“Hear my voice, O God, in my complaint; Guard my life from the [fear] of the enemy.” Psalm 64:1 AMP
Please hear me out for a minute. There are crazy things happening in our world and I am not going to pretend I understand it all. I know I understand a great deal, because God’s word has prepared me for lots of it, but there is a lot unknown. Unknown is scary. There is no denying that. AND the most frightening is the enemy is part of the unknown. Spirits at work behind the scene which you cannot see touch or physically combat are a scary thing. And it seems everything is in some way an enemy of God or of Christians. And knowing only in part – it is unsettling to say the least.
Dear Heavenly Father – As always, please open eye to see and our ears to hear what you are saying! Lord – open our understanding that we may know you and give us wisdom. Please do not let us miss out on what you want and need from us today. And please keep us and bless us and shine your face upon us and pour out grace over us and give us peace! Thank you! – In Jesus name we pray, Amen
Today’s reading is from the book of Second Kings chapters 20-21 (embedded below the image below for your convenience).
Please stay with me here – David (in the Bible) is one of the roughest, toughest warriors recorded – but is also known for being tender and a man after God’s own heart. His raw honesty in his prayers in the psalms is known to all of us. Many times we as people aren’t that honest with ourselves let alone God – or to write them down, as David did. I noticed that in the psalms – MANY TIMES – David wrote that he was afraid or asked God to deliver him from fear. This guy took out Goliath with a pebble, and yet, he knows, understands, hides and cries out to God in fear. So human.
God gave us a type of fear (which is not a spirit but an instinct). It is not bad or good and it is not wrong or right – it is a tool He gave us. With it we know when to run and hide or when to fight. Then God gave us wisdom and armor so we can be brave when we need to stand, and not hide – and what is the right way to use the tool and the wrong way to use the tool. With the armor we are invincible – sadly Christian fail to believe this which is a faith issue. We believe a lie and not believe what the word of God says.
AND EVEN KING DAVID HAD THIS PROBLEM. It is a normal human struggle. But once we know it is a normal growth process, we can begin to make peace with it and stop struggling. Because human fear is NOT the same as the demon of fear who is destroying the world. Human fear is made by God as an instinct and tool to keep us alive and keeps us from touching fire or being outside in a thunderstorm or trying to pet a wild lion – you get the point.
Psalm 64 – stems from David praying out of fear. Human fear – not demonic fear. He is praying that he is protected from the wrong fear. And strengthened in faith to overcome the human fear – so he can be brave. What is interesting is he doesn’t know who the enemy is – he calls it the secret counsel. That could be an actual conspiracy group. It could be his own imagination. It could be he was overcome with all the mix information like we are getting in our current world – and there were prophecies already spoken in his time and interpretations of those prophesies and the chaos – it just boils down to this unknown. So David was afraid.
“Hide me from the secret counsel and conspiracy of the ungodly, From the scheming of those who do wrong, Who have sharpened their tongues like a sword. They aim venomous words as arrows, To shoot from ambush at the blameless [one]; Suddenly they shoot at him, without fear. They encourage themselves in [their pursuit of] an evil agenda; They talk of laying snares secretly; They say, “Who will discover us?” They devise acts of injustice, saying, “We are ready with a well-conceived plan.” For the inward thought and the heart of a man are deep (mysterious, unsearchable).” Psalm 64:2-6 AMP
So David begins with Lord save me from fear, essentially. Then he describes people and/or spirits who are plotting against him. And “Him” represents the Kingdom of God – as Jesus comes from David’s seed. This stretches the passage out over all of time! Therefore it applies to us. We can pray against being unduly afraid – as it is ok to have a human fear that is tempered with wisdom (for the physical world) and armor (for the spiritual world). We can also pray against people and/or spirits that plot against the kingdom of God.
Jesus said to seek first the Kingdom of God (Matt 6:33) – so if something is plotting against it and maybe us and we are triggered into fear (God using our fight of flight to make us aware) then we should pray! If David did, then so should we.
