* The following was taken from Doug Giles’ new best-selling book, Psalms of War: Prayers That Literally Kick Ass (#1 on Amazon.com).
King David’s brothers hated him.
King Saul was jealous of David and tried to kill him twice.
A big chunk of the “people of God” followed King Saul and they too wanted David dead.
Welcome to church, eh?
The “People of God” were right up there with the Philistines as being a major pain in the butt for David.
Strange, isn’t it?
Here’s how it plays out in our day.
When one first becomes a Christian everything seems so new and refreshing. Everyone’s glad you got converted. You want to tell your story and people want to hear it. It’s a wonderful little newlywed kind of feeling and then all of the sudden, once God gives you a vision, or you do something for God that other dullards cannot or would not do, then the sweet fellowship you enjoyed with the brethren evaporates like a pack of smokes at an AA meeting and gets replaced with envious “Christians” praying for your ruin.
Let me guess, they didn’t tell you that in youth group?
David’s intimacy and exploits for God drew out the worst in the people of God. Sure, some loved it, but make no mistake, others hated his guts because of his zeal and God’s unique favor on his life.
David said these folks prayed for his ruin, tried to kidnap his soul, got a kick out of making him miserable, and booed and jeered him without mercy.
If you’re going through similar gobbledegook from the “People of God” as David did in Psalm 40 then please take a gander at this psalm and pray it like the third monkey trying to get on Noah’s Ark.
Psalm 40: 13 Be pleased, Lord, to rescue me;
Hurry, Lord, to help me.
14 May those be ashamed and humiliated together
Who seek my life to destroy it;
May those be turned back and dishonored
Who delight in my hurt.
15 May those be appalled because of their shame
Who say to me, “Aha, aha!”
16 May all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You;
May those who love Your salvation continually say,
“The Lord be exalted!”
17 But I am afflicted and needy;
May the Lord be mindful of me.
You are my help and my savior;
Do not delay, my God.
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