Daily Devotional Wednesday, August 21

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 – Psalm 35; 2 Samuel 18:19-33; Acts 23:23-35 and Mark 12:13-27

It’s interesting to me that in today’s reading we have a Psalm that prays for deliverance from one’s enemies and then in each of the readings from the daily lectionary we have God’s people who dealt with enemies.

In the readings from 2nd Samuel we’ve been hearing how Absalom, one of David’s sons, was taking the throne from David. David did not what Absalom’s death, he wanted justice. Yet what he got was Absalom’s death and today we hear how David grieved his son’s death and most likely life choices. Absalom and all his followers had become David’s enemies.

Then in the reading from Acts we hear how Paul is being falsely accused by Jews and now is being held in safety by Roman officials. Paul had the credentials to speak to Jews, to Romans and others. This time he’s used his Roman citizenship to seek safety and save his life. His Jewish accusers were Paul’s enemy.

Then in the Gospel reading we hear how Pharisees and Sadducees were seeking to trip Jesus up and ruin his ministry. In both instances Jesus turns their questions back upon them. Some of the Pharisees and Sadducees and others were enemies of Jesus.

In each instance David, Paul or Jesus could have prayed Psalm 35, praying for the destruction of their enemy. But what I hear is each hoping for changed lives. Jesus calls us to pray for our enemies. I personally can’t think of a personal enemy. I can think of enemies of the USA or of the Christian Faith. I pray for their changed hearts and lives and for peace.

Do you have someone you would call your enemy? Pray for them. Pray for changed hearts and lives. And then conclude your prayer with these words from The Message from Psalm 35:27-28.

those who want the best for me,
Let them have the last word—a glad shout!—
    and say, over and over and over,
“God is great—everything works
    together for good for his servant.”
I’ll tell the world how great and good you are,
    I’ll shout Hallelujah all day, every day.

Amen.

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