And David wasn’t very sweet about blessing his enemies – yet His prayers are set as a record to guide our prayers. He prayed their own tongues would reveal them! Yes, Lord! That they would expose themselves as the ones plotting! David prayed it – so should we – NO, not should let us use the word MUST! We MUST pray like David! David continued to ask God to shoot them suddenly! Suddenly!!!
“But God will shoot them with an [unexpected] arrow; Suddenly they will be wounded. So they will be caused to stumble; Their own tongue is against them; All who gaze at them will shake the head [in scorn].” Psalm 64:7-8 AMP
We know that no weapon formed against us shall prosper and that means it will be formed – but suddenly, God will wound our enemy and the lies will be exposed. And David asks that it all goes down in such a way – everyone sees that it was God! (so that God gets the glory)!
I was asking for the mouth of the liar to be shut – but that is NOT how David prayed! LET THEIR OWN TONGUE BEAR WITNESS AGAINST THEM! And then Lord, please wound them and/or their plans SUDDENLY! Because, Lord, IT IS WRITTEN! I believe, help my unbelief! In the mighty name of Jesus! Amen
Them. I still do not know with certainty who the “them” is in my life. It also seem to change based on situation and scenario (sorta – I am not paranoid but just trying to explain an unknown enemy).
Remember when I got fired from my job – all of the people involved have lost their jobs, except one and that was the one I thought lead the fight against me. And their own mouths got them exposed. And suddenly they were replaced. I share this as a witness to this prayer of David being prayed and God moving suddenly and vindicating me – while He has also already moved me into a new place with new blessings and a new path in His will.
David finishes the psalm in acknowledgement that it is done, just because David prayed it – strengthening his own unbelief by just praying. Banishing fear by believing it is so. You and I have an advantage – we can also swing our sword and say this is written! As it is written!
“Then all men will fear [God’s judgment]; They will declare the work of God, And they will consider and wisely acknowledge what He has done. The righteous will rejoice in the Lord and take refuge in Him; All the upright in heart will glory and offer praise.” Psalm 64:9-10 AMP
Starting on Friday of last week. I am reading and praying Psalm 64 daily – sometimes multiple times – sometimes in different versions of the Bible. My goal is to pray it every day until the feast of trumpets. Please join me and let us see what comes of it. If we pray it believing, so much will change in our own lives – if we pray it in agreement with each other and change the first person to mean the body of Christ or the Kingdom of God – Oh in agreement we can change this world! Yes, prophesy must be fulfilled but this is our role to play – to pray. Not to be overtaken by fear – just to give it to God and focus on God in prayer like David. Not to be overstimulated by distractions – just to focus on God and pray. Not to worry and be filled with anxiety – NOPE. It is to have peace knowing we aren’t wrong to have fear as a response but peace to know what to do with it and peace in giving it to God because here is a formula – pray this and it happens and it has in the past and it will in the future and it will happen, right now, if you pray it.
So I encourage you to pray it every day with me until September 7th. And let us believe God will move and change things.
Do you already have a relationship with a powerful God who cares about your every need because He loves you? Did you know my God can communicate with you and protect you – He has a plan for you to prosper if you just submit to His will and let His plan play out in your life!!! God wants a relationship with you and has already made a plan for your life. He loves you so much He sent His son to this world, to die as a sacrifice for your sins and rise from death with victory over sin and the ability to have a personal relationship with you.
“9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” Romans 10:9-10 NIV
Here is a prayer for you to pray:
Jesus, I believe you are the way, the truth, the life, and the only way to the Father. I believe you are the son of God, you came to Earth and lived. That you died on the cross as a sacrifice for my sins, and rose again so that I may be saved from my sins and be able to get to know you. I declare: Jesus, you are Lord!
