LORD my God, if I have done this
and there is guilt on my hands--
if I have repaid my ally with evil
or without cause have robbed my foe--
then let my enemy pursue and overtake me;
let him trample my life to the ground
and make me sleep in the dust.
Yeah, those words are pretty intense. Could you pray like this- with absolute surety of your innocence? Listen, before that prayer ever left my heart (and lips), I would have to do some serious self-examination, first. Because, in essence I would be asking God to take my life if I was in the wrong! That’s scary.
Yet, I have no doubt, David’s prayer came from a contrite heart; but, it is pretty daring, don’t you think? However, David lived on the front lines. To the onlooker, it seemed that this man was in a never-ending conflict just to obtain the promises of God in his life. Battle after battle awaited David. And when he first started out, David didn’t have the luxury of hiring a body guard for protection. Nope! The Lord, alone, was his armed defense. So if David’s words seem a little bold, it’s simply because this man didn’t have time for wimpy prayers. His very life depended on God’s favor and help in time of need.
What about you? Today, you may not be in a literal battle for your life, but do you realize that when you decided to follow Jesus, you entered a spiritual war that, like David’s battle, seems never-ending? You will have to pray some bold prayers if you want to see the promises of God fulfilled in your life. But, before you pray with absolute assurance of your guiltlessness, it would be wise to do some soul-searching. Take time to ask God to cleanse you from sin, iniquity, and anything keeping you from daring to pray bold prayers. The blood of Jesus is the righteous covering you must have! And once your heart is right before the Most High God, then with assurance you can absolutely make your requests known:
Therefore, let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Philippians 4:6).
- God is Jehovah Elohim- He is the True God
- God is Jehovah Elyown- He is God Most High
- God gets angry
- God judges sinners
- God is Elohiym Tzadik Shaphat- He is a righteous (just, lawful, right) judge
- God tests (examines, scrutinizes, proves) the hearts and minds
- God is a shield (armed defense)
- God saves (delivers, liberates, makes victorious) the upright (pleasing, righteous, straight, level) in heart
- God gets indignant (very angry- like a boiling pot) every single day
My Prayer- Psalm 7
You are the One, True God. You are the Most High God. You are a righteous judge. You are my shield and my savior. Lord, test my heart and see if there is anything wicked in it. Examine me in the light of Your Holy Word, and cleanse me from all unrighteousness.
Like Your servant, David, I will offer a sacrifices of praise and thanksgiving to You, the Most High God. Thank you Lord that You deliver me, that You saved me, that You rescue me, that You cleanse me, that You test me, and that You show Your mighty power to me. Father, You are worthy of all praise and honor.
Lord, today help me to boldly approach Your throne of Grace and make my requests know to You.
In Yeshua’s name, Amen.