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Beauty 12/365 – 2016

Beauty 12/365 – 2016

Beauty 12/365 – 2016

20150914-IMG_3808Then it will be known to the ends of the earth that God rules over Jacob.  Psalm 59:13

It’s interesting that Psalm 59’s prayer for deliverance when in danger from enemy attacks petitions God to consume and bring down evildoers and bloodthirsty men. But the psalmist asks God to prolong their punishment instead of acting in one sudden movement. Why? So that all would see and remember that God is above all things. He rules over Jacob.

What I find interesting is the name used for God’s people. Jacob instead of Israel. Jacob, the deceiver, not Israel, the prince of God.

God wants the deceiver in me to remember he is in control of the world. Wicked people who bring terror to others. Benign friends who seduce us with pleasure and wealth. Inflated pride of our own hearts. Enemies, inside or out, you, O LORD, laugh at them; you scoff at all those nations.  (vs 8)

I want to live as Israel, not Jacob. Rest secure and at peace, O my soul, that the Lord God is not undone, unseated, or struggling for power against the wicked.

O my Strength, I sing praise to you; you, O God, are my fortress, my loving God.  (vs 17)

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