Much has been said about the lack of video released for the Jan 6 event by the feds. You’ll find several videos on the page linked below. All I can say about the source is they are on the FBI’s Most Wanted page. Take it as you will.
Nor have I watched any of the videos on this page to date.
At this time I’ll state unequivocally, I am absolutely opposed to promoting, inciting or initiating violence of any sort.
That said, lemme ask you… if someone fires a weapon at a law enforcement officer, should the officer be allowed to defend himself? By what means? What if the officer was off-duty? What if the officer was retired? What if it was a private citizen rather than an officer? I’ll leave it at that.
As for the events of Jan 6, again, I refuse to excuse anybody who promoted, incited or initiated violence on that day. However I do expect those caught to be held to the same standard as any other citizen performing similar acts on any other day. The principle is called “equal protection under the law”.
The good news is, the plight of the political prisoners being held is gaining attention. The bad news is, the stink thus far is not pungent enough to allow even representatives of Congress access to either verify or dismiss the claims of abuse.
On another note, below is a video of two Michigan residents who were arrested (this is old news):
The video says these men were released. I found no listing for either Matthew Staley nor Shawn Floyd on the Capitol Breach Cases page
Isn’t that interesting? Maybe their names will turn up in the MI case concerning the plot to kidnap Governor Whitmer. Even more interesting is whether they would be defendants or witnesses for the prosecution.
Initial appearance / detention hearing on 1/7/21. Defendant released.
Preliminary hearing held on 1/28/21.
What was he charged with?
Unlawful Possession of a Firearm on Capitol Grounds or Buildings; Unlawful Entry or Remaining on Restricted Grounds without Lawful Authoirty; (SIC) Carrying a Pistol without a License Outside Home or Place of Business; Possession of a Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device
These are some of the most serious charges I’ve seen to date and yet he was released, while others, such as Joey Biggs, remains in custody. What is Mr. Biggs accused of?
Conspiracy; Obstruction of an Official Proceeding and Aiding and Abetting; Destruction of Government Property and Aiding and Abetting; Entering and Remaining in a Restricted Building or Grounds; Disorderly Conduct in a Restricted Building or Grounds
If you remember, I posted some of what Mr. Biggs had to say about is confinement on Tuesday. Yesterday, a group of GOP representatives attempted to see some of these prisoners. They were denied. I’ll post that story next.
Below you’ll find a couple of articles detailing accounts of prisoners arrested for the Jan 6 “armed insurrection”. This is what the controllers call it, while all last summer these same people refused to denounce “peaceful protesters” who burned cities, burned federal buildings, shot and brutalized at will.
There are many more articles out there, I have just begun to collect them.
By now if you haven’t seen the hoopla surrounding the latest smoke signals from the White House, go back to sleep. There’s no hope for you anyway. For the rest of us, well, I’m not sure if we should laugh, cry or simply say good-bye to our nation. I’m referring to the announcements concerning “misinformation” and the regime’s stated efforts to put things right, I suppose.
In effect Jen Psaki says they are working with social media, specifically Facebook, but she may have singled out others, to put a stop to Covid-19 “misinformation”. Apparently they are also working with SMS (text messaging) providers to cull wrongthink from texts we send each other. Of course, I imagine the first thought most of us have is “What about our 1st Amendment?”, followed by “What is stopping them from putting the skids on other forms of wrongthink?”, and then, “Who do they think they are?”. It’s this last supposed thought I’ll address here, hence the title.
Think about it. Fair warning, I am not, nor have I ever been Catholic, so anything I state about Catholicism is stuff I’ve picked up over the years. Take it with a grain of salt. That said, I understand the Pope is held as infallible and that’s where I’m coming from. It stands, then, to reason that Joe Biden, along with his coronation as p-Resident is now essentially declaring himself our New American Pope.
