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27/08/2023 - 28/08/2023 All day

“He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the Lord” – Psalm 40:3 (NIV)

When King David wrote, “May all who want to take my life be put to shame and confusion” (Psalm 40:14), any can agree he had been pushed to the wall. It is probably when he was being persecuted by Saul or after being overthrow by his son, Absalom, from the throne. Further down he writes, “For troubles without number surround me; my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see. They are more than the hairs of my head, and my heart fails within” (vv 12).

Have you ever gone through a situation that leaves you besides your self. For David, in spite of being on the run, his life on the edge, there was an unshakable faith in God. “I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand” (vv 2).

Knocked from all side David had unshakable faith in God well reflected as he wrote, “Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods” (vv4).

As the life of David shows Christians are not immune to trials. In those moments of difficulty there could be the urge to seek all available alternative solutions to arrest the situation. The faith of David who sunk to the depth should always be a source of inspiration. As he was down, may his faith be our prayer too: “But as for me, I am poor and needy; may the Lord think of me. You are my help and my deliverer; you are my God, do not delay (vv 17).

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, whatever the circumstances I am faced with, I rise and put my faith in you, for you put a song of deliverance in my heart of deliverance, this I pray in Jesus’s name.

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    “Vindicate me, my God, and plead my cause against an unfaithful nation. Rescue me from those who are deceitful and wicked” (Psalm 43:1)

    To be vindicated is to be cleared of blame or suspicion. Someone is vindicated when he is eventually proved right or justified. In his reign as King of Israel, David was not short of enemies. One was his very son Absalom who divided his people and mounted a coup that threw him off the throne. After Absalom had raised enough support, “a messenger came to David, saying, “The hearts of the men of Israel are with Absalom.” So David said to all his servants who were with him at Jerusalem, “Arise, and let us flee, or we shall not escape from Absalom..” (1 Samuel 15:13-14).

    Pushed out of power, David longed to be vindicated. His situation is no different from any person who has been mistreated, done poorly and cast out of a position for apparently no fault of his. So often one comes across innocent public servants who have been put on katebe, the local speak for being made redundant. Intrigues being part of life there is never a day that passes without someone somewhere conspiring and scheming against a blameless person. False rumors are spread and before long one is forced out of his job.

    Where do you turn when your enemies are having you for a field day? Quite obvious there are those who give in to bitterness and use the evil ways their enemies exceled in to launch a counter attack. If their enemies bribed their way to power, so they do. If they spread malice, so they embrace. If they sought out occult powers, they arm themselves with these.

    Pushed out of power, David, rather sought the Almighty God. He went “to the top of the mountain, where he worshiped God” ( 2 Samuel 15:32). He prayed that his enemy Absalom would fall pray to his evil devices through foolish counsel, causing him confusion. The Lord answered David’s prayer and his army went to battle with Absalom and defeated him, leading to his death at the hand of David’s General Joab (2 Samuel 18).

    Today, should you be grappling with a situation where you feel done wrong, do not let your enemies have the better part of you, but turn to God, who will vindicate you. “For the LORD will vindicate his people and have compassion on his servants” (Psalm 135:14).

    Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray for you to vindicate me in all my affairs, where I have been falsely accused, done poorly, and that glory may go to you, this I pray in Jesus’ name!

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