SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30
Scripture: Psalm 139:7-22
Psalm 139 starts out bathed in God’s tenderness, gentleness and mercy. A good example is verses 17,18 where it says, “How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You.” Then verses 19-22 takes a sudden “weigh-and-pray” departure. It moves from thanksgiving, personal care and relationship to, “Oh God, You have to deal with the wicked!” Verses 19-22 says, “Oh, that You would slay the wicked, O God! Depart from me, therefore, you bloodthirsty men. For they speak against You wickedly; Your enemies take Your name in vain. Do I not hate them, O Lord, who hate You? And do I not loathe those who rise up against You? I hate them with perfect hatred; I count them my enemies.” Psalm 139 is classic because the majority of this Psalm exults in the Savior. But then there is a transition to “weigh-and-pray.” And when that transition comes, it is terminal for the enemy. Have we learned to walk in the place where we major on mercy, but at the blowing of the wind of the Spirit, go into “weigh-and-pray” intercession? Axios prayer can save a nation. I trust enough will find it in the church to make a difference. I trust that mature saints in this nation will arise to pray victoriously against evil. Jesus died for the nations. This is an essential part of our end-time battle and God is calling us to grow up in this realm.