Psalm 18: The Perfect Blog Post from a Warrior King

I love you, O LORD, my strength.

The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised,
and I am saved from my enemies.
The cords of death encompassed me;
the torrents of destruction assailed me;[f1]
the cords of Sheol entangled me;
the snares of death confronted me.
In my distress I called upon the LORD;
to my God I cried for help.
From his temple he heard my voice,
and my cry to him reached his ears.
Then the earth reeled and rocked;
the foundations also of the mountains trembled
and quaked, because he was angry.
Smoke went up from his nostrils,[f2]
and devouring fire from his mouth;
glowing coals flamed forth from him.
He bowed the heavens and came down;
thick darkness was under his feet.
He rode on a cherub and flew;
he came swiftly on the wings of the wind.
He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him,
thick clouds dark with water.
Out of the brightness before him
hailstones and coals of fire broke through his clouds.
The LORD also thundered in the heavens,
and the Most High uttered his voice,
hailstones and coals of fire.
And he sent out his arrows and scattered them;
he flashed forth lightnings and routed them.
Then the channels of the sea were seen,
and the foundations of the world were laid bare
at your rebuke, O LORD,
at the blast of the breath of your nostrils.
He sent from on high, he took me;
he drew me out of many waters.
He rescued me from my strong enemy
and from those who hated me,
for they were too mighty for me.
They confronted me in the day of my calamity,
but the LORD was my support.
He brought me out into a broad place;
he rescued me, because he delighted in me.
The LORD dealt with me according to my righteousness;
according to the cleanness of my hands he rewarded me.
For I have kept the ways of the LORD,
and have not wickedly departed from my God.
For all his rules[f3] were before me,
and his statutes I did not put away from me.
I was blameless before him,
and I kept myself from my guilt.
So the LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness,
according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.
With the merciful you show yourself merciful;
with the blameless man you show yourself blameless;
with the purified you show yourself pure;
and with the crooked you make yourself seem tortuous.
For you save a humble people,
but the haughty eyes you bring down.
For it is you who light my lamp;
the LORD my God lightens my darkness.
For by you I can run against a troop,
and by my God I can leap over a wall.
This God—his way is perfect;[f4]
the word of the LORD proves true;
he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.
For who is God, but the LORD?
And who is a rock, except our God?—
the God who equipped me with strength
and made my way blameless.
He made my feet like the feet of a deer
and set me secure on the heights.
He trains my hands for war,
so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
You have given me the shield of your salvation,
and your right hand supported me,
and your gentleness made me great.
You gave a wide place for my steps under me,
and my feet did not slip.
I pursued my enemies and overtook them,
and did not turn back till they were consumed.
I thrust them through, so that they were not able to rise;
they fell under my feet.
For you equipped me with strength for the battle;
you made those who rise against me sink under me.
You made my enemies turn their backs to me,[f5]
and those who hated me I destroyed.
They cried for help, but there was none to save;
they cried to the LORD, but he did not answer them.
I beat them fine as dust before the wind;
I cast them out like the mire of the streets.
You delivered me from strife with the people;
you made me the head of the nations;
people whom I had not known served me.
As soon as they heard of me they obeyed me;
foreigners came cringing to me.
Foreigners lost heart
and came trembling out of their fortresses.
The LORD lives, and blessed be my rock,
and exalted be the God of my salvation—
the God who gave me vengeance
and subdued peoples under me,
who delivered me from my enemies;
yes, you exalted me above those who rose against me;
you rescued me from the man of violence.
For this I will praise you, O LORD, among the nations,
and sing to your name.
Great salvation he brings to his king,
and shows steadfast love to his anointed,
to David and his offspring forever.

(Psalm 18 ESV)

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[1] 18:4 Or terrified me
[2] 18:8 Or in his wrath
[3] 18:22 Or just decrees
[4] 18:30 Or blameless
[5] 18:40 Or You gave me my enemies’ necks

Liked by 1000 Single Days!

I was liked. The great, kind, and talented (and beautiful I might add) blogger of http://onethousandsingledays.com/ liked a my post! Wow! I feel like a kid again having just cleared the ramp on my bike and impressed the neighborhood beauty! Amazing! Thank you!

Ok, back to reality… She, the beautiful and talented blogger mentioned above, has an amazing number of followers… I have one known active reader- me… So it may be obvious why one Like is so Awesome for me. Maybe I am set up wrong on WP or may be have nothing great to say… who knows? But she found the post, read it, and liked it. One serious pro 9200 miles away actually liked it!

We all get stoked when someone “Likes” us…

I saw a video clip about a man who loves, I mean REALLY LOVES, old trains (http://youtu.be/-V5PnAVRVBk). For 2 minutes he lost full composure as an adult and contributing member of a civilized society. It was awesome and within 2 minutes 2 seconds I loved old trains too!

There is a businessman who attends the local church here. He is moved by water. Clean water and lots of it! But not for the folks in our local community, but world community. His goal is to bring well-water to thousands in a small county in West Africa. He is passionate about people who need water and is doing more and more about it.

Question- When did you every like something so much you acted a fool? or Sold everything to chase “IT” down? What causes you to feel alive, like a kid again? When did you last dare life for 1000 days of singleness or look a fool on the internet about a passion you have? Did you see someone else do it? Did it make you move to take action on something? Did it cause you to donate that last bonus to (http://dlowater.com/), or cause you to break the staus quo and be single for the next three years? Well, did it? Why not try it and see what happens… Take action on a passion; Then let us all so as to encourage the next ‘YOU’ to dare and the next one and the next…..

Order Your Life!

Too many rolls and potatoes before the steak can kill the steak.

Too many carrots before the fish will kill the fish.

Too many chocolates before dinner will send you to bed with a sour stomach.

Too much time in area X with cause are Y to suffer.

For a Zero-Balanced budget; an extra expense from one bucket, has to be pulled from another.

Your priorities are the fulcrum of the balance of your life.

Set your priorities and balance your life.

Pit of Grace

Reading an ancient text this morning provoked great thought and understanding.

God has lifted my soul and body from a cold, empty pit; where despair was my friend and darkness my arena; in which, with flailing arms I attempted to cling to the walls of the pit as not to fall any further… but deeper I went. In all this though, my God was there waiting for me; knowing where I had fallen from, knowing where I was at, and knowing where I would be.

Will He then draw me out and set me in a puddle to splash about? Or will He place me in the depths of the ocean of Grace of His Love; where being lost is being found; firmly secured, suspended on all sides, with no strings attached?

I am assured of the later. This totally crazed God; absolute in everything; this furiously passionate God loves you and me. Mostly, just because, we, at least I, in my filth and in the middle of my short falls, am and could never be worthy of Him.

This is why He is here…