1 O Lord my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me:
2 Lest he tear my soul like a lion, rending it in pieces, while there is none to deliver.
3 O Lord my God, If I have done this; if there be iniquity in my hands;
4 If I have rewarded evil unto him that was at peace with me; (yea, I have delivered him that without cause is mine enemy:)
5 Let the enemy persecute my soul, and take it; yea, let him tread down my life upon the earth, and lay mine honour in the dust. Selah.
6 Arise, O Lord, in thine anger, lift up thyself because of the rage of mine enemies: and awake for me to the judgment that thou hast commanded.
7 So shall the congregation of the people compass thee about: for their sakes therefore return thou on high.
8 The Lord shall judge the people: judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity that is in me.
9 Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins.
10 My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart.
11 God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.
12 If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready.
13 He hath also prepared for him the instruments of death; he ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors.
14 Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood.
15 He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made.
16 His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate.
17 I will praise the Lord according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the Lord most high.
In this Psalm, I feel an interesting point to think on is verse 4. David is diligent, in that while asking to be defended, he wants to insure he has done nothing to wrong or offend his enemy. Thatís a life lesson. We should always examine ourselves and see if we may have turned a blind eye to something we may have said or done to cause someone to become our enemy, or be angry with us. It is our job as a child of God to make sure we ask that person for forgiveness for things we may have done, as well as to forgive our enemies for things they may have done. As a last point, take a close look at verse 9. We see that it is God that tries, tests, and knows everyoneís hearts whether they be righteous or wicked. So even when we wonder why someone else seems to have things so good, we donít ever really know what they are going through emotionally or spiritually.. That being the case let us remember that those who seem to prosper in wickedness will have an end to those things, in Godís time. Our job is not to worry about what they have, but what they donít haveÖ Jesus Christ.
9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
10 I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.
But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.
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