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Thursday, March 13, 2003

Edifier du Jour-Psalm 35:1-8
1: A Psalm of David. Contend, O LORD, with those who contend with me; Fight against those who fight against me. 2: Take hold of buckler and shield And rise up for my help. 3: Draw also the spear and the battle-axe to meet those who pursue me; Say to my soul, "I am your salvation." 4: Let those be ashamed and dishonored who seek my life; Let those be turned back and humiliated who devise evil against me. 5: Let them be like chaff before the wind, With the angel of the LORD driving them on. 6: Let their way be dark and slippery, With the angel of the LORD pursuing them. 7: For without cause they hid their net for me; Without cause they dug a pit for my soul. 8: Let destruction come upon him unawares, And let the net which he hid catch himself; Into that very destruction let him fall.
In this pre-war mode, I have trouble not relating to David's "please do a number on my foes, God" psalms. Does this negate the need to pray for our enemies? No, but the two aren't mutually exclusive. I remember the old joke about the woodsman being chased by a bear, praying that the bear be a Christian. After catching the woodsman, the bear put his paws together and said "Thank you, Lord, for the meal I am about to receive." We can pray that our enemies find the Lord and that life goes well for them, but we can also pray that they fall flat on their face in their efforts to harm us.

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