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Peace Under Attack

Although King David was loved and admired by most of Israel, there were many who envied him and sought to do him harm. Feeling completely overwhelmed, David wrote Psalm 140, a plea for deliverance from the torment of his enemies.

“Keep me safe, Lord, from the hands of the wicked; protect me from the violent, who devise ways to trip my feet. The arrogant have hidden a snare for me; they have spread out the cords of their net and have set traps for me along my path” (Psalm 140:4-5).

Like David, we all have enemies. You may not have people trying to take your life. Maybe you feel like I do, that you are your own worst enemy. Whether your enemy is your own temptation or actual people seeking to bring you harm, we don’t have to live in torment and fear. Like David, we can petition God to deliver us from our enemies and experience the peace of knowing we are completely protected by God.

Begin today taking the steps restore peace in your life. Identify your enemies. Second, recognize your weaknesses. Finally, and most importantly, put God first in your plan of defense by praying for His intervention. 

David gives us a great example of this in verses 6-8: “I say to the Lord, ’You are my God.’ Hear, Lord, my cry for mercy. Sovereign Lord, my strong deliverer, you shield my head in the day of battle. Do not grant the wicked their desires, Lord; do not let their plans succeed.”

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