Psalm 70

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Hasten, O God, to save me; O LORD, come quickly to help me.  May those who seek my life be put to shame and confusion; may all who desire my ruin be turned back in disgrace.  May those who say to me, “Aha! Aha!” turn back because of their shame.  But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who love your salvation always say, “Let God be exalted!”  Yet I am poor and needy; come quickly to me, O God. You are my help and my deliverer; O LORD, do not delay. (NIV)

As I read this psalm I can picture Christ praying this during his earthly ministry. The message of God’s love and the way of his righteousness was not only rejected, but was opposed by the very ones he was sent to share the good news of God’s salvation. As you read this psalm ask yourself this simple question “which group would I be in: those who desire Christ’s ruin, or those who love your salvation?” Those who seek his ruin will be turned back in disgrace, those who love his salvation will praise the Lord.

In Revelation 3:7 the Lord is pictured as the one who holds the key of David.  “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that opens and none shall shut, and that shuts and none opens.” As we live our life here on earth we face multiple decisions each day. From the time we get up in the morning to the time we retire in the evening. However, as a believer in Christ one decision we must daily strive to make is how I will plan to walk daily with Christ. Am I willing to walk through the doors of opportunity that the Lord has open for me and at the same time willing to leave the doors closed that he has closed for me? Or is it all about me and I am the one who opens and closes my own doors?  In this Psalm David calls on the Lord’s help to save him, to help him, to defend him, and to deliver him. This type of walk will lead to a life that rejoices in the Lord and be glad in the choices we have made in him.