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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Fulfillment (04/06/06)

TITLE: ‘God Most High, the God who fulfills His purpose for me’ (Psalm 57)
By Suzanne R
04/10/06


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NO-O-O-O-O-O-O-O-O-O-O…….

My dear Mara, I want to listen to you thrash it out over and over. I’m itching to seriously hurt the selfish fools causing you so much grief. If only I could snap my fingers and make everything better….

Since receiving your letter this afternoon, I’ve thought of nothing else. The tears flow, my fists are clenched, and I’ve expressed just the tip of my anger on the chopping board. The vegetables were hacked to pieces tonight. If that is how I feel as your friend, I can’t begin to imagine your turmoil. Are you feeling betrayed? No wonder. Guilty? Don’t. God knows. You are innocent.

I hate being half a world away. I ache to hug you. I certainly don’t want to preach at you. But I need to see a ray of light in this blackness. Do you mind listening in as I review a favourite Psalm? Is that okay?

“I cry out to God Most High, to God, who fulfills his purpose for me.” (Psalm 57:2NIV)

Did you get that? God has a purpose for each of us, and will fulfill it. That’s not to say that those horrible people don’t deserve to suffer. But they can’t block God’s purpose for you.

Turn to Psalm 57. See the introduction? David wasn’t king yet, but his popularity was growing, and King Saul was losing the plot big time. David wrote this when he was hiding in the caves as Saul’s men tried to kill him. He surely was in the right, if ever a man was. Can you identify?

Look at how David describes himself. Does it sound familiar? Flying to God for refuge? Pleading with God for mercy? Pursued? Lying helpless among ‘ravenous beasts’? Surrounded by people whose tongues are like ‘sharp swords’?

I wonder if you can identify with the bits about God sending His love and faithfulness, and giving refuge in the shadow of His wings? If you’re as angry as I am, you probably just want action, right?

David was huddling in a cave when he penned these words. And you’re huddling in a ball of despair. I’m a growling, fearsome bulldog on your behalf, yet without teeth and tethered tightly far from the action.

The first half of the Psalm finishes with a prayer. David writes, “Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth.” (Psalm 57:5 NIV). It’s an interesting concept when he was in such a horrible predicament. I’d rather pray for painful revenge. But I guess this prayer is more godly.

David explains next how the traps set by his enemies caught only his enemies themselves. May God do the same for you. If only I could choose incredibly vicious traps. Destruction – bring it on!

Then David does something weird. He sings about a steady heart. He wants to wake up the dawn. Sing? How could his heart possibly have been steady? My heart and stomach have churned ever since I received your news. It must be related to David’s focus on the God who fulfills His purpose for us. And look – he sang in the darkness before the dawn had broken. Maybe God will help you reach that point too? Miracles happen. I’d rather the enemies just fall into their own disgusting traps.

Next comes a vow. “I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples…” (Psalm 57:9NIV). David seemed pretty sure he would be rescued eventually. I suppose God get you through this mess too? After all, he is the God who fulfills His purpose for us.

The Psalm says that God’s love reaches the heavens and His faithfulness to the skies. I can’t see a shred of evidence of His love and faithfulness in your situation. Still, I guess David couldn’t when he wrote in the dim light of that cave either. That didn’t change the truth of who God is, though, did it?

David closes the Psalm with the same phrase he used half way through. “Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth.” (Psalm 57:11NIV)

I feel so helpless … all I can do for you is pray. Somehow, I’ll try to pray more like a Christian, and less like a mad woman set on revenge.

God Most High, please help my friend. And as you fulfill your purpose for her, may everyone around see how amazing you are.

Love and prayers,

Amity


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Melanie Kerr 04/13/06
What a creative idea - to set the teaching of a pslam in a letter. I found that I wanted to know what had happened to Mara. It also challenged me to pray more for the needs of those people I know whao are going through tough times.
Helen Paynter04/14/06
Yes, godly exposition well executed. As for 'the songs that awaken the dawn' - I've never quite grapsed that, but you helped. Thank you
Pat Guy 04/14/06
Precious! What a creative way to present a devotional. As my dawn breaks I am thankful I get to start my day with these teachings. You've captured such a wide range of emotions sincerly and honestly. This was a blessing to my heart.
Karen Ward04/14/06
I really appreciated Amity's candour. No pretending to be the perfect Christian, just open honesty, but with a determination to trust in His word too. Great way to present some hope filled lessons.

:) Karen
Amy Michelle Wiley 04/14/06
I, too, enjoyed the format of this entry. Good job!
Shelley Snyder04/14/06
Well done, indeed!
Crista Darr04/16/06
I've never read anything quite like this, which is kudos to your creativity. I'm blessed. It is as if you are writing this piece to me. :)
Lynda Lee Schab 04/17/06
As someone else mentioned, I also found myself wondering what happened to Mara. Wonderful, vivid writing, as always. You made the Psalm come alive for me. Well done!
Jan Ackerson 04/17/06
This is awesome! I love the names you picked for your two correspondents, and Amity's voice is perfect. A friend, not a preacher--a real person, in fact. One of my picks this week, for sure.
Debbie Sickler04/17/06
I love how you've described the anger and frustration felt as a friend unable to physically help. The line: "I’m a growling, fearsome bulldog on your behalf, yet without teeth and tethered tightly far from the action." And also: "If only I could choose incredibly vicious traps. Destruction – bring it on!" are perfect. You've described so well a human friend with human emotion, who is still trying to act according to God's words. Great job Suzanne!
Jean Elizabeth 04/17/06
What a creative way to share a Psalm and make it applicable to our lives today! I really wanted to know what had happened to Mara but it was just nosiness on my part, not essential to your piece. I especially liked the honesty of the emotions! Good job!
Beth Muehlhausen04/18/06
Very emotional, earnest, and honest...loved the honesty!!
Debbie OConnor04/18/06
I like the brutal honesty expressed here. This very day I heard of a situation that makes me want to scream, "Noooo!" with Amity. Psalms are certainly encouraging in times like this. Well done.
Garnet Miller 04/18/06
It's good that Amity was so honest with her friend. I would like to know more about the situation that Mara is in. It builds the suspense and makes you want to read on for a glimpse of her problem revealed. Great story!
Linda Watson Owen04/19/06
Yes, I agree with all the above...a super job for sure!!
Valora Otis04/20/06
We all need friends that feel so fiercely, and counsel us with spirit of truth and righteousness. Beautifully written. I felt it.
Judy Hollins04/25/06
Good work as always Suzanne! Very pwoerful and really spoke to me with where I'm at at the moment. Luv Judy
B Brenton05/04/06
"Somehow, I’ll try to pray more like a Christian, and less like a mad woman set on revenge."

Awesome line.

It's still very you. "Bring it on!" :P

It do love the contrasts though.

Ahhh, David... haven't we all been there?