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"Thou through Thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me." (Psalm 119:98)

While the psalmist is referring to the fact that God’s commandments are with him at all times, it would seem that another way of looking at the verse might hold true as well. Namely that of feeling like our “enemies” are always with us. What is it that constantly nags at your heart and nips at your heels? A recurring bad habit or nightmare? A generational curse that you just can't seem to breach? How about a spate or state of depression that makes you feel like quitting for any number of reasons—or none at all? Rest assured, there will always be something that inspires us (for lack of a more pessimistic word) to keep our attention on God. When something continues to press its way to the forefront of our consciousness, you can be sure God is dealing with it in your life. That's a pretty safe barometer.

"I have seen an end of all perfection: but Thy commandment is exceeding broad." (Psalm 119:96)

Two verses prior does the psalmist express a pretty powerful point of view. "An end of all perfection..." I think we all want that. To find an upper limit to the complexity of the world around us. To be able to corral and then dismiss it and then do something akin to "going out and playing". I guess that's what we did as kids, it's something we do as adults too. The common thread through both the above and also the top verse would be "God's commandment(s)". When God begins to show you through His word the niche or calling or path down which He'd like to see you walk, you realize that, while it may be straight and narrow, it's the easiest thing you can do in light of Him. It trumps both perfection without life and love and also the ever-presentness of our "enemies".

"Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident. One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in His temple." (Psalm 27:3-4)

What is it you're afraid of? Is that what drives you? Are the things about which you're enthused springing from a true desire bequeathed by God—or are they merely an attempted escape route? I ask myself this question at times. I seek to frame it though in light of contentment.

"A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee." Psalm 91:7)

War is a powerful thing. If you can stay content and unafraid in the face of war... This means strategy and tactics planned against you. This means spiritual forces twining their unholy plans around yours and looking to entrap you in a net using anyone willing—whether they realize they are or not. This means everything you stand for and that makes you you will come into question and doubt. This means war. Oh, don't worry. The triumph is all yours because of what Jesus did (see Colossians 2:15). But if you begin to glimpse there is a conspiracy against you, and you can then say with David "in this will I be confident", you've made it. And to where exactly? It's everywhere you go because God's presence is with you by the Holy Spirit. So hang in there and you'll see the battle dissolve around you while God becomes your promise and your answer and your conscious, constant companion.

"I have set the Lord always before me: because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved." (Psalm 16:8)

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