In the first part of our series, we saw Nehemiah’s reaction to hearing the walls of Jerusalem were still torn down, and the inhabitants we not safe from foreign invaders. We looked yesterday at Nehemiah’s inspection of the wall, and we saw the first glimpse of his enemies, those who despised Israel. Today we look at having a mind to work, and the scheming of Nehemiah’s enemies, and what he did to prevent them from coming to fruition.
Psalm 61 New King James Version (NKJV)
To the Chief Musician. On a stringed instrument. A Psalm of David.
1 Hear my cry, O God;
Attend to my prayer.
2 From the end of the earth I will cry to You,
When my heart is overwhelmed;
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
3 For You have been a shelter for me,
A strong tower from the enemy.
4 I will abide in Your tabernacle forever;
I will trust in the shelter of Your wings.
5 For You, O God, have heard my vows;
You have given me the heritage of those who fear Your name.
6 You will prolong the king’s life,
His years as many generations.
7 He shall abide before God forever.
Oh, prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him!
8 So I will sing praise to Your name forever,
That I may daily perform my vows.
Some scholars ascribe this Psalm to David. Written when Absalom was rebelling beyond Jordan. Others ascribe to another Psalmist, because of some historical sources, written at the end of the periods of Captivity. The subtitle “To the Chief Musician. On a stringed instrument. A Psalm of David.” does not appear in every translation of the Bible, or even every version of the same translations, depending upon the sources the Editors trusted.
A Personal Devotion
That I may daily perform my vows.
For those who have been following these devotions the past month and a half, you will notice that is has been a week since I’ve written anything. A few of the days, I’ve been too busy in the morning to write a devotion. I usually don’t let that stop me from at least doing my personal reading. Unfortunately, this past week, I have not even done my reading.
When I got back to my house this morning at about 7:30, (after driving my beautiful wife to work) I had already determined to read and do a devotion. So I cooked up some sausage, got myself a nice drink, and sat at my computer and prayed while it booted up. I asked God to reignite the fire of the passion for His Word and my ministry.
So I pull up a song on iTunes, as my Bible programs opened up as well. I usually try to find some nice Christian Instrumentals, but I really wanted to listen to Lauren Daigle today for some reason. So I started playing her album How Can It Be (Deluxe Edition), and pulled up the first scripture of my daily reading, Psalm 61. The opening song on the album is a wonderful song called “First.” It goes hand in hand with my prayer.
Before I bring my need
I will bring my heart
And seek YouFirst
As I’m sitting here, right now, writing this devotion, the song First just came on again. Wow. He just keeps reminding me.
When we walk daily in His word, we can hear His voice. The Holy Spirit moves us and translates the Word for us. How can we expect to know what He wants of us if we do all the talking? We have to listen to Him. He gave us the WORD for us to do just that.
Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
If we are to feed on the Word, why would we only feed ourselves one time a week? Or two? We must eat daily to be healthy both in body and spirit.
Ask God to ignite or intensify the desire for His Word in your heart. Start today, get feed by the Word every day. Dig deeper than you ever have before in the Word.