All rise “Our LORD and Judge” presides


Carrie Prejean keeps her crown, a day later Shanna Moakler resigns. She says ” since the press conference yesterday, I had a chance to think about what has taken place, and I feel that at this time it is in the best interest to resign from Miss California USA organization” Why you ask “she doesn’t in a clear conscious believe in what the organization represents” You see, Miss Prejean “My”( emphasis mine) Miss USA announced a campaign opposing gay marriage and Ms Moakler announced she was appearing in a new add supporting gay rights. Criticism comes in all forms and when we least expect it.

Running from his son David comes into Bahurim a Benjaminite town on the north side of the Mount of Olives. He encounters Shimei, the son of Gera, a man of the family of the house of Saul. Now Shimei curses continually David as well as throw stones at him, why because he’s bitter and holding onto a grudge that he can’t let go. But, its what he said in the criticism that perplexes David. ” Get out, get out, you man of blood, you worthless man! The LORD has avenged on you all the blood of the house of Saul, in whose place you have reigned, and the LORD has given the kingdom into the hand of your son Absalom. See, your evil is on you, for you are a man of blood.”

There is some truth in what he says in that the kingdom has been given into the hand of Absalom. But temporarily. And the criticism wasn’t what Shimei nor David assumed.  Living a vertical life means putting all of your eggs in the LORDS basket and trusting in His promises and that’s what we find continuously from David here as he opens with “O LORD my God, in you do I take refuge; yet perplexed his mind racing to and fro he has his son chasing him now this man cursing him for something he is unsure of if he committed these atrocities. Yet, he is steadfast in following the LORD his God he submits that if he has wronged anyone he surrenders himself to the judgement of HIM who sustains him.

O LORD my God, if I have done this: if there is iniquity in my hands, if I have repaid evil to him who was at peace with me, or have plundered my enemy without cause, Let the enemy pursue me and overtake me; yes, let him trample my life to the earth, and lay my honor in the dust.

In a speech “Citizenship in a Republic” delivered in Paris 23 Apr 1910 by Theodore Roosevelt he says, ” It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually try to do the deeds; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat. “

The LORD judges the peoples; judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness and according to the integrity that is in me. Oh, let the evil of the wicked come to an end, and may you establish the righteous you who test the minds and hearts, O righteous God! My shield is with God, who saves the upright in heart. God is a righteous judge, and a God who feels indignation every day.

If a man does not repent, God will whet his sword; he has bent and readied his bow; he has prepared for him his deadly weapons, making his arrows fiery shafts. Behold, the wicked man conceives evil and is pregnant with mischief and gives birth to lies. He makes a pit, digging it out, and falls into the hole that he has made. His mischief returns upon his own head, and on his own skull his violence descends.

As we walk vertically living horizontally we will face the criticism, some just, and some not. Find refuge in Our LORD and God, and to HIM give the thanks due to his righteousness, and sing praises to the name of the LORD,  the MOST HIGH


D John


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