Psalm 25:1-3 (NLT) “O Lord, I give my life to you. I trust in you, my God! Do not let me be disgraced, or let my enemies rejoice in my defeat. No one who trusts in you will ever be disgraced, but disgrace comes to those who try to deceive others.”
There are 150 Psalms included in the Bible. Almost half of them, 72 actually, speak about enemies. When you think about an enemy who or what do you think about? Someone with whom you are at war….right? As Christians, we have one enemy…SATAN and he has a knack for “spinning things” up to take our focus off of Christ and shift them to the chaos of this world.
He, Satan, is the greatest enemy we will ever face. Since the Garden of Eden, Satan has stopped at nothing to try and get us to rethink the decision we made to follow Christ. His intentions are to plant seeds of doubt and make us question the truth of God’s word. He constantly discourages us by making us look at our problems rather than to Christ. He creates diversions by making the “wrong” things seem so attractive. Afterall, sin is a blast isn’t it, or no one would do it. 1 Peter 5:8 tells us to “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”
The other thing Satan seems to do is make us feel defeated. He has a knack of making us feel like failures so we don’t even want to try. I can’t tell you how many times I have wanted to crawl under a rock and never come out. But I know that is not what God wants for me. He wants me to succeed.
Finally, Satan can keep putting “things” in our path to help us put off doing something important (like something God has called us to do) so that it never gets done. There is an interesting acronym for the word “busy” that I’d like to share with you. Ready for it?
WOW! That’s what I said the first time I heard this little acronym. I will never think of the word “busy” the same way again.
David recognized in Psalm 25 that those who trust in God will never be disgraced or shamed. If you are feeling “buried” today, hang in there! By placing your trust in Jesus, the enemy of your soul will not defeat you nor will the “stuff” of this world. Just keep your focus on Christ and cling to His promises.