As I walk before my enemies

As I walk before my enemies

Psalm 5



We’ve often been told “ do onto others as others would do onto you.” Nowhere is this found in scripture. Luke 6:31 and as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them. So it would seem that this is just the oposite of what the world would have us think. Romans 12:16-19 “live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all, if possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, vengence is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”


We find David in this psalm on his knees looking up, he’s living vertically and walking horizontally. I’m reading Eugene Petersons book “Christ plays in ten thousand places” and he’s talking about Christ and the pattern he sets for His disciples – he says p 234 “ The pattern holds: whatever we do in Jesus’ name, we begin on our knees before our friends and neighbors and conclude looking up to heaven praying to the Father. Washing dirty feet and praying to the Holy Father bookend our lives. We can’t live Jesus’ life, we can’t do Jesus’ work, without doing it within the boundaries that Jesus set.”


         There’s an Irish prayer that goes

        May those that love us, love us

        and those that don’t love us,

       may God turn their hearts;

      and if He doesn’t turn their hearts,

     may He turn their ankles

     so we’ll know them by their limping.


We can’t ignore our enemies but be mindful of them, pray for them, continue to live righteously. And allow God to be God.



D John



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