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Daily Devotional - July 17th

Jul 17, 2017 - Jul 17, 2017 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Daily Read - 1 Chronicles 24:1-26:11; Romans 4:1-12; Psalm 13:1-6; Proverbs 19:15-16
 
Psalm 13
 1How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever?
How long will You hide Your face from me?
2 How long shall I take counsel in my soul,
 Having sorrow in my heart daily?
How long will my enemy be exalted over me?
3 Consider and hear me, O Lord my God;
Enlighten my eyes,
Lest I sleep the sleep of death;
4 Lest my enemy say, "I have prevailed against him"; Lest those who trouble me rejoice when I am moved. 5 But I have trusted in Your mercy;
My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.
6 I will sing to the Lord,
Because He has dealt bountifully with me.
 
It is quite amazing to watch our soul in action. One minute it freaks out and the next minute it brings praise to God. Oh, how the patience and mercy of God extends to His children. It truly transcends the logic and reason of our minds.
 
The soul is a very complex part of our triune being. It can be an obnoxious troublemaker leading us into places of hardship and heartache, or it can bring us into places of victory and triumph depending on to whom it submits. When it does what it wants to do without any thought to the will of God, trouble waits to pounce on us around every turn; however, if submitted to the Lordship of Christ, it can be one of our greatest assets.
 
Psalms 13 does a marvelous job exposing the idiosyncrasies around the soul. The phrase "drama queen" doesn't even come close to describing the extreme measures the soul will travel to express itself.  For example, in verse three the psalmist says, "Consider and hear me, Oh Lord My God; Enlighten my eyes, Lest I sleep the sleep of death. Wow, King David who had seen God perform mighty miracles on his behalf experienced a major melt down. He allowed his emotions to run amuck creating scenarios of ruin and death in his mind.
 
David wrote Psalm 13 while hiding in a cave during the time King Saul was in hot pursuit to kill him. Obviously, David had grown tired and weary in this battle and opened the door for fear to grip his heart. David knew the faithfulness of His God, but allowed the enemy to wreak havoc in his soul robbing him of peace and sleep.
 
Fortunately, however, he quickly snapped out of his emotional temper tantrum by declaring God's salvation in verses five and six. Of course, victory followed and He was crowned the King of Israel.
 
Are you hiding in a cave of fear today? Does the enemy have you on the run where you constantly look over your shoulder expecting the next disaster to find you?  If you answered yes, it is time to rise up and tell your soul to submit to Christ and to the spirit man who resides within. Do not allow your mind, will, and emotions to lead you into hiding places of fear, but command fear to leave in the name of Jesus and allow the peace of God to be your new guide.
 
The Spirit of God will make you lie down in green pastures and will lead you beside the still waters. He calls all who are weary and heavy laden to come to Him so He can give rest to the soul.
 
Do not waste one more moment in fear and torment, but run into His embrace and allow Him to carry you into peace.