Hear my prayer, O LORD, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness And enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thy sight shall no man living be justified. For the enemy hath persecuted my soul; he hath smitten my life down to the ground; he hath made me to dwell in darkness, as those that have been long dead.
Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is desolate. I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands. I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land. Selah. Hear me speedily, O LORD: my spirit faileth: hide not thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit. Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee. Deliver me, O LORD, from mine enemies: I flee unto thee to hide me. Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness. Quicken me, O LORD, for thy name’s sake: for thy righteousness’ sake bring my soul out of trouble. And of thy mercy cut off mine enemies, and destroy all them that afflict my soul: for I am thy servant.
~ Psalm 143 ~
As I was reading this passage yesterday, I said in my heart “That’s me.” I rarely face outward enemies that are after my life or seeking to destroy me, but I face an even greater enemy. An enemy from within. Some call it the “self-life.” I have found that the greatest enemy that I have ever faced in my life is myself, my flesh, the carnal man.
Inwardly, this Psalm really pictured much of what goes on within me…and maybe within you. Things can look wonderful…outwardly, but within rages a battle that seems to surpasses all physical battles. What meant so much to me in this passage was the fact that though these battles rage within, there is always Someone to look to in our time of adversity. It’s because of His lovingkindness in the morning that I can get up. He is trustworthy. Therefore, I can trust Him. He is all-knowing, thus, He can lead me in the way that I should walk. He can deliver me from myself. He allows soul conflict in my life to cause me to turn to Him. He is ever merciful.
A few weeks ago, our little family embarked on our first camping trip. I think I was more excited about it than the kids were! We had finally finished renovating our old camper and it was time to try it out!