His holiness has to be infallible, otherwise how can he, unilaterally, declare what is TRUTH and what is falsehood? Now, I’ve only ever understood that the Catholic Pope is the only man on earth deemed to speak pure unmistakable words. Even certain kings, who believe themselves God have not overtly done such. (Keep in mind, I have not studied the topic in depth so I may, well be mistaken here but you get the point.) Now that I think about it, is it possible Ol’ Joe expects he should rise to the prominence of a Pharaoh, Chinese, Japanese or Roman emperor? These all considered themselves gods.
Pope or emperor, it makes no difference to me. The end result is the same. We can now see the beginnings of an entity who expects the world to see himself as bigger than life itself. Far too big to be constrained by a mere constitution. Why should he be bound by the laws of men? Why does he need a congress? Is he (should I now be rendering the pronoun He or HE?) not above all of this? Speaking of pronouns, I find it a bit difficult to get a grip on them. As we all know, we peasants are rarely blessed with direct communication from the great one himself. Such trifles are relegated to others, such as his press secretary. However, as I understand it, all of these decrees emanate from the source. In light of this it may be time to speak of our p-Resident in the plural Victorian. This we can use they instead of “him” or “he” and Mr. p-Resident can refer to themselves as “we” and “us”. I’m pretty sure even the Catholic Pope refrains from this.
So there you have it. We need no longer concern ourselves with what or how to think. We have The One who will tells us all TRUTH and will benevolently correct us when we run afoul. All of this courtesy of Joe Biden, our New American Pope… or Pharaoh… or Emperor. My apologies for not being more specific. I’m sure they will soon be forthcoming with the proper acceptable forms of address along with guidance concerning the correct title we subjects are expected to use.
Update: on further reflection, I considered how this post meshes with my current views. In other words how does this fit in, seeing as how I advocate turning to God Almighty to ask Him to restore our nation?
As noted above, historically, certain rulers have deified themselves. This is basically what is happening here. The controllers are elevating Joe Biden to a godlike status. The end result is the destruction of our nation is accelerating more and more each and every day. Remember that snowball?
I am not going to cite example after example. The controllers are attacking our republic on every level. How much longer to we have? I cannot say. How long before I am prohibited from saying?
Go to God now. Ask Him what He would have you do. Keep asking until you have an answer. Prayer is our first defense right now.
Note: This is most of the text from an email I sent to a fellow Christian I am corresponding with. I tried to edit out any irrelevant parts, but if something doesn’t seem to “fit”, that may be why.
Last night (Sunday) I caught part of Mark Levin’s show where he is currently promoting his book “American Marxism”. We purchased the book and I have just started it, however after absorbing a significant amount of the main ideas from his broadcasts, I can tell you right now, Levin is missing the mark. (no pun intended) Don’t get me wrong, I believe he is one of the better commentators and analysts of our time. That said, he is not seeing things from the spiritual aspect. Now maybe I am the one who is blind. But I feel this is an important take on what is happening around us. Here goes:
Again, I try to see the events of today in relation to the end times prophecy. Why? Because it is the one thing I am certain of. There will be a one-world government, along with all we’ve seen predicted.
Now, our nation is not found anywhere in scripture. Why? I don’t know. What I do know is there are a lot of things not included so, I do not concern myself with this. However everything plays a role, including our nation, so while we are not “included” we are not excluded either. What I am convinced of is there can be NO one-world government as long as the USA exists in our current form. Prophecy or not, this is easy to see.
With this in mind, everything happening today begins to make much more sense.
Levin says the reason the democrats (actually the globalists, they exist in all parties and outside of political parties) are pushing illegal immigration is to import more democrat votes into the nation. I believe he is at least partially mistaken. This is why:
1) When the globalists succeed in eliminating the electoral college, they will have turned our constitutional republic into a functional democracy. The mob will rule. Note they have already succeeded in corrupting the republic in respect of Senators, when they changed the constitution to elect them by popular vote in 1912. Yes. This is how long the globalists have planned the demise of our nation.
