Saturday, July 4, 2015

Let the righteous smite me

[Psa 141:1 KJV] [[A Psalm of David.]] LORD, I cry unto thee: make haste unto me; give ear unto my voice, when I cry unto thee.

[Psa 141:2 KJV] Let my prayer be set forth before thee [as] incense; [and] the lifting up of my hands [as] the evening sacrifice.

[Psa 141:3 KJV] Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.

[Psa 141:4 KJV] Incline not my heart to [any] evil thing, to practise wicked works with men that work iniquity: and let me not eat of their dainties.

[Psa 141:5 KJV] Let the righteous smite me; [it shall be] a kindness: and let him reprove me; [it shall be] an excellent oil, [which] shall not break my head: for yet my prayer also [shall be] in their calamities.

[Psa 141:6 KJV] When their judges are overthrown in stony places, they shall hear my words; for they are sweet.

[Psa 141:7 KJV] Our bones are scattered at the grave's mouth, as when one cutteth and cleaveth [wood] upon the earth.

[Psa 141:8 KJV] But mine eyes [are] unto thee, O GOD the Lord: in thee is my trust; leave not my soul destitute..

[Psa 141:9 KJV] Keep me from the snares [which] they have laid for me, and the gins of the workers of iniquity.

[Psa 141:10 KJV] Let the wicked fall into their own nets, whilst that I withal escape.

Ten verses.

Hear my prayer, dear Jesus. Hear it now. I'm crying out to You.
May my prayer be pleasant to You.
Keep me from saying something evil.
Keep me from thinking or doing something evil.
If I am rebuked by a Christian brother or sister, may I receive it well.
Mark my words, the day will come when our wicked rulers will be overthrown, and then they will hear what I have to say.
We are killed off and tossed aside; stacked up like firewood.
I am sticking to you, Jesus. I trust You with everything. I trust You with my eternal soul.
The wicked are laying traps for me, they want to ruin my life.
Let their evil plans backfire, let them fall into their own evil ways. Let me escape from them.

Let the righteous smite me. If I am caught up in sin or doing something foolish in my life, may my friends have the courage to call me out on it.

[Pro 27:17 KJV] Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

A friend will risk their friendship to stop you from destroying yourself. And you should do the same in return. Iron sharpens iron. Sharpen one another, be there for your friends.

Consider a "slap upside the head" in love a blessing, if it truly is in love. On the other hand, be careful and pray about it before you confront a friend. Be sure your heart is in the right place, and ask Jesus for wisdom.

Has a brother or sister delivered the rebuke to you? Take it to Jesus and ask for wisdom on how to respond.

And what if you have a Christian friend or family member who is caught up in something evil? Do you feel the Holy Spirit convicting you to confront this brother or sister? I would suggest taking the matter to prayer before saying a word. Seek confirmation. Seek wisdom on what to say. Be led by the Holy Spirit. And when you have that confirmation, proceed.

We live in an evil age. Of this there can be no doubt. We see evil in our government, in other nations, in groups like ISIS and Boko Haram. May their evil fall on their own heads. I pray for their repentance. But should their hearts be hardened, and they truly are given over, then may their evil plans against us come upon them instead. Jesus, protect us in this evil age, amen.