|Psalms 56 |
1 Be merciful to me, O God, for man would swallow me up; the adversary fights me all day long.
2 My enemies would swallow me up daily. For there are many who fight against me, O most High.1
3 When I am afraid, I will trust in you.
4 In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do to me.
5 All day they twist my words; all their thoughts are against me for evil.
6 They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, they watch my steps, when they wait for my soul.2
7 Shall they escape by wickedness? In your anger cast down the peoples, O God.
8 You record my wanderings; put my tears into your bottle — are they not in your book?
9 When I cry to you, then my enemies will turn back; this I know, because God is for me.
10 In God I will praise his word, in the LORD I will praise his word.
11 In God I have put my trust; I will not be afraid of what man can do to me.
12 Your vows are binding on me, O God; I will render praises to you.
13 For you have delivered my soul from death and my feet from falling, so that I may walk before God in the light of life. [Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, "I am the light of the world [every man]. He who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the Light of Life." John 8:12]
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1 the adversary fights me all day long. My enemies would swallow me up daily. For there are many who fight against me. Clearly, David is speaking of the demons who God permits to afflict with tribulation his sons, to discipline them and scourge them, before he accepts them as sons, Heb 12:6. Their appears to be a host of them surrounding a man. They fight night and day, without ceasing. Their weapons are insults, profanity, immoral visions, painful darts, reading your mind, condemning your thoughts, and supernatural signs to make you think they are God, etc. The pain is annoying, but bearable; you can even continue to function in life with these attacks.
As you seek to listen and obey God, when he deems you ready, you enter tribulation. This is part of the cross, to destroy the sinful nature within you through suffering. This produces patience, forgiveness, faith, long-suffering, trust, humility, and even hope; for even pain can be reassuring of his love:
"Yes, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me."
This is the Ministry of Condemnation that destroys the carnal mind, which is enmity with God for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. Rom 8:7
Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in the flesh is finished with sin. As a result, he does not live the rest of his earthly life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. 1 Pet 4:1-2. Tribulation is not a hard day at the office, a car wreck, or some natural difficulty; it is unmistakably, supernaturally imposed.]
Do not think it strange the fiery trial you are undergoing, but rejoice that you are participating in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.1 Peter 4:12-13.
Paul: Establishing and strengthening the souls and the hearts of the disciples, urging and warning and encouraging them to stand firm in the faith, and [telling them] that it is through many hardships and tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God. Acts 14:22.
I beseech you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service and worship. Rom 12:1.
2 All day they twist my words; all their thoughts are against me for evil. They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, they watch my steps, when they wait for my soul. 'Wherever the dead body is, there the vultures will be gathered together.' Luke 17:37. It is only when a person is besieged by a supernatural enemy, sent by God, which he is helpless to fight against, that the person discovers how he is so easily resentful, angry, impatient, doubtful [loss of faith], and profane. Under the pressure of the adversaries, a man discovers what a low, selfish, angry beast he really is. It is a necessary humbling process. It is a necessary suffering. A man must see over a significant period of time how low he is, how selfish he is, how profane he is, how evil he is — and he must learn this so that he never forgets it. A man must be humbled, and it is impossible for a man to voluntarily humble himself; any such voluntary attempts to humble one's self only increases a man's pride. Only the hand of God can truly humble a man. His only hope has to rest in God's mercy; there can be no other escape. His only objective must become to be rid of his selfish, cursing, profane, hating, resentful self; so when it is finally taken away, he hates evil so much, that he would never even consider drifting back into selfish behaviors again. A man must be broken by God: The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart—these, O God, You will not despise; Psalm 51:17; and then he accepts him: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor [in Spirit]; he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted [who mourn due to their slavery to sin], to preach release to the captives [of sin], and recovery of sight to the [spiritually] blind, to deliver [free] those who are oppressed [in slavery to sin]; Luke 4:18, Isa 61:1.
After passing the Lord's tests, to see if a man will return to sin, it is taken away; then the Lord in his mercy cleanses a man and rewards a man with the seal of the Holy Spirit, the down payment of the final reward to come, a measure of the Holy Spirit.
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