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Monday, August 12, 2013

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This psalm is written to be read with the pipes. It is a lament to the Lord, that He hear and answer David’s prayer. David is certain that he is among the righteous, and his enemies (whom he refers to as the wicked) are among those who are hated by God. No doubt David has forgotten all the times that he sinned and displeased God.

“The arrogant cannot stand in Your presence,” “You hate all who do wrong; You destroy those who tell lies; the bloodthirsty and deceitful You, Lord, detest. But I, by your great love, can come into Your house.” By listing the things the Lord detests and reviewing the demise of the wicked, the Psalmist is almost trying to convince himself of his good standing before God.

This psalm appears to be a prayer for David’s enemies, but instead it’s as if David is admonishing his enemies in his prayer, so they will know how detestable they are to God (and indirectly to him).

How often in our prayers do we pray to God about the behaviors we want changed in others who are hopefully listening?  Or, do we ever give God suggestions on ways He could answer our prayers?

Today, let us come before God, with our own shortcomings, and see ourselves as God see us—sinners in need of a Savior.

 

Jackie O Smith
Communications Manager
General Conference Ministerial