Monday, December 7, 2009

A String of Selah Pearls - Psalm 140:8 (continued from December 5)

Positioned gracefully across the Book of Psalms is a string of seventy-one pearls, lovely beads of wisdom followed by the admonition SELAH which means, “Pause, think on these things, meditate.”   

Psalm 140:8 “Do not grant the wicked their desires, O LORD; do not let their plans succeed, or they will become proud.  Selah.”


Amid the landmines, David turns to the LORD.  I should, too.

His troubles, as well as my own, result from the fact that we live in a fallen world.  When our mutual ancestors Adam and Eve stumbled onto a landmine (planted by their chief enemy), disobedience resulted in banishment from the Garden of Eden.  From then on, no more ignorant bliss. From then on, landmines everywhere.

Man learned about sin, and soon became very skilled at it. Scripture says that when the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding.  Hiding . . . and hopefully praying.  That’s when, more than ever, we need to turn to God.  Only he can permanently thwart the plans of the wicked. Only he can humble them. 

Certainly there’s a time and place to stand against the wiles of the wicked; and that place is found in the Lord—in his mighty power, fitted with his armor, praying in the Spirit.  Our God is an awesome God! None can stand against him!


Look up: Genesis 3:23; I Peter 5:8; Proverbs 28:28;
Ephesians 6:10-18; Zechariah 4:6

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