Lord, Let Me Not Blow It

Lord, the Lord Almighty, may those who hope in you not be disgraced because of me;
God of Israel, may those who seek you not be put to shame because of me. Psalm 69:6

David’s words can be summed up by the title of this devotional, “Lord, let me not blow it.” As a leader David knew what it would be like for his followers when he fell out of favor with new leadership: scorn and derision. It’s like that anywhere. If you are following a political leader and that leader lies, since you associate yourself with that person, you are immediately painted with similar accusations and worse for following that person. David understood true loyalty – Jonathan (son of the leader who was chasing David) being a perfect example of loyalty.

Most people reading this have been loyal to people who have “fallen” so to speak. You’ve endured scorn and derision. As followers of Christ, we understand scorn. And yet we still follow.

It’s becoming increasingly unpopular to be a Christian in American society. Christianity is fair game for derision in Hollywood, on TV shows, and in politics. Currently there is very little “push back” from the Christian community but that’s starting to change.

As loyal subjects of the King of Kings, pray for wisdom when and where Christ is openly mocked and scorned. As Jesus Himself said in Luke 12:12

“When they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not worry about how or what you are to speak in your defense, or what you are to say; for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.”

We’ll be given wisdom and the exact words to say.

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