1O LORD, I have come to you for protection;
don’t let me be disgraced.
Save me, for you do what is right.
2Turn your ear to listen to me;
rescue me quickly.
Be my rock of protection,
a fortress where I will be safe.
3You are my rock and my fortress.
For the honor of your name, lead me out of this danger.
4Pull me from the trap my enemies set for me,
for I find protection in you alone.
5I entrust my spirit into your hand.
Rescue me, LORD, for you are a faithful God.
6I hate those who worship worthless idols.
I trust in the LORD.
7I will be glad and rejoice in your unfailing love,
for you have seen my troubles,
and you care about the anguish of my soul.
8You have not handed me over to my enemies
but have set me in a safe place.
9Have mercy on me, LORD, for I am in distress.
Tears blur my eyes.
My body and soul are withering away.
10I am dying from grief;
my years are shortened by sadness.
Sin has drained my strength;
I am wasting away from within.
11I am scorned by all my enemies
and despised by my neighbors—
even my friends are afraid to come near me.
When they see me on the street,
they run the other way.
12I am ignored as if I were dead,
as if I were a broken pot.
13I have heard the many rumors about me,
and I am surrounded by terror.
My enemies conspire against me,
plotting to take my life.
14But I am trusting you, O LORD,
saying, “You are my God!”
15My future is in your hands.
Rescue me from those who hunt me down relentlessly.
16Let your favor shine on your servant.
In your unfailing love, rescue me.
17Don’t let me be disgraced, O LORD,
for I call out to you for help.
Let the wicked be disgraced;
let them lie silent in the grave.a
18Silence their lying lips—
those proud and arrogant lips that accuse the godly.
19How great is the goodness
you have stored up for those who fear you.
You lavish it on those who come to you for protection,
blessing them before the watching world.
20You hide them in the shelter of your presence,
safe from those who conspire against them.
You shelter them in your presence,
far from accusing tongues.
21Praise the LORD,
for he has shown me the wonders of his unfailing love.
He kept me safe when my city was under attack.
22In panic I cried out,
“I am cut off from the LORD!”
But you heard my cry for mercy
and answered my call for help.
23Love the LORD, all you godly ones!
For the LORD protects those who are loyal to him,
but he harshly punishes the arrogant.
24So be strong and courageous,
all you who put your hope in the LORD!
In part two of our Courageous Commitment Series, we discussed what commitment looks like still focusing on Psalm 35:5. First, we discussed the importance of getting rid of the works mentality. A works mentality only sets us up to fail. Second, we discussed the necessity of focusing on the fruit. Jesus said that we would be able to know others who believe in Him by the fruit of their lives. Fruit requires transformation and death to self. Third, we shared the process of reviewing and reminding ourselves what God has done in the past as the Israelites did using memorial stones at sites of deliverance. Lastly, we talked about the Sword of the Spirit, the Living Word of God, and how to use it to make declarations and decrees bringing Kingdom reality to the natural realm. Once again, this practical application is great, but now it’s time for action.
TAKE ACTION- Read Psalm 35 in its entirety to see how honest David was with God. He didn’t mince words or pretend. I love the raw emotion David uses depicting his intimacy with God. David was known as a man after God’s own heart. Yet, he was far from perfect. He approached God with confession on his lips and fire in his heart. David’s heart was a conduit to intimacy because he was committed in every way possible.
I encourage you to keep a prayer journal to remind yourself of how God has worked in the past. Make it your memorial stone. I also encourage you to write Biblical declarations and decrees based on areas that need breakthrough in your life. You don’t need to be a Bible scholar, just look up a topic in the Bible ( or Google it) and let Holy Spirit guide you. For instance, if you struggle with your health you may search bible verses on healing. Giving all of ourselves means body, soul, and spirit, so come before God ready and prepare to leave changed.
Below is a template that covers all that we discussed. Make your own prayer journal using this template. I suggest starting with once a week, and increase it as the Holy Spirit leads. This is not meant to be something overwhelming, but a conduit to intimacy. You don’t need a prayer journal to pray! Pray daily, but use this template as your memorial stone visiting it throughout your week, and speaking aloud the declarations and decrees God places on your heart.
PRAYER JOURNAL TEMPLATE
(Review who God is) Lord, I praise You because You are….
(Repent for your sins) Forgive me for….
(Request) I am here at Your feet Lord, asking you to ( insert how you also feel like David did)…
(Remind yourself) Thank You, Lord, that You are faithful for Your Word says… ( insert scripture that speaks to what you are asking for)
(Resist the Enemy)I declare and decree… (create declarations and decrees using the scripture above regarding the situation and speak them aloud daily)
(Rest in His Presence) Hear His Voice (Close your eyes and just sit in His presence. Is there anything you are seeing, sensing, or feeling? Write it down
(Review) Prophetic Words- If there are any prophetic words you receive regarding your situation add them in for encouragement
(Response) The answer to Prayer… Has the request been answered? How?
Prayer Starter: Lord, help me to be consistent in my intimacy with You. Nothing takes the place of being in Your presence. Help me to use this prayer journal template to bring your glory front and center in my life. Let me be reminded of who You are and how You are working in my life. Show me how to be courageously committed to You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.