Morning devotion: Read Psalm 69

Psalms 69:1  ¶<<To the chief Musician upon Shoshannim, A Psalm of David.>> Save me, O God; for the waters are come in unto my soul. 2  I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me. 3  I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: mine eyes fail while I wait for my God. 4  They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head: they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I restored that which I took not away.

Remembering that this is the word of God written by the hand David as he was moved by the Holy Ghost, we see both him and Jesus depicted. This Psalm is a beautiful word picture of how our Lord was rejected of men without a cause. Jesus lived a pure and sinless life one that exuded the will of God to the enth degree. He fulfilled the volume of the book, the will of God, in every detail. In other words, He and David lived for the Lord to the point where others hated them for their pure walk. That reality is still here in 2020.

Jesus said: John 15:23  He that hateth me hateth my Father also. 24  If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father. 25  But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.

Often times, fervently living for Jesus brings enemies simply for the righteous living on the part of the Christian. Do not fail, do not quit. David did not quit and Jesus did not quit. Yet, there was an anguish attached to their living righteously because the world did not understand and they did not care for it. I call it mediocrity protecting mediocrity. Those who are lost, even religiously lost, and live in sin reject, those who live for the Lord and attempt to destroy, whether by word or deed, the testimony of the righteous bringing them to mediocrity.

1 Peter 4:4  ¶Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you: 5  Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead. 6  For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.

Fret not my friend, stay faithful. Psalms 37:1  ¶<<A Psalm of David.>> Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.

Fret not my friend, stay faithful for your reward is nigh. Galatians 6:9  And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

Verse 4 ends with a very interesting phrase: “then I restored that which I took not away.” Even though others may lose joy at your faithfulness, continue to love them in hopes of restoring their joy which you yourself did not take away.

Luke 6:35  But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook