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Dynamite! Psalm 18

“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you…” Acts 1:8  

Beth Moore, author, Bible teacher, and rock star in Christian women circles, has said that praying scripture is like strapping two sticks of dynamite together.  Kaboom!!   

 It causes an explosion in the spiritual realms and an explosion of faith for the Christian.  Why???  

Because Scripture is powerful —  “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”  Hebrews 4:12  

And so is prayer —“The effective, earnest prayer of a righteous man is powerfully effective.”  James 5:16b HNV  

Psalm 18 is one of my favorite psalms.  It shows God’s mighty power to save us out of deep despair. 

King David wrote Psalm 18 after God miraculously saved him from an enemy that had trapped and completely overwhelmed him — King Saul.   

  

  

Most of us don’t have King Sauls trying to kill us , but we have doubts,  

fears and  

anxieties breathing down our necks,   

threatening to destroy our faith — sometimes on a daily basis.  It can be a little overwhelming, and scare us into hiding, like David.   

This picture shows Engedi, in Israel, where David his from his enemy…  Where David hid from King SaulDo you find yourself hiding from yours?   

Well, get up and blast the enemy of your soul with these two sticks of dynamite — Prayer and Scripture…  

Helm's Deep

Read Psalm 18 out loud to the Lord — note:  I inserted You’s for He’s, etc   

  ” I love you, O Lord, my strength.  [You] are my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. [You] are my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.  I call to [You] Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies.  The cords of [fear] entangled me; the torrents of [worry] overwhelmed me.  The cords of the grave  coiled around me; the snares of death confronted me.  In my distress I called to [You]; I cried to my God for help…[You] heard my voice; my cry [came] before [You], into [Your] ears.  The earth trembled and quaked, and the foundations of the mountains shook; they trembled because [You] were angry.  Smoke rose from [Your] nostrils; consuming fire came from [Your] mouth, burning coals blazed out of it.  [You] parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under [Your] feet.  [You] mounted the cherubim and flew; [You] soared on the wings of the wind.    

[You] made darkness [Your] covering, [Your] canopy around [You]– the dark rain clouds of the sky.  Out of the brightness of [Your] presence clouds advanced, with hailstones and bolts of lightning.    

The Lord thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded.  [You] shot [Your] arrows and scattered the enemies, great bolts of lightning and routed them.  [You] reached down from on high and took hold of me; [You] drew me out of deep waters.  [You] rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support.  [You] brought me out into a spacious place; [You] rescued me because [You] delighted in me.  Psalm 18  

You brought me out into a spacious place.  You rescued me because You delighted in me.
You brought me out into a spacious place. You rescued me because You delighted in me.

Thank you, Father, for loving me and saving me.  In Jesus’ name, amen!”  

Here’s some great verses to pray for yourself and others:  

I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.  Ephesians 1:18-19  

And speaking of Beth Moore…  click on Book Recommendations on the right for more details about this awesome book of hers.    

Great Lines From Movies: Finding Nemo

“Keep swimming. Keep swimming… ”  At the edge of a pitch dark cavern in the ocean, cute little Dory, a blue fish encourages her equally cute friend, Marlin, a clown fish, to “keep swimming”.  They have to search the mirky depths for something  they’ve lost that’s terribly important.  Funny, cute,and a little scary; it’s one of my favorite scenes in the movie, Finding Nemowatch..

Sometimes life can seem like a dark bottomless pit.  It’s scary to go forward, to “keep swimming”.  Here’s some verses to cling to in the dark:

“When I am afraid, I will trust in You…In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?  In God whose word I praise, in the Lord, whose word I praise — In God I trust; I will not be afraid.  What can man do to me?” Psalm 56:3-4, 10-11

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”  Isaiah 41:10

Feeling small?  Pray the “Little Fishies Prayer”:

“Oh, Father in Heaven, my savior, my friend (John 15:5).  The way seems dark and scary, and I can’t see how I’ll make it, but I’ll trust in You.  Help me to hold Your hand, to keep reading my Bible, keep praying, keep trusting you in the dark.   In Jesus’  name, amen.”

Here’s a helpful song I taught my kids when they were little.  It’s comforting to sing it to yourself when you have something scary to do:

(sing to “London Bridge is Falling Down”)

“I will be with you always

You always

You always

I will be with you always

Matthew 28:20b.”

“For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.”  Isaiah 41:13