In which there is a revolutionary thought…

by Craig on February 20, 2012

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We should never get too preoccupied with a study of demons.

We study God…
and by knowing Him…
and His love…
we know of them.

So many of positive attributes of God turned to the negative describes The Enemy.
Every good thing about angels, switched around to the negative, describes The Enemy’s minions.
As much as we know about God and his helpers, we know that much about the other side.

Maybe the saddest thing…
is that everything that those enemies are…
we are…at one time or another.

I’ve been tussling with those enemies of God.

Ever since I named the year “see”
there has been wave after wave of bad…
sickness…
crushing disappointment…
rejection, hurt, financial stuff…

distraction…

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…and, though it has lifted,  a deep and pervading darkness separate from all those circumstances.

A while back I thought of looking at the imprecatory Psalms…
you know…all those nasty little ones we have a hard time with.

“Lord kill them, crush them, destroy them!”…
all those thoughts we sometimes think…
but know we aren’t right in thinking them.

And we’re not right – if we’re thinking them about humans.

We will never have a right to judge humans (Mt 7:1-5, Rom 14:1-23, Jn 8:7 – and a whole bunch of other verses). That right only belongs to God.

But we will one day judge angels (1 Cor 6:3)…
and right now I think we can safely judge fallen angels…

and I think…

and this is just me…
and I don’t speak from Sinai…

what if the imprecatory psalms…
that were obviously human prayer – against humans…
and seemingly not very “New Testament-ish”…

what if they are there as prayers for us to use…

against the Evil One and his minions?

There is that passage in Isaiah that speaks of Babylon…

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…but has always been accepted by the church to be about Satan. (Is 12:12-15)

And maybe this is one of the reasons there is such a violent history of Israel in our Bible.

What if all the warring that went on was both abut the historical wars…and to train us for the spiritual warfare that goes on every day? Just like that, the imprecatory psalms might be both about the psalmist’s human enemies – and our spiritual ones.

We think that faith is only about God…
and “saving faith” is
but the faith that is to “believe” in the existence of…
you know…that faith…
well…

if we “believe” there is God…
then there must be His Enemy…
and his horrid minions too.

And to fight them…

which it is critical for me to do right now…

critical for all of us really…

a walk through the imprecatory psalms…

starting tomorrow…

please come back.

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

hillcrest cottage February 20, 2012 at 9:14 am

Psalm 40:1-3… David talks about God bringing him out of the pit of destruction and about putting a new song in his mouth. We all need a new song to sing… and… no one climbs out of a pit in their own power. Being delivered from the depths of a pit requires an outside source.
Jesus is our source, and prayer is our ladder.

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Craig February 21, 2012 at 11:08 am

This…THIS is brilliance “Being delivered from the depths of a pit requires an outside source. Jesus is our source, and prayer is our ladder.” Thank you for that Bev…thank you…God bless!!

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Dawn February 20, 2012 at 1:38 pm

I’m in, bring on the imprecatory Psalms (where DO you get this stuff, Craig?).

I remember when my son, Harry, first started to seek counsel for panic attacks, the counselor told him to read the Psalms. He called me and said, “Mom, David was a very disturbed man!”

This could be very enlightening, Craig. I will share with Harry.

Dawn

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Craig February 20, 2012 at 9:06 pm

I’ll have to keep this short – you know why – but everybody wonders about those imprecatory Psalms – and I’ve wondered about why all the OT violence is recorded – not that it happened – but that it was recorded – anyway looking at these Psalms – and thinking of praying them against the evil one and his minions – it’s a powerful thing.God bless you Dawn!!

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Martha Orlando February 20, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Craig, you have opened the eyes of my heart today! In reading Psalms daily as I prepare to write devotions, the imprecatory (new word for me) ones always stuck in my craw. Not any more! You have given me an incredible, enlightened way to read these as being at war with the spiritual forces which try to separate us from the love of God.
Can’t wait for more on this subject!
Blessings to you!

