THE POWER AND MIRACLE OF PRAYER
Psalms of Prayer & Praise
Part 60: Part II: Psalms 44: We Hear & Know Of The Victory Over Our Enemies in Prayer
In the name of God Master, of the Universe, Ruler of the earth
Editors Note: Thoughts of worry are defeated among those that know Jesus and Matthew 6: 25-34. Thus the victory is already won. However, we pray with a sincere heart for those that are lost and those that are saved. But, there is no once saved always saved. There is work to do. Find comfort peace, happiness and joy in the Word and be a blessing to God. Meanwhile we pity and call out the lost man’s name in prayer who fails to understand the Wisdom of Solomon. We thus pray for Wisdom because those that are wise see God. Seeing God allows you to see all things especially the future.
Peace be unto you. To the Church (the Church of Christ Jesus the Prophets and Apostles) and believing Christians everywhere. To those that believe in the Bible (the Spirit of God) as the supreme authority that governs all of humankind. In this we give thanks to God the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit that leads and guides us the straightway. We also come with no material motive or gain or profit from rendering the Truth of God. Those called to great service are given the greatest prosperity that exists by God and not man.
Brethren the writers of the Books of the Bible were human however they were inspired to speak for God. Thus many things that are revealed are prophetic. Look now to the Old and the New. Also what is the role of FreedomJournal? We speak for God however we make no claims as to the inspiration of the Apostles or the writers of the Bible or the Psalmists.
As we proceed with our discussion of the 44th Division of Psalms we see the attitude of the Psalmists David or the sons of Korah changing his attitude toward God. Thus as we continue with the 9th verse we see a reversal of the previous posture of victory through the Lord.
Psalms 44: 9: “But thou hast cast off, and put us to shame; and goest not forth with our armies.”
As the Psalmists complained about the problems he and his people encountered with the enemy we note that he spoke as a man in the flesh. However he was directed by the Lord. Who directs the FreedomJournal? As we stay in the Spirit we can see God thus things ungodly have no fertile ground to grow. Meanwhile we see the prophetic message of the experiences by this writer regarding the future for God’s people. We also refer you to Psalms 10: 1 where we see our beloved brother David speaking for the Lord in prophetic inspiration although he was not divine.
Now look with us to several informative cross references also found in Psalms. At Psalms 43 (five verses) we see an indication that the sons of Korah also wrote this Psalms also of note is that in many manuscripts of the Hebrews this Psalms is combined with the 44th Division as one.
Psalms 43: 2: “For thou art the God of my strength: why dost thou cast me off? Why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?” (Also see Psalms 60:10 where in 12 verses David reveals that when there is great trouble and the situation seems to be lost and out of control we turn to God).
Beloved God can help anyone lift themselves up from despair or apathy. David (or the sons of Korah) reveals that one is strong in the Lord. This is our only real help in times of trouble and in times of joy. Why do we still need help from God when we express joy? Is there any joy without the knowledge and belief in God? Does God sustain joy? Meanwhile the Apostle Paul taught this same truth at II Corinthians 12: 10 and Ephesians 6: 10.
Return now to our primary scripture at Psalms 44 and verse 10
Psalms 44: 10: “Thou makest us to turn back from the enemy; and they which hate us spoil for themselves.”
The Psalmist continues to seem to be complaining when he says retreat from the enemy (turn back). The phrase “spoil for themselves” means taking their possessions from them. (Also see Leviticus 26: 33 for a note on the results of disobedience. At Joshua 7 verses 8 and 12 he writes of the sin of disobedience, these verses will also add credence to the verse found at Psalms 44: 10, also see Psalms 89: 42).
Psalms 44: 14: “Thou makest us a byword among the heathen, a shaking of the head among the people.”
The enemies of God’s people used a byword in the sense that they the enemy thought they were superior to the Israelites and held them in contempt. They also moved their heads to shake them as a gesture of making fun of the people of God that they viewed as unfortunate. (See Psalms 17: 6 where David pleads to the Lord when he was persecuted by Saul).
Psalms 109: 25: “I became also a reproach unto them: when they looked upon me they shaked their heads.”
David’s body was in a wretched condition thus his enemies mocked him as if he was being punished for his sins.
Psalms 44: 22: “Yea, for thy sake are we killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter.”
Many beloved have come to write even in the Old and New Testaments not understanding the future in which they project in verse, song and in prose. Thus here we see as the telescope looks onward to the days of persecution of the saints during the times of the Apostles. We also stand and cry out for relief as the enemies of God and his people continue an often wicked campaign to deny His Truth. Sadly many of these people claim to speak for God as the ungodly have little or no audience who cry out in disbelief. No one can die all day long however the meaning is that they were constantly in threat or danger of death.
We will first turn to a powerful cross reference found at Isaiah before we travel to the New Testament and Romans.
Isaiah 53: 7: “He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.”
As Isaiah looked to the Messiah so did the Psalmists. Jesus sought not to register a protest or compliant. However Jesus did respond to various questions etc. so the phrase “opened not his mouth,” is not an indication that Jesus did not speak up. (For example see Matthew 27: 11 and Luke 22: 70 for a reference on this). Meanwhile as willed by God when it was a situation of mistreatment and false accusation he did not open his mouth. (See Matthew 26: 63 for a reference on this point). Finally we want to point out that Jesus did not act in a manner of shame. However, He bowed down to the awful conditions that existed then and now regarding sin and shame. Will we (FreedomJournal) write of the mistreatment and callous treatment we receive as we write about God and God’s people? We long to be Christ like thus we pray for guidance to act as God would have us to act as we continue to wage a war of words as God directs us.
Now turn with us over to Romans and the Apostle Paul.
Romans 8: 36: “As it is written, For THY SAKE WE ARE KILLED ALL THE DAY LONG; WE ARE ACCOUNTED AS SHEEP FOR THE SLAUGHTER.”
The Apostles and the great Prophets of the Old Testament were dedicated in their service to the Lord. Who do the church leaders and pew members of today work for? I saw and see Men’s Day, Women’s Day, Founder’s Day, Pastor Appreciation Day’s, Church Anniversary Day and Big Hat Day’s and the list goes on. There are also various programs for almost every Holiday that man has created. What of the service to the Lord. Is there more emphasis placed on raising money for these various celebrations than Bible Study and Sunday School? For the record most of the people that crowd the churches today know nothing of study Bibles nor are they aware of a concordance or a Bible Dictionary. These tools are absent from mind, body and soul meanwhile the Spirit wanes and flounders in a world that is corrupt and ungodly.
Meanwhile the true saints of God during the times of Paul and today are threatened all the day long as they liveth in a constant struggle mainly with those that seek to distort the True Word of God. However, we bear witness and know for sure that God is a jealous God. He has all power this realization reveals that the weak are not weak in Spirit and the strong in material things are weak in salvation.
Psalms 44: 24: “Wherefore hidest thou thy face, and forgettest our affliction and our oppression? (See Job 13: 24).
As we plea for God’s mercy we must be patient. Because God does not act when we want Him to does not mean He does not hear our cry. Now follow us to several cross references at Psalms 42: 9 look closely at the literal meaning of this insightful verse.
Psalms 42: 9: “I will say unto God my rock, Why has thou forgotten me? Why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy? (Also see Psalms 88: 14)
David talked to himself and as he questions self he sends us a dire message.
Peace and Paradise,
Dr. Carl A. Patton writing for the FreedomJournal Press 21 March 2010 in the year of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.
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