Morning devotion: Read Psalm 108

Psalms 108:5  Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: and thy glory above all the earth; 6  ¶That thy beloved may be delivered: save with thy right hand, and answer me. 7  God hath spoken in his holiness; I will rejoice, I will divide Shechem, and mete out the valley of Succoth. 8  Gilead is mine; Manasseh is mine; Ephraim also is the strength of mine head; Judah is my lawgiver; 9  Moab is my washpot; over Edom will I cast out my shoe; over Philistia will I triumph. 10  Who will bring me into the strong city? who will lead me into Edom? 11  Wilt not thou, O God, who hast cast us off? and wilt not thou, O God, go forth with our hosts? 12  Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man. 13  Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies.

This Psalm is a well-rounded prayer put to song. He praises God and tells the LORD his heart is fixed, unchangeable. He exalts God even above the heavens.

Then he prays for deliverance of his beloved, which in this case is Israel. It is good to pray for those you love. Pray for their salvation first. Pray for deliverance from the enemy. We have many different enemies, the devil, sin, self and outside influences that may affect our very lives.

Pray that God would fix the things close to you. Shechem was home and Succoth was on the other side of the Jordan rover. Several tribes of Israel settled there prior to going into the promised land.

Pray thanking the LORD for those things which matter in your life. Manasseh and Ephraim were the children of Joseph. They were the joy and strength            in David’s kingdom.

And, thank the LORD for Judah the law giver. The Lord Jesus Christ, came from the tribe of Judah. He is the lion of the tribe of Judah. He is our lawgiver.

It is the LORD who gives us His word, without which we would not know Him.

Praise the LORD for salvation in that law giver, Jesus. If you are saved, you have much to rejoice over and much thank God for.

Psalms 108:9  Moab is my washpot; over Edom will I cast out my shoe; over Philistia will I triumph. 10  Who will bring me into the strong city? who will lead me into Edom?

Moab, Edom and Philistia were enemies of Israel. Moab (the Moabites) is to be like a washpot turned upside down. In O.T. times, (even today in the middle east) when one threw a shoe at someone, it meant disgrace. Edom (the Edomites) would be disgraced and Philistia or the land of the Philistines would be defeated.

God is in the business of defeating our enemies. He will defeat our foes and, in the end, we will be safe from all harm.  

Talking about Edom God says: Obadiah 1:3  The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground?

God does destroy Edom and Petra (where Edom lived) becomes the place where Israel will hide during the great tribulation.

Psalms 108:11  Wilt not thou, O God, who hast cast us off? and wilt not thou, O God, go forth with our hosts?

The answer is “Of course he will.”

Psalm 108:12  Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man. 13  Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies.

So, when you go throughout this day, pray and give praise to the Lord, be fixed on Him, Ask God to fix the things at home. Thank the Lord for those things that matter and are important in your life. Thank the Lord for your salvation in Christ Jesus. Thank the Lord for handling your enemies and then know that the help of man, (that means you) is not enough, and completely trust in the Lord to be everything you need in life.

Know that through God you can and shall do valiantly.  Be positive and be strong in the Lord.

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook