Lesson 58 and 59 were about protection of the heart from lies and distractions, the Urim and the Thummim. We are safe but must always maintain our guard because the enemies are not yet destroyed. Unsound thinking, the kind that goes to anger and a desire for violence carries us along according to its nature, not ours, and we end up doing the evil we try to prevent. They will eventually win unless we have a source of strength that is greater than the whole world.
60. Godís Strength
O God, You have thrown us out and we are scattered. We have offended You. Please turn to us again. You have made the earth tremble and break apart. Heal it, for it is still shaking.
You have shown us hard things and we are amazed by them. You have set apart those who fear You, You see them because of the truth they know. So be it.
So that those who You love may find the victory, save them with the strength of your hand and hear me. God has spoken in his holiness and I will rejoice. I will explore and conquer all that He sets before me.
I have been to the mountains where the Lord revealed Himself to the faithful and where the strange gods are buried. I have gone in the valley and have not forgotten the land on both sides of the river. I remember with delight the lush hills north of the holy city and studied the law in the farmland to its south.
I have searched for water in the deserts and battled with many enemies in the high plains where evil is worshipped. I have stayed among the foreigners along the sea and ridden in their ships.
Who will guide me through all theses strange places? Who will lead me out of the land of evil? Will not You, O my God? You who set me drifting. Will You, O my God? You who scattered my friends. Give us help from our troubles, the help of men is no good.
With Godís help we will be brave, for it is his power that defeats our enemies.
Since lesson 54 we have been away from the very near presence of our vision of the holy city. We are back out in the world among hungry enemies who would destroy us without help. We are picking up armor through these twelve psalms, we are gaining defenses as we go along and now we are saved by the strength of Godís hand and we sing as we explore.
Years go by and we travel through the mountains, crossing many rivers visiting far away valleys. We live among a variety of different people learning their ways. We struggle to survive in hostile places and battle evil enemies. Does this sound familiar? Men are no help, it is through Godís helping strength that we are led out of trouble. Who will guide and protect us? It is the sword of the Spirit, it is Godís hand we carry that is able to defeat our enemies.
It is not by our doing that the world is made, and it is not by our understanding that the power of the Spirit comes to us. The Fatherís life gives us breath, his will gives direction to our being and his Spirit protects us under the shadow of his wings. We observe others and ourselves and begin to detect the presence of the Spirit. It cannot be viewed directly, our being is not quick enough to catch a glimpse. It gives a certain quality of richness and depth to our experience that is just past the ability of words to describe but our testament can be shown in our bravery.