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Psalm Friday

Live in Freedom
Psalm Friday
Psalm 18

* Pray. Ask God to give you an open heart and mind to learn new truths from His Word. Read Psalm 18 through three times. Record any thoughts or questions you have in your journal. If a verse stands out to you, write it on an index card and begin committing it to memory.

Psalm 18 is David's thanksgiving and praise of God for the many times God had delivered him from his enemy. David desired always to keep these memories fresh in his mind and to speak of them often. It was his passion to share with others what God had rescued him from. Psalm 18 is a beautiful Psalm full of poetry and imagery of a God who fights for and protects His people.

Today we are only going to look at the first six verses of this Psalm. We’ll pick up with more next Friday.

1 I love You, Lord; You are my strength.2 The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my Savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.
3 I called on the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and He saved me from my enemies.
4 The ropes of death entangled me; floods of destruction swept over me.
5 The grave wrapped its ropes around me; death laid a trap in my path.
6 But in my distress I cried out to the Lord; yes, I prayed to my God for help. He heard me from His sanctuary; my cry to Him reached His ears.
Psalm 18:1-6

Have you ever found yourself smack dab in the middle of a trap of the enemy; bound so tightly by his chains you could hardly breathe? When I first read these verses; my initial thoughts were “OH. MY. WORD. THAT IS SO ME!” I have been entangled by the ropes of death. Not physically speaking, but there was a time in my life that the enemy had such a strong hold over me that my spiritual death was imminent. I had literally nowhere to go, no person to cry out to except God Almighty. It was either cry out to the only One who could breathe life back into my dying soul or close my eyes and give up. I was worn out and in no condition to continue fighting the enemy. The enemy had beaten me. He had won. His power of me was great.

As I lay there in that moment of life or death I remembered that there was a God who would fight for His people. I remembered that there was a God who desired to breathe life into the dying. With what little strength I had left I cried out to the only One who had the power to give me life and break the chains of the enemy. God heard my cries. I believe He had been sitting on His throne waiting patiently to hear me cry out to Him. God not only heard my pleas, but He acted. He gave me strength; mmm, let me rephrase that, He became my strength. The chains of death no longer held me captive; my God had redeemed me. He breathed new life into my soul and gave me a new story to tell. He set me free.

Here’s the thing though. God has really been speaking to me lately about living in freedom. Yes, God set me free from the chains of the enemy and yes He breathed new life into me. So, why are there times when I don’t live in the freedom He’s blessed me with? Why are there times when I keep silent instead of shouting from the rooftops that there is a God who loves and forgives and sets free the captives? Jesus said Himself, “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” (John 8:36) It’s not a maybe kind of freedom. It’s not an “if I feel good” kind of freedom. God’s freedom is a forever freedom; a freedom that FOREVER frees us from the chains of the enemy. Friends, it’s time that we live in the freedom that Christ died to give us. No more walking around with our heads hanging low singing the shoulda, coulda, woulda’s, but shouting from the rooftops “My chains are gone, I’ve been set free!”

When David penned Psalm 18, he was praising God for rescuing him from the enemy. The love that David had for his God was an intimate, loyal kind of love. He never forgot what God had rescued him from, he just didn’t wallowing in it. He lived in the freedom God had blessed him with. I want live in the freedom God has blessed me with. I want to live that abundant life in Christ. I want others to see Jesus in me and want Him to. I want to be a woman who desires God more than anything else in life. How about you?

Questions to Answer- Thoughts to Ponder
*Are you living in the freedom God has blessed you with? Or, are you still holding on to the past wishing you could have done it differently? Beloved, we can’t do anything to change our pasts, but we can allow God to use our pasts to change the future.
*If there something in your life that you need to be freed of today? Cry out to God. He’s waiting to hear your voice. He’s ready to breaks those chains.

Precious Father, You are my strength. You are the rock upon which I will stand forever. I praise You today because You have set me free; You have broken the chains of the enemy. You have set me free to sing Your praises. Help me to always live in Your freedom. May I not look back, but fix my eyes on You the Author and Finisher of my faith. Thank You for hearing my cries. I bless Your name.

4 Lovely Thoughts Shared:

Cheri said...

Oh girl, I love hearing him sing that song! Everytime I hear it I can visualize me stretching out my arms and the chains falling to my feet.

This is one I could stand on a rooftop and sing at the top of my lungs.

Thank you Jesus for setting me free!

Cheri said...

Nope, I don't live in Alabama.
I'm in Missouri! :)

Hope you are having a wonderful day!

Anonymous said...

Wow......Jenifer this one hit home and hit home and hit home. Thank you for being the vessel God used today.

Do you think we can be so afraid that someone will see us instead of God that we remain silent? It is more comfortable in our hole. But isn't that a lack of relying on God? I mean, who do I think I am that God hasn't got it covered?! Do I really believe that God hadn't thought of what that one person may think, that He isn't already working on that area, that He can't change it to His good, that He doesn't have a plan?! After all this time (and of knowing the right answers and believing them) am I still trying to control even one tiny area of my life? Did I or did I not give my life to him! I know my purpose. I rest in Him. But have I remembered D A I L Y. Wow. Lights are flashing on here for me.

Thank you,

Cheri said...

Looks like you got the Feedjit thing figured out. I wass coming to tell you that sitemeter is easy as 1-2-3 and you might want to give it try. But, looks like things are going well with the other.

To answer your question: Sometimes I feel like I'm a blessing and others I don't! I'm trying hard..that's what counts, right? :)