Sunday October 27, 2013 “Arise, O Lord”

Psalms 3:1-8 “3 Lord, how they have increased who trouble me!  Many are they who rise up against me.  Many are they who say of me, “There is no help for him in God.” Selah  But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, My glory and the One who lifts up my head.  I cried to the Lord with my voice, And He heard me from His holy hill. Selah  I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the Lord sustained me.  I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people Who have set themselves against me all around. Arise, O Lord; Save me, O my God! For You have struck all my enemies on the cheekbone; You have broken the teeth of the ungodly. Salvation belongs to the Lord. Your blessing is upon Your people. Selah”
From trouble to blessing this Psalm speaks to us of God’s promise for desperate times.  It was a dark and gloomy day when King David, a man after God’s heart, was fleeing from his son Absalom.
David raised the young man as he did his other children.  But Absalom had a rebellious spirit similar to many in our country today who have tasted of the goodness of God’s favor, benefitted from being raised in America or have come here from other lands and experienced the goodness of the Lord.  Yet they have turned their back on the kindness and benevolence of the mighty King of the Universe and have caused trouble like Absalom.
It is not easy for those who have invested much into a person just to have them turn in a different direction and oppose God and His word but it happens and they seem to recruit followers (v. 1) and the even taunt the true believer (v. 2) “There’s no help for him in God.”  About that time – when David had enough of this the sun broke through the clouds and he said, “The Lord is my shield and He lifts up my head.”  They were words God could respond to and He did.  The Lord heard David (v. 4) and salvation and blessing was the result (v. 8).
Tonight, Sunday evening 6-8pm we will pray in agreement according to 3 focused points of intercession and then if you like you can continue for as long as you like being led by the Spirit of God in prayer for our cities and the nation.  Last Sunday evening we gathered in our “flagship” time of prayer and for 90 minutes we ministered unto the Lord with intense intercession.  God bless you for joining us as “We Are The People” continues to call upon the One who is changing the face of America through the power of His Spirit.
Prayer Focus
#1) That fear have no place in the hearts of believers.  Jesus said many hearts would fail seeing what was coming on the face of the earth in the latter times.  It seems that lies and unrighteousness are troubling God’s people and it increases daily.  David said this happened in his day (v. 1).  Emboldened by the popularity of the ungodly they attempted to unnerve God’s people like the enemies of Nehemiah did as walls were being rebuilt around Jerusalem – v.2 “There’s no help for him in God.”
As we see battle lines drawn for the upcoming November elections and the policies proposed from government leaders that pompously say, “There is no help for followers of Jesus Christ”, let us pray in unity “Let God arise and His enemies be scattered” and then let us rest well as David did (v. 5) “I slept, I awoke, for the Lord sustained me.”
#2) Pray in agreement that fear be eradicated from the people of God even if we feel at times we are surrounded by those who do not have our best in mind.  When fear leaves, faith arrives.  Faith will move the mountains as we move in the authority of Jesus Christ who said “all authority has been given to me in heaven and earth – you are my Body – go do My work and believe.”
#3) Speak the truth revealed in God’s word.  Let the profession of your faith be on your lips.  Remember David’s word in v. 1-2 of Psalm 3 described the reality of the situation – there were many causing trouble and were rising up against the man after God’s own heart.  But in the end (v.8) David proclaimed boldly that salvation comes from God and His blessings are upon God’s children.
Focus on God’s promises tonight and speak them over our cities and nation.  The promises being spoken can then become a reality in the land producing a better and blessed future for our children.

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