Therefore, I confess that I am a sinner and I ask that you forgive me of my sins and come into my life. Help me to turn away from my sins and transform me into what you have lovingly created me to be. Help me through a real personal relationship grow and accept your will for my life – that I may live in your blessings. Please walk with me, and talk with me – I accept a relationship with you and with our Father God, through you. In the name of Jesus I pray ~ Amen
MEMORY WORK: As I promised, this year is full of memory verses that when the enemy comes up against us we can quote: It is written! Just as Jesus did when the devil tempted him.I know I have the victory and I must just stand fast and continue to submit to God… so let us memorize and quote this with authority! So as we submit, we can remind the old devil where he can go!
NKJV – “Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.”
NAS – “Truly I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven. Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven.”
ESV – “Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.”
AMP – “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, whatever you bind [forbid, declare to be improper and unlawful] on earth shall have [already] been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose [permit, declare lawful] on earth shall have [already] been loosed in heaven. Again I say to you, that if two believers on earth agree [that is, are of one mind, in harmony] about anything that they ask [within the will of God], it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.”
NIV – “Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will bebound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will beloosed in heaven. Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.”
Thank you for reading.
May the God of peace keep you and bless you. May you stay focused on Christ and covered in grace.
Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!
BIBLE READING: 2 Kings 20-21 NKJV
Hezekiah’s Life Extended
20 In those days Hezekiah was sick and near death. And Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, went to him and said to him, “Thus says the Lord: ‘Set your house in order, for you shall die, and not live.’ ”
2 Then he turned his face toward the wall, and prayed to the Lord, saying, 3 “Remember now, O Lord, I pray, how I have walked before You in truth and with a loyal heart, and have done what was good in Your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
4 And it happened, before Isaiah had gone out into the middle court, that the word of the Lord came to him, saying, 5 “Return and tell Hezekiah the leader of My people, ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of David your father: “I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; surely I will heal you. On the third day you shall go up to the house of the Lord. 6 And I will add to your days fifteen years. I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for My own sake, and for the sake of My servant David.” ’ ”
7 Then Isaiah said, “Take a lump of figs.” So they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered.
8 And Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “What is the sign that the Lord will heal me, and that I shall go up to the house of the Lord the third day?”
9 Then Isaiah said, “This is the sign to you from the Lord, that the Lord will do the thing which He has spoken: shall the shadow go forward ten degrees or go backward ten degrees?”
10 And Hezekiah answered, “It is an easy thing for the shadow to go down ten [a]degrees; no, but let the shadow go backward ten degrees.”
11 So Isaiah the prophet cried out to the Lord, and He brought the shadow ten [b]degrees backward, by which it had gone down on the sundial of Ahaz.
The Babylonian Envoys
12 At that time [c]Berodach-Baladan the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a present to Hezekiah, for he heard that Hezekiah had been sick. 13 And Hezekiah was attentive to them, and showed them all the house of his treasures—the silver and gold, the spices and precious ointment, and [d]all [e]his armory—all that was found among his treasures. There was nothing in his house or in all his dominion that Hezekiah did not show them.
14 Then Isaiah the prophet went to King Hezekiah, and said to him, “What did these men say, and from where did they come to you?”
So Hezekiah said, “They came from a far country, from Babylon.”
15 And he said, “What have they seen in your house?”
So Hezekiah answered, “They have seen all that is in my house; there is nothing among my treasures that I have not shown them.”
16 Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Hear the word of the Lord: 17 ‘Behold, the days are coming when all that is in your house, and what your fathers have accumulated until this day, shall be carried to Babylon; nothing shall be left,’ says the Lord. 18 ‘And they shall take away some of your sons who will [f]descend from you, whom you will beget; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.’ ”
19 So Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “The word of the Lord which you have spoken is good!” For he said, “Will there not be peace and truth at least in my days?”
Death of Hezekiah
20 Now the rest of the acts of Hezekiah—all his might, and how he made a pool and a [g]tunnel and brought water into the city—are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? 21 So Hezekiah [h]rested with his fathers. Then Manasseh his son reigned in his place.
