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Who Fight I

Who Fight I

15 November 2009

Scripture:

1 O Lord, oppose those who oppose me. Fight those who fight against me. 27 But give great joy to those who came to my defense. Let them continually say, “Great is the Lord, who enjoys helping his servant!” 28 Then I will proclaim your justice, and I will praise you all day long. (Psalm 35:1, 27-28 NLT)

Every time I read this psalm I think of a scene from our days living in the highlands of central Jamaica. At a “Y” in the potholed track that led from the main road outside Linstead, St Catherine, towards the village of Time and Patience, there was a Rasta man’s shop at the roadside. The little shop was painted forest green and in bold white letters across the front it said, “Jah fight dem who fight I. Ps 35.1” For those who don’t read Jamaican patois, it loosely quotes Psalm 35:1 in the King James Version. “O LORD, fight against them who fight against me.”

Like the Rasta man on the road to Time and Patience, St Catherine, David was confident that his greatest defense was to leave his defense in God’s hands because God enjoys helping his servant.

Life has its injustices. We can contend for fairness, fight for our rights, and spend huge amounts of time and energy defending ourselves. Or we can leave it all in God’s hands and rest in the assurance that “God enjoys helping his servant.”

11 The Lord has said to me in the strongest terms: "Do not think like everyone else does. 12 Do not be afraid that some plan conceived behind closed doors will be the end of you. 13 Do not fear anything except the Lord Almighty. He alone is the Holy One. If you fear him, you need fear nothing else.” (Isaiah 8:11-13 NLT)

Life has its injustices. God’s word challenges us to fight for the cause of the oppressed, the foreigner, the widow, and the orphan. How about if we put some energy into fighting for the weak, the oppressed, and the defenseless and let God fight for us!

Prayer:

Father, I thank you that you enjoy helping your servant. I want to leave my welfare and my defense in your capable hands and use my influence and efforts to help others. Help me to keep growing my heart until it becomes a heart like yours. Amen.

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