Evening

a Psalm – Philip – 05/08/2008

Philip’s version of Psalm 144

Blessed be the LORD, my rock, Who trains my hands for war, And my fingers for battle; You are my lovingkindness and my fortress, My stronghold and my deliverer; My shield and He in whom I take refuge; Who subdues my enemy Satan under me as I go forth and attack .

Bow your heavens, O LORD, and come down; Touch the mountains, that they may smoke. Flash forth lightning and scatter the enemies’ forces… especially in every area where we have family and friends.  Send out your arrows and confuse them, scatter them, defeat them. Stretch forth your hand from on high; Rescue us and deliver us from all his entrapments and snares and counter attacks, and from all his demonic hordes, his emissaries, Whose mouths speak deceit, And whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.

I will sing a new song to you, O God; I will sing praises to you, Who gives salvation to all men; Who rescues Philip His servant from the evil one. Your enemy is a defeated liar and deceiver who comes only to steal, and kill and destroy.

Let my sons in their youth be as grown-up plants, And my daughters as corner pillars fashioned as for a palace;  Let our garners be full, furnishing every kind of produce, And our flocks bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our fields;  Let our cattle bear, Without mishap and without loss, Let there be no outcry in our streets! Bring forth the 21st Century version of this in every aspect of our lives. How blessed are the people who are so situated; How blessed are the people whose God is the LORD!

Moses said something like this once…      🙂

“Now therefore, I thank you Father, that I have found favor in your sight….thank you that you are letting me know all your ways… that I am getting to know you better every day.  Thank you for walking and talking with me every day in the garden of my life….and… I thank you Father, for showing me your glory… for letting me experience it over and over again”

And God said to Philip….. “My presence shall continue to go with you and I will give you rest each day in my Son… for you have found favor in My sight, and I have known you by name…. I Myself will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim My name before you; and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show compassion on whom I will show compassion. But you cannot see My face, for no man can see Me and live!”

Then the LORD continued, “Behold, there is a place by Me, and you shall stand there on the Rock, the rock Who is My Son; and it will come about, while My glory is passing by, that I will  put you in the Rock  and cover you with My hand until I have passed by.”

Then the LORD passed by in front of Philip who is in the Rock and proclaimed, “The LORD God, the LORD who is your God, is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth; who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He has by no means left the guilty unpunished, and visited the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations……yet He has provided His perfect Son as the Lamb of God, who has taken that punishment upon Himself and provided redemption and life in Him…..in His Rock, who is Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Father, I proclaim to principalities and powers that the above words contain the description of Your very character which You brought forth on the earth in the incarnation of your Son Jesus… the Word became Flesh and dwelt amongst us….and you have placed that Word in our hearts so that we may be transformed into the image of your Son as we live our lives in Him in order for Him to live His life in us… filling this whole earth with your Glory in us. I ask you to apply all that you said to Moses to myself, to my family, my friends and all those who belong to you.

Having done all…I now stand. I once again enter into your Sabbath rest this evening…thank you for another incredible day… I look forward to all you have in store for us tomorrow.  We are dangerous to the evil one because we walk with you and are determined to live in you… so you can live in us… and… you said… greater things will we do than even you have done. … So be it!