Manasseh Reigns in Judah
21 Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Hephzibah. 2 And he did evil in the sight of the Lord, according to the abominations of the nations whom the Lord had cast out before the children of Israel. 3 For he rebuilt the [i]high places which Hezekiah his father had destroyed; he raised up altars for Baal, and made a [j]wooden image, as Ahab king of Israel had done; and he worshiped all [k]the host of heaven and served them. 4 He also built altars in the house of the Lord, of which the Lord had said, “In Jerusalem I will put My name.” 5 And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the Lord. 6 Also he made his son pass through the fire, practiced soothsaying, used witchcraft, and consulted spiritists and mediums. He did much evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke Him to anger. 7 He even set a carved image of [l]Asherah that he had made, in the [m]house of which the Lord had said to David and to Solomon his son, “In this house and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, I will put My name forever; 8 and I will not make the feet of Israel wander anymore from the land which I gave their fathers—only if they are careful to do according to all that I have commanded them, and according to all the law that My servant Moses commanded them.” 9 But they paid no attention, and Manasseh seduced them to do more evil than the nations whom the Lord had destroyed before the children of Israel.
10 And the Lord spoke by His servants the prophets, saying, 11 “Because Manasseh king of Judah has done these abominations (he has acted more wickedly than all the Amorites who were before him, and has also made Judah sin with his idols), 12 therefore thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘Behold, I am bringing such calamity upon Jerusalem and Judah, that whoever hears of it, both his ears will tingle. 13 And I will stretch over Jerusalem the measuring line of Samaria and the plummet of the house of Ahab; I will wipe Jerusalem as one wipes a dish, wiping it and turning it upside down. 14 So I will forsake the remnant of My inheritance and deliver them into the hand of their enemies; and they shall become victims of plunder to all their enemies, 15 because they have done evil in My sight, and have provoked Me to anger since the day their fathers came out of Egypt, even to this day.’ ”
16 Moreover Manasseh shed very much innocent blood, till he had filled Jerusalem from one end to another, besides his sin by which he made Judah sin, in doing evil in the sight of the Lord.
17 Now the rest of the acts of Manasseh—all that he did, and the sin that he committed—are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? 18 So Manasseh [n]rested with his fathers, and was buried in the garden of his own house, in the garden of Uzza. Then his son Amon reigned in his place.
Amon’s Reign and Death
19 Amon was twenty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned two years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Meshullemeth the daughter of Haruz of Jotbah. 20 And he did evil in the sight of the Lord, as his father Manasseh had done. 21 So he walked in all the ways that his father had walked; and he served the idols that his father had served, and worshiped them. 22 He forsook the Lord God of his fathers, and did not walk in the way of the Lord.
23 Then the servants of Amon conspired against him, and killed the king in his own house. 24 But the people of the land executed all those who had conspired against King Amon. Then the people of the land made his son Josiah king in his place.
25 Now the rest of the acts of Amon which he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? 26 And he was buried in his tomb in the garden of Uzza. Then Josiah his son reigned in his place.
- 2 Kings 20:10 Lit. steps
- 2 Kings 20:11 Lit. steps
- 2 Kings 20:12 Merodach-Baladan, Is. 39:1
- 2 Kings 20:13 So with many Heb. mss., Syr., Tg.; MT omits all
- 2 Kings 20:13 Lit. the house of his armor
- 2 Kings 20:18 be born from
- 2 Kings 20:20 aqueduct
- 2 Kings 20:21 Died and joined his ancestors
- 2 Kings 21:3 Places for pagan worship
- 2 Kings 21:3 Heb. Asherah, a Canaanite goddess
- 2 Kings 21:3 The gods of the Assyrians
- 2 Kings 21:7 A Canaanite goddess
- 2 Kings 21:7 Temple
- 2 Kings 21:18 Died and joined his ancestors