God Understands Our Struggles
“O Lord, oppose those who oppose me. Fight those who fight against me. Put on your armor, and take up your shield. Prepare for battle, and come to my aid. Lift up your spear and javelin against those who pursue me. Let me hear you say, “I will give you victory!” Bring shame and disgrace on those trying to kill me; turn them back and humiliate those who want to harm me. Blow them away like chaff in the wind— a wind sent by the angel of the Lord. Make their path dark and slippery, with the angel of the Lord pursuing them. I did them no wrong, but they laid a trap for me. I did them no wrong, but they dug a pit to catch me. So let sudden ruin come upon them! Let them be caught in the trap they set for me! Let them be destroyed in the pit they dug for me. Then I will rejoice in the Lord. I will be glad because he rescues me. With every bone in my body I will praise him: “ Lord, who can compare with you? Who else rescues the helpless from the strong? Who else protects the helpless and poor from those who rob them?”” Psalms 35:1-10 NLT
Do you ever feel like praying this way? This Psalm is written by David and is called an imprecatory Psalm. Imprecatory means to invoke judgment, calamity, or a curse upon ones enemies or those opposed to God.
Have you ever been so distressed by the assaults of others or looked around you at the state of our culture and felt like praying a prayer like David? I have! Often, I get disgusted with the wicked actions of others. Just the other day, I got extremely disgruntled in spirit about some things that are going on in our nation. Frankly, it seems like many have lost their minds. Wickedness floods our streets like running sewer. The stench is utterly nauseating. I can't believe how anyone wants to kill an innocent child, through any form of abortion, at any stage of pregnancy! These same people want to consider executing a baby after it has been born alive as well. This is insanity in its most manifest form. This kind of thinking and behavior gets my blood boiling. I find myself getting extremely angry about this kind of wickedness. My heart sinks and sighs in deep sorrow as I ponder the plight of our nation. The daily news, television programs, and social media are filled with negative propaganda that is intent on bending the minds of those who will listen. Is there anyone who is disturbed by it? I believe there are some. Maybe you are one of those who feels the oppression of the wickedness around us. Perhaps you are being vexed by the state of affairs in our culture as well. Wickedness should move us to a place of prayer. Today, the United States Senate will be voting on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. This bill, if passed, will criminalize anyone who does not get a child, who is born alive during an abortion procedure, the proper medical care to sustain the child's life and aid its survival. Contact your Senators office today to tell them to vote for this legislation. This is a pro-life piece of legislation that needs all the support it can get. In my area, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis is voting for it. Hallelujah! I know this because I have contacted his office and I have received an e-mail from his office about the matter. Only in God can we find the strength to bear up under the weight of darkness that tries to veil our lives. Sometimes we need to honestly vomit up our frustrations and rid ourselves of the venom that eats away at our spiritual nervous system. God understands our struggles and He is able to hear our cries for mercy. Just like David, God will not forsake the righteous. In fact, He will come to our rescue and give us everything we need to sustain us. Let us praise our Lord in the midst of the battle. The ultimate victory has already been won. We aren't fighting for victory, we are fighting with victory!!!
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Rev. Curtis Norris