CHARACTER TRAITS OF THE WICKED (Pt. 10)
12. Arise, O LORD! Punish the wicked, O God! Do not ignore the helpless!
Psalm 10:12 NLT
As we’ve covered Psalm 10 and David’s Lament about his oppressors to God, you may have noticed a theme. David provided intricate detail about his issue and the facilitators of his troubles to God in his prayer. In doing so, David gives us an invaluable insight into our enemy’s tactics and characteristics, but that is not all he does.
His quite specific, detailed description of his concern offers us another lesson on approaching God in our times of trouble. Look at David’s prayer through the first eleven Verses. What is he doing? David is complaining to God. But in his complaint, he is doing something else. He is being precise, explicit, and particular with his Request to God.
That is the best lesson we can take from this Passage. When you have an issue that you need to talk to God about, do not be vague, general, or indefinite in your requests and petitions. We have been given access to the Greatest Power that has ever existed and ever will. Why would you toss random generalities at Him?
If you have a request of God, make it as specific and detailed as you possibly can so that every single aspect and facet of your obstacle is realized, actualized, and most importantly, spoken. He cares about what happens to us and has Promised to affect our issues if we Ask in Faith. So, why not make the most of His Favor?
Be specific when you pray, even embarrassingly so! After all, this is God you’re talking to, He’ll keep your secrets, and He wants you to share them with him. Otherwise, you are leaving the details of your problem to chance.
If you are not intentional and specific in your desires, God may Answer your Request in a way you might not care for. He is giving us leeway on this one, so why not take Full Advantage of His Love by being precise and exact in our requests. That’s just a “pro-tip” from someone who’s tried it and gotten EXACTLY what they asked for. Try it and tell me I’m lying!
Now, for today’s focus. There is a specific shift in the Chapter’s emphasis here — David transitions from complaint to request in Today’s Passage. Whereas up till now, he’s described his detractors and their behaviors, now David is moving to the action phase of his Request.
A prayer that is only a complaint is a half-baked plea, then you are only complaining and not praying at all, but whining. What makes it supplication is making your issue and then your Request known to Him. Then it becomes something God can Work with! He needs us to Activate His Power, which comes by Request only! We have all the Help we’ll ever need, but God wants us to ask Him for it.
As we continue this study, we’ll see how to fight back against those who imagine mischief and violence against us as Christians. David, in this Chapter provides us the Perfect Guidance on how to Pray in Times of Trouble. He tells God exactly what he wants and makes it abundantly clear.
This is why we are called to study and scrutinize The Word. It contains so many Lessons and Tactics that if we internalize and utilize them, we can go into battle confident in our ability to emerge victoriously, regardless of how prepared, motivated, or driven our enemies are!
Have a Terrific Tuesday, FB, and Study To Show Yourself Approved, Cause It Might Just Save Your Life!