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Prayer of the Betrayed

Psalm 55:1-17
“As for me, I will call upon God; and the Lord shall save me,” Psalm 55:16.

Sometimes our battles (tests of faith) are not only for our benefit but also for a testimony of faith to others; for example, the life of David.
David defeated Saul, and then Absalom his own son raised an army against him. Absalom’s head got caught in a tree limb giving the opportunity for Joab and his soldiers to kill him. His death grieved David. After that, and before he had time to fully grieve Absalom’s death, another foe raised his head. Following that, David endured a three year drought and another battle with that Philistine army, the giant’s (whom David defeated) own giant sons and a giant brother, including a twelve toed, twelve fingered son. (See 2 Samuel 21:20.)
Test after test, battle after battle seemed to have overtaken David’s life and, yet, his faith in God did not falter. David testified of God’s greatness as he penned the words found in Psalm 18. David’s faith in God echoes throughout the ages as a living testament of God’s goodness, greatness, mercy, providence, intervention and His righteous judgment.
While it is true David was betrayed, he did not take a defeatist attitude. Instead, he turned to God and turned his enemies over to God. What does your testimony of faith say, and is it worth repeating? Someone is watching you.

As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him (2 Sam. 22:31).
Beverly Barnett

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The Good Shepherd


Posted: 03 Nov 2013 01:11 AM PST


I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep,” John 10:11.


When David tried to persuade King Saul to allow him to fight Goliath in 1 Samuel 17, the argument that finally convinced the king to allow David to fight the giant was this: “Thy servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock: and I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him” (1 Sam. 17:34, 35). David was a good shepherd because he risked his life to protect his sheep, but he was just a foretaste of the Good Shepherd to come.


Jesus is the Good Shepherd because He has a cherished bond with His sheep. He knows them intimately and was willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for their eternal security. Any other person who may express interest in caring for us or leading us is not worthy of our devotion because no one else has earned the right to shepherd us. Nobody but Jesus is worth our love, devotion and praise—worth following—so we should be careful that we are following the right Shepherd. We can be sure that wherever Jesus leads us will be precisely where God wants us to go, exactly where He can provide whatever is necessary for our good and His glory.





Will you follow where Jesus leads you today?



Mark Clements




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