1 Kings 22, 1 Thessalonians 5, Daniel 4, Psalm 108-109

1 Kings 22:7
"But Jehoshaphat said, "Is there not here another prophet of the LORD of whom we may inquire?"

In reading this event, my thoughts were, "Am I getting the counsel of the four-hundred or the counsel of one?" and, "Am I giving the counsel of one or uniting my voice with the four-hundred?"

LORD GOD, please place people in my life who, like Micaiah, will speak Your Word to me.  Forgive me for giving counsel based upon anything other than Your Word.  Holy Spirit, teach me Your Word so well my thoughts and words would reflect those of my Lord and Savior.  


Psalm 109:6-15
 
What do you think when you read passages like this where David's request of God is so harsh?  At first glance, it can seem as though David's prayers asking God to persecute or harm his enemies contradict Jesus' instruction to love our enemy and pray for those who persecute us.  Do we then write off these prayers of David as merely a human reaction?  

If we will turn to the New Testament, it will help us interpret these prayers.  Several Scriptures apply the verses in Psalm 109 to those who crucified Jesus.  (Matthew 26:59-62 = Psalm 109:2; Acts 1:20 = Psalm 109:8; Matt 27:39 = Psalm 109:25; Acts 2:23 = Psalm 109:27).  

When we come to a passage of Scripture that seems contradictory or doesn't seem to fit with our understanding, the first thing to do is remember who wrote the Bible.  It seems correct to say David wrote these Psalms since he is credited as the author, yet Scripture makes it very clear the entire Bible was written by men, like David, under the influence of the Holy Spirit.  Several verses speak specifically about the Holy Spirit speaking through David.  

Mark 12:36 - Jesus said, "David himself, in the Holy Spirit declared, 'The Lord said to my Lord,  Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet.'"  (Psalm 110:1)  Jesus attributed this verse to the Holy Spirit, even though it is "A Psalm Of David.".  

Acts 1:16-20 - Peter said, "The Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke beforehand by the mouth of David, concerning Judas."  Peter was referring to verse 8 of Psalm 109 and Psalm 69:25, both of which were credited to David.  

The Bible tells us all Scripture is from God through the Holy Spirit. 

2 Timothy 3:16 - "All Scripture is breathed out by God."

2 Peter 1:20-21 (NLT) - "Above all, you must realize that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophet's own understanding, or from human initiative.  No, those prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit, and they spoke from God."

There are some Psalms, such as Psalm 35, 58, 109 and 137, that are called imprecatory psalms or psalms that curse God's enemies.  When we approach these passages, we need to remember:  1) God does not make mistakes.  These are His Words spoken through His spokesmen.  When passages like this disturb us, we must realize it is our thinking that needs to change.  2)  We must remember God's judgment is as perfect as His mercy; His wrath is as complete as His love.  3)  All the Psalms were written with the desire for God to hear and draw near.  When He does draw near, He brings both salvation and judgment.  Man cannot have one without the other.   

When you come to passages like Psalm 109:6-15, remember 2 Timothy 3:16-17, "All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work."  These difficult verses are to teach, reprove, correct and train us.   

Holy Spirit, as I read these difficult passages, please align my thinking and understanding to Your Word.  I know my thoughts are not Yours, but I want a renewed mind for my Father's glory and my good.

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