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Crying For Your Mama

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Crying for Your Mama

One of the most uncomfortable passages in Psalms that I have read in recent years is found in Psalms 35.

David explains that there were some that hated him. More than that, the laid traps for him and even lied and brought trumped up charges against him.

These were the same people that David cared about. Those you love can hurt you the most. When they were sick, he fasted and prayed for them.  This was the thanks he got.

David’s defense caught me off guard. He didn’t try to defend him self.

  • Psa. 35:7 For without cause have they hid for me their net in a pit, which without cause they have digged for my soul.
  • Psa. 35:11 False witnesses did rise up; they laid to my charge things that I knew not.
  • Psa. 35:12 They rewarded me evil for good to the spoiling of my soul.
  • Psa. 35:13 But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom.
  • Psa. 35:14 I behaved myself as though he had been my friend or brother: I bowed down heavily, as one that mourneth for his mother.

David’s response to their injustice was to bow himself down heavily (put his head on the floor) and weep for them in the same manner, and with the same emotion he would have used at his own mother’s funeral.

Imagine, crying unto God for your enemies, like you would cry at the loss of your own mother.

If this is a picture of what my response to my enemy is suppose to be, then help me Jesus.

If I am to mourn for my enemies, like I am crying for my my dead mother, then what is my prayer for my brother or sister in Christ supposed to be like.

  • I am not sure our prayers are at the level in God they should be.
  • We are all too selfish, our prayers are all about us.

When Job prayed for his friends, God turned his world around.

What would it take to turn ours around?

Written by Martyn Ballestero

March 28, 2010 at 9:16 am

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  1. WOW! How eye opening! Thank you again Brother for your insightfullness into the Word!

    Willie Cox

    March 28, 2010 at 12:07 pm

  2. My husband and I love to hear you preach. We have heard so many sound preachers in our nearly 40 years of marriage and have seen so many changes in the last few years in Pentecost that has disturbed us so much. We believe in holiness inside and out. I believe the term politically correctness has spilled over in the church. I don’t go around spouting off what I believe but neither do I back down when I’m confronted about my convictions. Some of our friends and even close family members have really back down on the things they once stood for. My aunt and the church she attended went completely away from holiness. I am so thankful for men like you. Sis Ballestero stands out as an example of a Godly woman. Thank God for all you write on your blogs. It has really lifted our spirit to hang on to what we have been taught. God Bless You!

    Valeria Green

    March 28, 2010 at 2:38 pm

  3. WOW!!! Mind Changing to say the least..Thank you for your insight, I pray God helps me to do just that! Thank you for this today.

    Marisa Hartzell

    March 28, 2010 at 2:59 pm

  4. I’m afraid the older generation is feeling this. I read on FB where someone was wanting a musician for their church but no “judgemental music” I wanted to write and asked them what they meant.If music doesn’t help to feel conviction people can’t be saved.Keep writing.

    Marian June Davis

    March 28, 2010 at 8:26 pm

  5. I’ve heard your preaching through different websites. & enjoy listening to each one of them. Now i am starting to read your blog (it’s a new thing for me). This article is very encouraging for me to pray more earnestly. How i need it! Thank you.

    Surjanto Tirtabudi

    April 15, 2010 at 9:01 am

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