2) While flooding certain states and districts may be desirable to secure the remaining Senate and House seats to make their coup complete, I see this as secondary as they already effectively have control for the most part. Yes, they do need to boost votes in a handful of states but the current flood of new votes only accelerates the process
3) Once the ultimate goal of destroying our nation is understood, the ulterior motive of the globalists is clear. The massive importation threatens to strain local, state and federal budgets to the breaking point. Cloward-Piven is credited for outlining this.
4) The southern border of our nation is essentially erased. No border, no nation.
Now let’s turn to the other issues we see unfolding before our eyes.
Spending. Again, look to Cloward-Piven to understand the real goal is to drive inflation through the roof while “all of a sudden” coming to realize that “Gee, we’ve got to pay for this somehow.”. Look for massive tax increases to further destroy the middle class.
Bluntly put, the airwaves are fraught with examples of ways the globalists are trying to bring this nation down, from Merrick Garland inviting the UN to examine our human rights practices to CRT to the piece by piece dismantling of our God-given rights.
At this point I am only trying to unveil these things for what they really are. We need to have our eyes open. It may well be too late. This does not matter. It is not for us to determine. God has already put the timeline in place. HE has already determined not only the when but the what. IF our Heavenly Father chooses to restore our nation, it will only be temporary. Keep in mind we are talking about an eternal being who is already 2000 years late by some men’s reckoning. What if He chooses to allow our nation to fall? Our responsibility is the same, though our duties may change. Let me clarify.
As of today, I see our duty to our nation is to lay claim to our right to self-govern and to hold those who have usurped power and authority accountable. This duty remains unless and until the constitution is declared invalid and the transformation to some other form of government is complete. Should this happen then our nation is lost and our duty as citizens dissolved. Whether we decide to bow to the new rulers or not would then be an individual choice.
Our responsibility is today and always to do the Will of our Heavenly Father. Today, part of this responsibility is to do our duty as citizens as described above. We are granted freedom of speech and freedom of religion for a reason. We are to speak God’s Word. We are to LIVE God’s word. This responsibility transcends any and all governments. Whether this nation or whatever replaces it, we are to remain faithful to God Almighty and our Lord and Savior Jesus the Messiah. Our nation, our constitutional republic WILL be replaced, it is only a matter of timing. This was true from before the foundations of the earth.
As far as any fix is concerned, man cannot fix it. Only God can do this and He will. We just do not know how or when. The fix may indeed be God’s ultimate solution as prophesied. If there is to be something in the interim, this also is His prerogative, not ours. All we can do as Christians is individually seek out and do His will as best we can. If we rise up and hold forth the truth of God’s Word, then we can see great things happen. We cannot and should not do this with a view of “changing the world”. We only need to focus on doing what we are able to do. By doing this, God can enable us to do far more than we believe possible. Consider the time when Peter walked on water. He took the step. God kept him on the water rather than allow him to sink.
This is how I see things this morning. The clarity I had last night impresses upon me the urgency of any efforts we take. I am convinced time is short. The coming globalist foray is racing towards us as a snowball from a high mountain. It is sure to bring devastation.
ALL we can do is go to God immediately. For a long time now, I’ve moved beyond asking God for anything specific other than to make clear His Will for my life and a clear path to take. Strangely enough my scripture reading today in the OT was Psalm 25. I urge you to begin reading the Psalms, beginning with the first with a mind to how the words relate to things happening today. WE cannot do anything other than shine a light on the truth. We must do this regardless of what is happening in the world.
Go to God. He will show you what you need to know and do if you ask. Trust in this.
Well that is their stated intent. Pardon me if I look upon their professed good intentions with a wary eye. Like Ronald Reagan said, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the Government, and I’m here to help. ”
Sorry dudes, I refuse to be terrified.
