Our Own Worst Enemy 2
Notice the stark difference between these two passages. The second one follows closely on the heels of the first. We need to choose wisely which passage we will live in.
Psalms 106:11-12: And the waters covered their enemies: there was not one of them left. 12 Then believed they his words; they sang his praise.
Psalms 106:13-15: They soon forgat his works; they waited not for his counsel: 14 But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert. 15 And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul.
God got rid of all of Israel*s enemies. But one enemy quickly returned. Because of their short and depraved memories they repeatedly became their own worst enemies. When we forget God and His works we won*t seek His counsel, and so we also become our own worst enemies. We probably forget about God a hundred times a day and a hundred times a day we become our own worst enemies. When we don*t remember God and seek His advice we automatically go after our own lusts, we go after what we want. Often we remember God only long enough to ask Him for what we want. We seldom understand that forgetting our loving God and getting what we want leads to leanness in our souls and remembering Him and getting what He wants for us gives us fatness in our souls.
Judges 3:7: And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and forgat the LORD their God, and served Baalim and the groves.
1 Samuel 12:9: And when they forgat the LORD their God, he sold them into the hand of Sisera, captain of the host of Hazor, and into the hand of the Philistines, and into the hand of the king of Moab, and they fought against them.
Psalm 106:21: They forgat God their saviour, which had done great things in Egypt;
Psalm 9:17: The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.
Psalm 113:3: From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD*S name is to be praised.
We ought to put reminders of God everywhere we can. If we could in our imagination paint the words God loves me on the inside of our eyelids and be reminded of it every time we blink it would be a wonderful thing. Truly remembering Him gives us faith in Him and causes us to seek his counsel.
Deuteronomy 11:18-20: Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes. 19 And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. 20 And thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thine house, and upon thy gates: