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The Hounds of Hell

Psalm 56: 1 O God, have mercy on me, for people are hounding me. My foes attack me all day long. 2 I am constantly hounded by those who slander me, and many are boldly attacking me.3 But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you. 4 I praise God for what he has promised. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me?

5 They are always twisting what I say; they spend their days plotting to harm me. 6 They come together to spy on me— watching my every step, eager to kill me. 7 Don’t let them get away with their wickedness; in your anger, O God, bring them down.

Sometimes people decide they are going to hurt you and put you down. David was experiencing this very thing in the above verses and those who were after him were even twisting his words to back him into a corner. His answer to the situation was to call out to God who hears when we call and responds as only God can respond. His foes were after him and he was a very successful king, blessed by God. So those who were against him were also against what God was doing in his life and they were trying to pigeonhole everything he said and did. These foes were ruthless and what I consider The Hounds of Hell. They were not acting on behalf of the Lord and the Lord was going to deal with them himself because he loved David. God was not only going to take care of David by coming to his rescue, he knew every tear that David had cried over the matter and the following verses tell what God did with those tears. Psalms 56:8 You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.

The thing I wonder is "If these are fellow believers why are they attacking another believer?" The Word tells us to be encouragers and not to be jealous of each other, so why the attack? The agenda of the ones attacking David had to be one planned by satan, so why give him an audience in their lives by attacking someone so loved by God? The reasons are not so easily explained, but you can bet they come out of place that is stimulated by satan and the hounds of hell. What happens next is the best thing we could ever read.

In the next verses, David tells what is going to happen next. Psalms 56: My enemies will retreat when I call to you for help. This I know: God is on my side! 10 I praise God for what he has promised; yes, I praise the Lord for what he has promised. 11 I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me? So God not only keeps all of David's tears in a bottle and records them in his book, but he also protects and retaliates. David's trust in God is rewarded and his enemies are defeated by God. Oh, what a Savior!

The end result is David continuing to follow the path God has placed him on and he fulfills his commitment to the Lord and this also happens. God has his back!! Psalms 56 is a Psalm of David when the Philistines seized him in Gath and his cry to God. The Philistines were bad, bad people and hated David as an enemy. God's people should never come down on one of God's anointed and become The Hounds of Hell. We should always be loving, encouraging, and steadfast in our love for Jesus and those He has called. If things do get tough it is good to know that God stores all our tears in a bottle and records them in his book. We have such an awesome God!!

The Pilgrimage Continues

David Warren

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