One comment I read included an excellent idea I’m adding to my preparations (such as they are). I’m adding the phone number of my local Sheriff to my phone directory for quick access. What preparations you may ask. Simply this, I am requesting all family members follow suit should a government shadow cross our door.
Do not answer any questions.
Do not offer any information.
Request they leave the property immediately.
Call the Sheriff for assistance if necessary.
That’s it. I’m not looking for nor do I desire any drama here. Just go away.
Note: this is my reply to commenters on another blog who essentially dismissed our constitution and therefore our nation.
I, for one, am tired of this defeatism seemingly pervading even the conservatives posting online. Some seem to expect arm conflict. Some appear to lust for it. Yes, our constitution has been abused, trampled, even shredded. Yes we’ve seen our rights wiped out with the stroke of a pen time and time again. Wiped out… or so they think. I contend our rights are inalienable. By definition this means something that “can’t be transferred to someone else, taken away, or denied.” In practical terms, I have a right to breathe. One can indeed deny said right and even cut off my oxygen supply and thus deprive me of my life. Usurping my right to breath and cutting off my oxygen does not wipe out my right. In other words, my right still exists. In same sense, even a SCOTUS opinion denying one of my inalienable rights does not wipe it out. Thus even our vaunted Supreme Court must bow to God Almighty who gave us these rights.
Now, for those of you who pooh pooh our constitution, I have a question. Have you surrendered then? In other words, will you simply forfeit your God given rights as enumerated in the founding document of this nation and therefore are you ready to bow to your betters who ARE your betters by their own mere proclamation?
What then? What do you propose? War or armed conflict by some other name? Or maybe you plan to vote your way out of this. Oh. Yeah. Voting is something done in some recognized form of government.
Allow me to suggest that unless and until a formal declaration of the abandonment of our constitution is made and a new form of government is officially installed, by whatever method, our Constitution is still the law of the land.
As such we are still self-governing citizens. The mess our nation is now in is NOT entirely the fault of those who usurped power and authority by fraud or device – fraud being feigning to “represent” a group of citizens while actually representing their handlers. It is NOT the fault of those “deep state” players installed in powers of so-called authority by the usurpers. Whose fault is it then?
If we can blame anyone we should first look inward to ourselves as citizens. WE have allowed this to happen by consistently giving to the nod, time and time again, to those who openly and brazenly abuse their fiduciary duties. Granted we have all been snowed, misled into believing lies such as “Our nation is a democracy”. Democracy, simply stated means mob rule. We are NOT ruled by a mob. Our founding document established a limited government granting limited authority by citizens who elect representatives to administer and preserve our republic. Few, if any, of us was taught this. However not being taught does not excuse us from our duty to learn and understand our responsibilities as citizens. I know I was not taught this. I did not pursue this knowledge until very late in life. I am as guilty as anyone of shirking my responsibilities as a citizen. Now that I’ve come to a better understanding myself, I feel duty-bound to help others understand these things.
Know this: those who have usurped power and authority fear us and rightly so. Otherwise they would have formally declared their absolute rule over us. Instead they inch towards such a declaration, gaining ground each day. Our power is NOT in our arms. Our power is in our voice – not the voice of one but the voice of the nation, comprised of free citizens in a constitutional republic. I am just one voice. Some may say “loudmouth”. So be it. No matter how loud I can be. If I can shout so every ear in the nation can hear me, I am only one voice. I am only one citizen. This is the difference between how our nation was designed and what it has become. The usurpers centralize their power. Their desire is to emanate authority from one place, our nation’s capitol. Our nation was designed to distribute power equally amongst all citizens. Thus I do not have any more power or authority than anyone. WE THE PEOPLE have power and even that power is limited by constitutional constraints. Once we realize our power and understand how to wield it, the usurpers have nothing.
For those of you who laugh and scorn our constitution, I say you are either defeated already or an active minion of the usurpers. For those who feel defeated, all is not lost. Not yet. For you minions… if your masters do indeed succeed, their victory will be a short and empty one. God Almighty will prevail.
