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Psalm 1219
by Herman Salazar Jr 
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Every step I take, Father,

it is so easy to sin

especially when it’s something

I’ve been used to all my life.

Just by failing to good

when given the opportunity,

I can sin.

Your word guides me

down the road to avoid:

“For out of the heart proceeds evil thoughts,

murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts,

false witness, blasphemies.” (Matthew 15:19)

“Do you not know that the unrighteous will not

Inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived

neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers,

nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves,

nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers,

nor extortioners, will inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6:9)

Now the works of the flesh are evident,

which are adultery, fornication, uncleanness,

lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions,

jealousies, obursts of wrath, selfish ambitions,

dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness,

revelries, and the like; of which I tell you

before hand, just as I also told you in time past,

that those who practice such things will not

inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19-21)

Therefore putting away lying,

“Let each of you speak truth with his neighbor,”

for we are members of one another.

“Be angry and do not sin;” do not let the sun

go down on your wrath, nor give place

to the devil. Let him who stole steal no longer,

but rather let him labor, working with his hands

what is good, that he may have something

to give to him who has need. Let no corrupt

word proceed out of your mouth. But what is good

for necessary edification, that it may impart grace

to the hearers. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit

of God, by whom you were sealed for

the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath,

anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put

away from you with all malice. (Ephesians 4:25-31)

But fornication, and uncleanness, or covetousness,

let it not even be named among you. As is fitting

for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking,

nor course jesting, which are not fitting,

but rather giving of thanks. (Ephesians 5:3-4)

For men will be lovers of themselves,

lovers of money, boasters, proud,

blasphemers, disobedient to parents,

unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving,

slanderers, without self control, brutal,

despisers of good, traitors, head strong,

haughty, lovers pleasure rather than

lovers of God. (2 Timothy 3:2-4)

Whoever hates his brother is a murderer,

And you know that no murderer has eternal

life abiding in him. (1 John 3:22)

Anyone then, who knows the good he

ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins (James 4:17)

All of this surrounds me, Father,

it is hard to keep my feet upon the narrow path.

Even having the wrong attitude invokes sin:

You have heard that it was said to those of old,

“You shall not murder, and whoever murders

will be in danger of the judgment.’

“But I say to you, that whoever is angry with

his brother without a cause shall be in danger

of the judgment, and whoever says to his brother,

“Raca!” shall be in danger of the council.

But whoever says, “You fool!” shall be in danger

of hell fire. (Matthew 5:21-22)

“You have heard that it was said to those of old,

“You shall not commit adultery,’

“But I say to you that whoever looks

at a woman to lust for her

has committed adultery with her in

his heart. (Matthew 5:27-28)

O how temptation is covering the land,

and before me every living moment.

Though it isn’t sinful to be tempted,

it is sinful to give in.

Satan uses every trick to get us to give in.

“Blessed is the man who endures temptation,

for when he has been approved,

he will receive the crown of life, which

the Lord has promised to those who love Him.

Let no one say when he is tempted,

“I am tempted by God;”

for God cannot be tempted by evil,

nor does he himself tempt anyone

but each one is tempted when he

is drawn away by his own desires

and enticed. Then when desire has

conceived, it gives birth to sin;

and sin, when it is full grown

brings forth death. ( James 1:12-15)

I am tempted, Father,

even this moment, here and now,

as I write – I am tempted.

This feeling of temptation

is sometimes overwhelming

because it’s all I’ve ever known.

And even though I am tempted

I am not counted sinful,

until I give in.

Strength O Lord, I cry out for strength!

As I do, I cannot thank You enough,

for You have given me hope,

in this world that I once viewed

as hopeless.

Give me strength to endure temptation,

should blessings come my way,

I want them not for myself,

but rather I ask O Lord,

that the hope you’ve given me,

find those who suffer as I do.

Let it and may it

And the strength I find through You,

I ask, Father,

pour it out over Your entire body.

May the strength and hope

wash over us like a mighty flood,

into our hearts and minds

while seeking you earnestly

dark forces are trying to steal

away the love I’m finding in You.

It’s so hard to give it back freely,

when their faults include bodily harm

to me and those I love.

I haven’t given in and given

back what they give.

My blood is boiling and my anger

is mounting,

I feel like a super volcano

waiting to erupt at any moment.

The police don’t do anything,

They show no concern

almost as if they are waiting

for me to erupt.

They do nothing

when something should be done.

I need Your help, Father,

Delay no longer, Father!

Delay no more and STRIKE

with a blow of a forceful

fist – swing from above

and crush them completely!

Use the flood waters, use the wind

send the tornados, bring forth the lightning,

with devastating hail, and with scorching heat

burn them -

hit them so fast that they not even see it.

Let it be should they move against me

or those I love with

harmful intent.

Bondservants, obey in all things your masters

according to the flesh, not with eyeservice,
as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God.

And whatever you do, do it heartily,
as to the Lord and not to men,

knowing that from the Lord you
will receive the reward of the inheritance;

for you serve the Lord Christ.
But he who does wrong will be

repaid for what he has done, and there is no partiality. (Colossians 3:22-25)

My love lets me not strike back

it causes me to put my hope in You

knowing that You’ll strike for me,

here is my patience and belief.

I am angry, Father,

but I am not sinning because of my anger.

I am having a very hard time understanding

how a brother through Christ

can cause such havoc and harm

to those who give freely.

I'm beginning not to see them

as a brother but as an enemy.

He is they -

being more than one

and consisting of an army.

Make Your move, Father,

I ask this in Jesus’ name,


Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty,

Who was, and is, and is to come.

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