Faces of the Enemy

Meditating on Psalm 140.

Deliver me, O Lord, from evil men;
Preserve me from violent men,
2 Who plan evil things in their hearts;

Keep me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked;
Preserve me from violent men,
Who have purposed to make my steps stumble. (vv. 1,2,4)

Often in the Psalms, we read David’s cries for deliverance from his enemies. Being king and warrior, he had accumulated enemies, including one who came from his own loins. We read how he fled from them, how he pleaded God to subdue them for him, and punish them. He’s greatly distressed by them.

We may not be kings and warriors in this present age like David had been, but we never run out of enemies ourselves, including and most of all, our own selves. We did become warriors for the Gospel and God’s kingdom. And I believe that’s equally challenging. The enemy of God comes in many different guises to try to tempt us and make our lives miserable. He could be a neighbor, co-worker, or classmate who spreads lies and nasty rumours about us; a disease that makes us suffer; an affair that shatters a marriage and family. (A dear friend of my daughter had to face the “enemy”, being introduced to the woman and baby half-sister who wrenched her dad away from them. She said it was indescribably painful to the point of you just want to become numb. For a 13-year old to face her enemy like that… It’s beyond words).

I believe the hardest enemy to conquer is oneself. When we wrestle against unforgiveness, envy, bitterness, pride, lusts, disappointment, loss of hope. There are countless ways the enemy of our soul can attack us. That’s why like David, we are to watch unto prayer. He trusted in God in every difficult situation. He made God his strength, defense, a mighty fortress. All through his travails, he bathed his cause with zealous prayers ad supplications. We do have an enemy and he comes in tricky guises. The Lord knew this that’s why He warned the disciples:

“Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Mat. 26:41)

The Lord in His faithfulness will deliver us from the works of the enemy in our lives. What we need to do is pray unceasingly and with tears that He will crush our enemies: annihilate our diseases, heal our bleeding hearts, lift us up. Let Him take up our cause, fight our battles, defend and hedge us all around. He can and will do all that for us and more.

I know that the Lord will maintain
The cause of the afflicted,
And justice for the poor.
13 Surely the righteous shall give thanks to Your name;
The upright shall dwell in Your presence. (vv. 12,13)

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Comments

  1. elizabeth jose says:

    beautiful words of blessing sister

    thanks

  2. Aliyah says:

    Shalom Rina
    I am visiting from the Essential Fridays link up. I praise Messiah tonight for this post, I have been struggling today with such hopelessness and despair. Reading this post has been encouragement to me. Thank you and many blessings. Aliyah setapartwarrior.blogspot.com

  3. Joanie Qualls says:

    Thank you again, dear sister Rina.
    Hugs and blessings,
    In Christ ,
    Joanie Qualls

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