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if2 READ Psalm 7:1–5.
1 LORD my God, I take refuge in you; save and deliver me from all who pursue me, 2 or they will tear me apart like a lion and rip me to pieces with no one to rescue me.
3 LORD my God, if I have done this and there is guilt on my hands—
4 if I have repaid my ally with evil or without cause have robbed my foe—
5 then let my enemy pursue and overtake me; let him trample my life to the ground and make me sleep in the dust.

Read the psalm portion twice slowly. Then ask three questions and write out your answers:
▪️Adore—What did you learn about God for which you could praise or thank him?
🔹Thank you God for being MY God, a God that is a refuge, a God that saves, a God that delivers
▪️Admit—What did you learn about yourself for which you could repent?
🔹Teach me Holy Spirit to live in the “if’s” – if I have done this and there is guilt on my hands—if I have repaid my ally with evil or without cause have robbed my foe
When I’m involved in misunderstandings, search to see “if” it isn’t my fault, teach me to own my mistakes, misgivings, my shortcomings, my sin
▪️Aspire—What did you learn about life that you could aspire to, ask for, and act on?
🔹I’m learning to run to God, and then hand in hand to face the “if’s”, knowing there is nothing I can do to make Him love me more or nothing I can do to make Him love me less – I’m learning to trust Him to protect or to discipline – trust Him rather than trusting myself.

Once you have answered these three questions, you have your own meditation on the psalm. Now read the meditation in the book and incorporate its insights into your journal notes. Finally, turn your meditation—already categorized as adoration, confession, and aspiration—into personal prayer, using the provided “on-ramp” prayer as well. This will take you into the deep level of wisdom and insight the psalms can provide. – Excerpt From: Timothy Keller & Kathy Keller. “The Songs of Jesus.“

SMEAR CAMPAIGN. How do we deal with gossip and slander and the loss of our reputation? David shows us straightaway. He doesn’t say, “I will take refuge in God,” but rather shows that he already has, that he is already safe. How can he feel that way before he knows whether the smear campaign will be thwarted? The answer: if we trust in God’s wisdom and will, then we have peace regardless of the immediate outcome. It is only God’s opinion of us that counts, and that will prevail.

Prayer: Lord, some criticisms are terribly unfair. My deepest comfort is knowing that you see all things and will in the end set all things right. So I will not desperately defend myself or strike out at my accusers and insinuators. You know the truth, and that suffices for me. I leave this all in your hands. Amen… Just show me my heart, and if there is any evil in me, but the blood of Jesus wash it away, by the resurrection power make me anew “IF” need be.

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