Granted, I don’t put much stock in anything the pResident mumbles off his note cards, much less his off the script ramblings. That said, there’s much ado concerning his recent proclamation that federal agents will go door to door to “get people vaccinated”.
After the uproar Fox News reported White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki stating this:
“Let me tell you what this is and what it is not,” Psaki responded by again pointing out the federal government is not mandating vaccines. “What this effort is is a continuation of what we have seen as an impactful effort that we’ve had by local public health officials and volunteers in a range of communities over the last month of action.”
Fox also reported this statement:
Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra on Thursday responded to criticism unleashed by some Republicans this week over the Biden administration’s plan to go “door-to-door” to encourage Covid-19 vaccinations in targeted communities, arguing—contrary to what some GOP lawmakers have asserted—it is “absolutely” the business of the federal government to engage in such an push.
Okay. Just so I am straight on this, those charged with enforcing laws in this nation have declared it is “their business” to go door to door to push Covid-19 “vaccinations” upon every citizen in this nation. After all, they are just looking out for us… right? So, just for tickles and grins, I’m going to assume our “fearless leader” is all about benevolence. Wonderful. How does this play out?
Someone knocks on my door, telling me “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” Oh joy. Now then, does this person ask me if I or anyone in this household has or has not been “vaccinated” or do they inform me? Let’s assume the former. They ask. My gut response is, “That information is none of your business.”. Now what? Do they nod and go away? Do they first mark their log book? Maybe they will first ask who resides here. Again. Who’s asking and why? Because it if you have to ask, it is none of your business. Should anyone persist in this line of questioning, my inclination is ask them to leave my property. If they refuse I’m then inclined to call my local Sheriff requesting they be removed.
Now what if they tell me who I am and then inform me I have not been “vaccinated”? My gut response is ask how they came by this private information protected by federal statute. There is no valid answer as far as I am concerned. Maybe their information is incorrect. Since they have no legal right to it, then they should leave it at that. Don’t worry agent, I am fully capable of handling my medical needs myself. I have not requested nor do I need your help. Thank you and goodbye. Again, should they refuse to leave I will ask for assistance from my local Sheriff.
Mind you, my responses detailed above are entirely speculative. However they are based on certain principles I feel are valid.
First, my “vaccination” status is nobody’s business. Period.
Second, you may note I have consistently put “vaccination” in quotes. This is because to the best of my knowledge a vaccine for Covid-19 does not exist. The current concoction is not a vaccine and thus the term “vaccinated” as it relates to this virus and/or its variants is a misnomer. A misnomer I refuse to legitimize. In this respect, then, it is impossible for anyone in this nation to be vaccinated for this virus.
Third, An agent, or representative, from the Federal Government is not now nor ever welcome to come knocking on my door to inquire about anything, especially my private health status. For that matter, neither is anyone from the state and local government. If I want your “help”, I’ll ask for it. Thank you.
Now I hate to come across as irritable but I’ve had about enough nonsense from these people. IF any of them had EVER bothered to ask, I’d give them an earful of what I DO want from government. I can pretty much guarantee you, what I have to say, they do not want to hear. In a nutshell: “go away, but empty your pockets of the money extracted from us taxpayers first.” Now for clarity’s sake, I am talking about governments as a whole and no one individual. Individual cases need to be addressed by due process of law. My point is we need to scale back government intervention to the boundaries set by our Constitution.
That said, I wonder… is all this “door to door for your own good” business simply a prelude? When said agent marks the log, is said mark meant to notate with whom to schedule a future visit? Could such a future visit be somewhat less “friendly”? Now before you get your panties in a wad, I’m not sayin’ I’m just askin’.
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
Now consider Psalm 18 – attributed to David
Psalms 18:1 ¶<<To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, the servant of the LORD, who spake unto the LORD the words of this song in the day that the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul: And he said,>> I will love thee, O LORD, my strength.
