasn’t like our personal enemies we think of today.  There may be some people who don’t like you, or avoid you whenever they can. But David had Saul hunting and trying to kill him every chance he could and it wasn’t even David’s fault.  Common decency and common sense were definitely descriptions you’d give to Saul.  He didn’t even seem to have any moral or social standards.

That doesn’t mean there aren’t bad people out there, we all know there are. There have been decades of efforts to removed God’s commandments from our every day lives and some seem to  get great joy from causing pain to others. 

Psalm 140 starts out talking about the evil man and asking God to save him from him. He was asking God to keep him from the hands of the wicked.  Then in verses 12 and 13, David remained confident that God would defend His afflicted people, meaning he would provide justice for those that suffer from the words and works of wicked men.  Then it ends with the confidence that even though he may be assaulted by wicked men, David put his trust in the Lord and praised His name.  He believed that in the end, the righteous would be thankful and the upright would dwell in His presence, which is the best reward of all. 

What can we learn from this to help us be victorious in our personal struggles?

Praise God. Be in a constant state of thanksgiving to God for everything He has done for you.  You won’t be able to think of your own weaknesses when you consider the strength of Your God. 

Abide in God.  Never leave His presence.  When you invite Jesus into your life, you need to let Him take entire control over your life.  

Let God carry you through all your struggles and pain. He’s strong enough to carry all of us!

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