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O Lord, how long?

Understanding Spiritual Warfare – Psalm 6

David cried to God; “I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears.” Psalm 6:6

“My soul is also sore vexed: but thou, O Lord, how long?” Psalm 6:3

All he’s trying to say is Lord I’m tired. Then he realised something, maybe the Lord is angry with me. Remember, the Lord knows you through and through my friend. To the angel of the church in Thyatira he said;

“These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass; I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first….and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.” Revelation 2:18-23

He says in Mark 11:24-26, “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.

He said, “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name… forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.” Matthew 6:9,12

I like this verse though, and it’s a big one; in Matthew 5:23-24 He says, “Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.

Leave your sacrifice there beside the altar and go and apologize and be reconciled, (whether it’s with God or man) and then come and offer your sacrifice to God. Don’t dare continue with unconfessed offences because we saw above that He said, “I will give unto every one of you according to your works.”

Therefore search your heart, search yourself, even if it’s a battle, you will be defeated the same way Joshua was defeated at Ai when “the children of Israel committed a trespass in the accursed thing: for Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took of the accursed thing: and the anger of the Lord was kindled against the children of Israel.” Joshua 7:1

It wouldn’t help to cry all night, to water your  pillow with your tears when deep down your heart you know you’ve taken the accursed thing. Let God heal you first!

David said, “Have mercy upon me, O Lord; for I am weak: O Lord, heal me; for my bones are vexed.” Psalm 6:2 and verse 4, “Return, O Lord, deliver my soul: oh save me for thy mercies’ sake.

Then may Israel say, “Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity; for the Lord hath heard the voice of my weeping. The Lord hath heard my supplication; the Lord will receive my prayer. Let all mine enemies be ashamed and sore vexed: let them return and be ashamed suddenly.” Psalm 6:8-10


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