David’s Prayer For God To Shame Those Who Magnify Themselves Over Us

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Psalm 35

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Contend, O Lord, with those who contend with me;
Fight against those who fight against me.
Take hold of buckler and shield
And rise up for my help.
Draw also the spear and the battle-axe to meet those who pursue me;
Say to my soul, “I am your salvation.”

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Let those be ashamed and dishonored who seek my life;
Let those be turned back and humiliated who devise evil against me.
Let them be like chaff before the wind,

With the angel of the Lord driving them on.
Let their way be dark and slippery,
With the angel of the Lord pursuing them.

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For without cause they hid their net for me;
Without cause they dug a pit for my soul.
Let destruction come upon him unawares,
And let the net which he hid catch himself;
Into that very destruction let him fall.

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And my soul shall rejoice in the Lord;
It shall exult in His salvation.
10 All my bones will say, “Lord, who is like You,
Who delivers the afflicted from him who is too strong for him,
And the afflicted and the needy from him who robs him?”
11 Malicious witnesses rise up;
They ask me of things that I do not know.
12 They repay me evil for good,
To the bereavement of my soul.

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13 But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth;
I humbled my soul with fasting,
And my prayer kept returning to my bosom.
14 I went about as though it were my friend or brother;
I bowed down mourning, as one who sorrows for a mother.
15 But at my stumbling they rejoiced and gathered themselves together;
The smiters whom I did not know gathered together against me,
They slandered me without ceasing.
16 Like godless jesters at a feast,
They gnashed at me with their teeth.

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17 Lord, how long will You look on?
Rescue my soul from their ravages,
My only life from the lions.
18 I will give You thanks in the great congregation;
I will praise You among a mighty throng.

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19 Do not let those who are wrongfully my enemies rejoice over me;
Nor let those who hate me without cause wink maliciously.
20 For they do not speak peace,
But they devise deceitful words against those who are quiet in the land.
21 They opened their mouth wide against me;
They said, “Aha, aha, our eyes have seen it!”

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22 You have seen it, O Lord, do not keep silent;
O Lord, do not be far from me.
23 Stir up Yourself, and awake to my right
And to my cause, my God and my Lord.
24 Judge me, O Lord my God, according to Your righteousness,
And do not let them rejoice over me.

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25 Do not let them say in their heart, “Aha, our desire!”
Do not let them say, “We have swallowed him up!”
26 Let those be ashamed and humiliated altogether who rejoice at my distress;
Let those be clothed with shame and dishonor who magnify themselves over me.

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27 Let them shout for joy and rejoice, who favor my vindication;
And let them say continually, “The Lord be magnified,
Who delights in the prosperity of His servant.”
28 And my tongue shall declare Your righteousness
And Your praise all day long.

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Putting “Biblical Perspectives On Narcissism” Into Perspective

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  1. Notice how David says “Judge me”. He knew he was standing on Gods Righteousness… “Judge me, O Lord my God, according to Your righteousness”. He is asking do my ways line up with Yours Lord? The way David was living he knew he was standing on Gods righteous principals. When he did this he new God would deal with the other person, like when David had dealt with Goliath. Read that story again, Davids strength was not his little sling it was a Big God. Maybe like me, when I experienced or recognized Gods wrath when I was taking my own vengeance, I recognized God was working in me and I changed. But when I asked God to vindicated me I stood on the principals of giving mercy, grace and forgiveness and other principals and let God do the work. This took time but I found that God had dealt with my Narcissist the same way he did me and changed them. We change a little at at time and i seen movement. It was like God was testing me to stand firm first and wait on what the Lord wanted. God was looking for faithfulness. David is listing the things done to him and asking God to vindicate him and for God to be with those who are with him rejoicing In what God does when He is magnified. God is big we are small. Believe me if you look at a person as someone God loves, like yourself, you cannot force this person to change. But if we change our response to them, then God can change the other person. If we approach them as God would with them with lots of love, mercy, grace and forgiveness this is opposite of what our sinful nature would do, then God can work through you and me magnifying God. Jesus our example poured out his grace for the whole world when he died for our sins. We all continue to sin in different ways if we say we have no sin then the truth is not in us. So don’t look more highly of yourself than you ought but look to God as a humble sinner knowing what that forgiveness costed Him. Don’t get forgiveness mixed up with trust. Even though we are forgiven God puts us to the test to see if we are sincere and faithful, are we trustworthy Luke 16:10-14? I don’t think Jesus is just talking about money here (True riches). We can actually be using Gods word with contempt if we are hurting someone in the process of trying to force change on them. Sin always hurts! Gods way is to give grace and making Gods way attractive Titus 2 in whole. Matthew 18:6 Jesus reminds us to be careful because even causing a stumble is bad.

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