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Craig February 20, 2012 at 9:15 pm

Martha, when I discovered this I felt the same way – EXACTLY the same way – and looking at these Psalms like this changes so much. So much of me wants to discount that darkness I wrote about a month ago as just earthly – if I were the Evil One and his minions I can see how that would be to their advantage – these imprecatory Psalms are Just. For. Them. And for us to use against them I think. God bless you Martha.

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Nacole February 20, 2012 at 11:05 pm

can’t wait–a good weapon i need right now.

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Craig February 21, 2012 at 11:09 am

me too – I’m studying them today…and fasting for Walk WIth Him Wednesday (ˆ◡ˆ)

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Nacole February 21, 2012 at 12:38 pm

i know you aren’t feeling well…so please just answer when you get time…but please do tell–what are you doing for fast–or if you don’t want to tell that here–just give me some ideas of what fasting looks like to join in with this WWW–i want to do it, but dont know a lot about fasting. what i do know is that God is a God of love and grace and He doesn’t expect us to live in ashes and sackcloth like the pharisees did and He doesn’t want us to live in the OT ways…my understanding is that anything you withhold from can be fasting…can this be also t.v? can skipping one meal, or skipping something you are weak about, like sweets, also be fasting? that is my idea of it–let me know if im wrong.

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Craig February 21, 2012 at 1:00 pm

More tomorrow – but what I’ve found out – and it’s mostly Catholic – I’m not Catholic but I trust them for this —- it’s a one day giving up of what’s wanted – food – for spiritual sustainance – it’s a loose thing even in Catholic Doctrine – I’m not eating today (one meal is NOT against the doctrine – but to me that kinda seems like cheating – I still may take the option though ツ) and it doesn’t include things like tea and coffee even if they have milk – so it seems it’s more the principle of the fast that’s important – if you skip dinner tonight and have a small bedtime snack for instance – I think you could kind of count that as a fast – It’s an OT thing – but also a NT thing – not to be confused with giving up something for lent btw… more tomorrow…hope that’s enough for now. God bless. I”m hungry!!!

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Nacole February 20, 2012 at 11:07 pm

and i agree with Dawn–where DO you get this stuff?! and oh, i love, love the pics.

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Craig February 21, 2012 at 10:56 am

I get this stuff because I have always had the kind of faith doesn’t like unresolved questions – how could this stuff be in the Bible – how could God sanction such violence – and then later say to turn the other cheek – things like that needed answers – this was one of the many questions – and this stuff about the imprecatory Psalms was one of HIS answers to me I think. We both need this weapon right now! God bless you my friend!

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Victoria February 24, 2012 at 12:19 am

This is making me think. I keep envisioning a double edged sword and I think no weapon formed against me shall prosper. And I think about the sword that divides the soul and spirit; the bone and the marrow; the thoughts and intentions of the heart…

I too have battled internally with those Psalms wishing evil on anyone and how it seems to go against what Jesus teaches us. It’s a hard one to reconcile. Then recently I read through the Bible in 90 days. I’ve read through it before, I’ve studied it for years, but the 90 day deal opened my eyes to a different perspective and I never wanted to admit this to anyone (except to hint at it to see if anyone would bite and offer discussion, which they didn’t), but I found myself so very angry at the violence in the Old Testament. I do understand it, but I hate it. If I can pick up the two edged sword and actually use it, but not against humans, (I wouldn’t anyway) but against the unseen enemy made more obvious to me by your musings, I think I can start swinging. I mean, I’m not saying your musings made the enemy more obvious…he’s done a good job of making himself obvious…I’m saying that I can see that the enemy talked about in the Psalms could be considered the devil and his minions. anyway…

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Craig February 24, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Your thoughts? EXACTLY mine – except for one thing – you think the Enemy makes himself obvious? Come back and talk to me about this if you have a chance – because I think his biggest weapon is how subtle he is, cutting, invisible, how he makes us think that he’s not doing anything, and to think that he’s doing something is a silly notion – so we don’t think of him causing trouble… And soon we find ourselves in the pit. I need more please and thank you (ˆ◡ˆ)

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