Realizing the presence, promise, and power of the Kingdom of God.

John Nunnikhoven

John Nunnikhoven is a member of The Fellowship of Ailbe and has begun working toward what, Lord willing, will become a re-awakening of the Church as a body directed into living the Kingdom in the here and now as it awaits the yet to come.
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Psalm 10:1-4

Why, O LORD, do you stand far away? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble? In arrogance the wicked hotly pursue the poor; let them be caught in the schemes that they have devised. For the wicked boasts of the desires of his soul, and the one greedy for gain curses and renounces the LORD. In the pride of his face the wicked does not seek him; all his thoughts are, "There is no God."

Lord, as You told Ananias about Paul, "We must suffer for Your namesake." Give us strength in the face of persecution, help us to stand firm in adversity, fill us with the wisdom to refute those who say, "There is no God."



 

Psalm 10:5-7

His ways prosper at all times; your judgments are on high, out of his sight; as for all his foes, he puffs at them. He says in his heart, "I shall not be moved; throughout all generations I shall not meet adversity." His mouth is filled with cursing and deceit and oppression; under his tongue are mischief and iniquity.

As the times draw to an end, willful, sinful man becomes more and more boastful of his supposed self-sufficiency. Lord, arrogance becomes the watchword of the day. Let me not become caught up in attempting to refute this self-centeredness, but to quietly live a life of praise and thanksgiving that gives all glory to You rather than to my frail and faulty self-worth.

 

Psalm 10:8-11

He sits in ambush in the villages; in hiding places he murders the innocent. His eyes stealthily watch for the helpless; he lurks in ambush like a lion in his thicket; he lurks that he may seize the poor; he seizes the poor when he draws him into his net. The helpless are crushed, sink down, and fall by his might. He says in his heart, "God has forgotten, he has hidden his face, he will never see it."

Lord, how clever is the Evil One? He sets his agents as wolves in sheep's clothing, as innocent diversions from the cares of life and as contemporary expressions of worshiping You. There they hide, seeking to snatch the un-alert from their place in the Kingdom and to rob them of their joy.

 

Psalm 10:12-15

Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up your hand; forget not the afflicted. Why does the wicked renounce God and say in his heart, "You will not call to account"? But you do see, for you note mischief and vexation, that you may take it into your hands; to you the helpless commits himself; you have been the helper of the fatherless. Break the arm of the wicked and evildoer; call his wickedness to account till you find none.

But You, O Lord, do not forget us. You set Your word as a two-edged sword in our hands to defend us and as a lamp for our feet and a light to our path. Stand between us and the machinations of the Evil One.



 

Psalm 10:16-18

The LORD is king forever and ever; the nations perish from his land. O LORD, you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.

How comforting, my Lord, to know that You are King forever and ever. To know that these light and momentary afflictions are preparing us for the eternal weight of glory.

 

Psalm 119:7-8

I will praise you with an upright heart, when I learn your righteous rules. I will keep your statutes; do not utterly forsake me!

Lord, there is a note of anticipation in these verses. The writer looks forward to the day when he will fully know and understand Your righteous rules. And he mirrors my sense of now/not-yet as I strive to learn Your word more thoroughly, to absorb it into the fabric of my being, to make it such an integral element of who I am that there is no discernible seam between You and my reflection of Your glory. I know that the blooming of that perfection will not happen until that new heaven and new earth, but I thank You and praise You, that there is a daily progression.



Psalm 11:1-3 To the choirmaster. Of David.

In the LORD I take refuge; how can you say to my soul, "Flee like a bird to your mountain, for behold, the wicked bend the bow; they have fitted their arrow to the string to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart; if the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?"

You, O Lord, are my mountain, You are my rock of safety, You are my hiding place of perfect tranquility, You are my wellspring of peace. I must flee to You in every circumstance, for You are the maintainer of the foundation, You are the cornerstone of life.

Psalm 11:4-6

The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD's throne is in heaven; his eyes see, his eyelids test the children of man. The LORD tests the righteous, but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence. Let him rain coals on the wicked; fire and sulfur and a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart ... and He will make straight your paths." Trust You! Trust You! Trust You! Trust You! Perhaps I need to be that small child back in third grade writing, "I will not talk in class" 100 times. Trust in You with all my heart" You will rain coals on the wicked, You will resolve problems with family and technology, You will my portion be. Praise You, my Lord and my Master.



Psalm 11:7

For the LORD is righteous; he loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold his face.

"This is eternal life, to know You, the only true God and Jesus Christ whom You have sent." Is this not the reward for obedience, Lord? To know You, to behold Your face? Is it not that as I seek to follow Your leading, that You are revealed more and more to me? As the debriding of a wound, so does obedience work on my heart and conscience to create a habitation suitable for the Presence. I am becoming a temple of the only true God.

Psalm 12:3-4

May the LORD cut off all flattering lips, the tongue that makes great boasts, those who say, "With our tongue we will prevail, our lips are with us; who is master over us?"

Lord, protect me from myself, protect me from that pride of knowledge, skill and accomplishment that makes great boasts, even if never voiced but does not acknowledge that You are the Lord and Master of my life. For You are not truly Lord and Master when I continue to be a rebellious and boastful servant.

Psalm 12:1-2 To the choirmaster: according to The Sheminith. A Psalm of David.

Save, O LORD, for the godly one is gone; for the faithful have vanished from among the children of man. Everyone utters lies to his neighbor; with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.

Lord, I need Your protection for I am quick to believe those who flatter, feeding my ego and pleasing my ears. I need to learn, and only from You and Your wisdom can I learn, to separate the genuine from the fool's gold and how to respond appropriately in each circumstance. When will I learn that humility and contrition are the only proper attitudes for one of Your chosen?

 

Psalm 12:5

"Because the poor are plundered, because the needy groan, I will now arise," says the LORD; "I will place him in the safety for which he longs."

O, what a promise, my Lord. Your strong right arm will intervene, it does come between me and my doubts, my pride, my sin-filled nature. Praise You, Lord as You fill my heart with that Peace that passes all understanding.

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