Mid Afternoon Meditation 8-24-20

Psalm 143


Lord, hear my prayer,
    listen to my cry for mercy;
in your faithfulness and righteousness
    come to my relief.
Do not bring your servant into judgment,
    for no one living is righteous before you.
The enemy pursues me,
    he crushes me to the ground;
he makes me dwell in the darkness
    like those long dead.
So my spirit grows faint within me;
    my heart within me is dismayed.
I remember the days of long ago;
    I meditate on all your works
    and consider what your hands have done.
I spread out my hands to you;
    I thirst for you like a parched land.[a]

Answer me quickly, Lord;
    my spirit fails.
Do not hide your face from me
    or I will be like those who go down to the pit.
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
    for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
    for to you I entrust my life.
Rescue me from my enemies, Lord,
    for I hide myself in you.
10 Teach me to do your will,
    for you are my God;
may your good Spirit
    lead me on level ground.

11 For your name’s sake, Lord, preserve my life;
    in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble.
12 In your unfailing love, silence my enemies;
    destroy all my foes,
    for I am your servant.

What will the silencing of the enemies look like on the Earth?

9 thoughts on “Mid Afternoon Meditation 8-24-20

      • I’m not a saint, Bro–in truth, my heart is a bitter stone, so perhaps you might pray for me. I don’t even have compassion for myself, let alone all the people who can’t at least accept Jesus as Savior and ask Him to help them find the better Way. Today is a serious “come to Jesus” confession for me, as I fall deeper into depression and puzzlement that I’ve made so little progress–thinking I’ve got the whole “encouragement” thing goin’ on for others, while concealed in my own muck. Blessings on your day.

      • Dear Sister I am praying for you. I believe you are farther along than you think. Jesus has already exchanged your heart of stone for a heart of flesh….as with all of us it just takes a while for what has already happened in the spiritual realm to catch up with what is happening in the earthly realm. Don’t despair hang on to your most holy faith. It shall all be well and so it is well.

      • I cannot thank you enough for this word, which I’m believing is truly from our Lord…an hour ago, as I was making my confession during “Bible-prayerful communication-time”, I said to HIM, “it’s pathetic and despicable that I can’t even feel sad about this awful hardhearted position I’m in”…but reading your words, I’m in tears of brokenness–which is good, I imagine. Thank you, thank you, thank you–for not judging me, and for shining light on my stony path. “It shall all be well and so it is well”–words of balm. Sometimes I think I look in all the wrong Bible passages, finding condemnation everywhere–but a point in my favor is that, these days, I keep searching, seeking Him with all my mind and spirit…and eventually I went to the 4 gospels today, reading where the Lord healed, delivered–and forgave freely.
        This led me back to your post, and courage to share my stressful state. Surely God is faithful to draw us along, ever toward His completed work in us. If no one’s mentioned lately, you are one fine pastor!! 🙂 ❤

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