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Posted on August 10, 2010

Have you ever read something in the Scripture and responded, “That is just not true!” I was reading in Psalm 41 this morning, verse 11 says, “By this I know that You are pleased with me, Because my enemy does not shout in triumph over me.” I do not know about you but that has not always been my experience. I have had a number of enemies shout in triumph over me. That really bothered me, because in the verse the implication seems to be that if I have been defeated by my enemy then the Lord is not pleased with me.

I started doing an inventory of defeats. That was a fun exercise. Then started spiraling into how can God not be pleased with me if I get defeated? My first response was to discount the passage and chalk it up to some genre specific issue so that I could make the Scripture not say what it seemed to be saying. Do you ever find yourself doing that? Struggling with what the text says; trying to make it fit with your experience; or working to explain what it seems to plainly say away?

As I was working through this in my journal – by the way, I have found that slowing down to physically write this stuff down really helps me to process it. As I was writing this down, the Lord adjusted my perspective. I was thinking of the enemy in terms of my experience, my history, my reality, now, the people and events with which I have struggled and in some cases been defeated. But He reminded me that the ultimate enemy is His enemy, Satan. He has won that victory. Satan cannot shout in triumph over me, he has been defeated.

I was reminded through this that when I am in a struggle with the Word of God, it is not a question of the Word being the issue. It is an issue of my perspective. My focus. My self-serving bent.

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