2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.
3 I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.
4 The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid.
5 The sorrows of hell compassed me about: the snares of death prevented me.
6 In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.
7 Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth.
8 There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it.
9 He bowed the heavens also, and came down: and darkness was under his feet.
10 And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: yea, he did fly upon the wings of the wind.
11 He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies.
12 At the brightness that was before him his thick clouds passed, hail stones and coals of fire.
13 The LORD also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave his voice; hail stones and coals of fire.
14 Yea, he sent out his arrows, and scattered them; and he shot out lightnings, and discomfited them.
15 Then the channels of waters were seen, and the foundations of the world were discovered at thy rebuke, O LORD, at the blast of the breath of thy nostrils.
16 He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters.
17 He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me.
18 They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was my stay.
19 He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me.
20 The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.
21 For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.
22 For all his judgments were before me, and I did not put away his statutes from me.
23 I was also upright before him, and I kept myself from mine iniquity.
24 Therefore hath the LORD recompensed me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his eyesight.
25 With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful; with an upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright;
26 With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself froward.
27 For thou wilt save the afflicted people; but wilt bring down high looks.
28 For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.
29 For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall.
30 As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.
31 For who is God save the LORD? or who is a rock save our God?
32 It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.
33 He maketh my feet like hinds’ feet, and setteth me upon my high places.
34 He teacheth my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.
35 Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great.
36 Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, that my feet did not slip.
37 I have pursued mine enemies, and overtaken them: neither did I turn again till they were consumed.
38 I have wounded them that they were not able to rise: they are fallen under my feet.
39 For thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle: thou hast subdued under me those that rose up against me.
40 Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies; that I might destroy them that hate me.
41 They cried, but there was none to save them: even unto the LORD, but he answered them not.
42 Then did I beat them small as the dust before the wind: I did cast them out as the dirt in the streets.
43 Thou hast delivered me from the strivings of the people; and thou hast made me the head of the heathen: a people whom I have not known shall serve me.
44 As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me: the strangers shall submit themselves unto me.
45 The strangers shall fade away, and be afraid out of their close places.
46 The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted.
47 It is God that avengeth me, and subdueth the people under me.
48 He delivereth me from mine enemies: yea, thou liftest me up above those that rise up against me: thou hast delivered me from the violent man.
49 Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name.
50 Great deliverance giveth he to his king; and sheweth mercy to his anointed, to David, and to his seed for evermore.
There are a couple of differences one should note.
First of all, David, of course, lived before the new birth became available. Why is this significant?
20 The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.
21 For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.
22 For all his judgments were before me, and I did not put away his statutes from me.
23 I was also upright before him, and I kept myself from mine iniquity.
As a Hebrew, David was obligated to follow the law of Moses. Whereas we have an advantage:
2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him [Jesus] to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
Romans 10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.
5 For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them.
6 But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)
7 Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)
8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
David was righteous because he was diligent in following the law of Moses. WE are righteous because our Heavenly Father made us righteous when we believed on His Son, Jesus.
Another important difference is David was also a warrior. One of his first and best known acts was to defeat the Philistine champion Goliath. Scripture is loaded with many battles won by David. He wrote this Psalm after one such victory. None of this indicates we need to follow David’s example. Just as we come about righteousness differently, I believe victory over our enemies can also be realized differently… and without bloodshed.
This is not without precedent. Consider the lepers in 2 Kings 7:
2 Kings 7:5 And they rose up in the twilight, to go unto the camp of the Syrians: and when they were come to the uttermost part of the camp of Syria, behold, there was no man there.
6 For the Lord had made the host of the Syrians to hear a noise of chariots, and a noise of horses, even the noise of a great host: and they said one to another, Lo, the king of Israel hath hired against us the kings of the Hittites, and the kings of the Egyptians, to come upon us.
7 Wherefore they arose and fled in the twilight, and left their tents, and their horses, and their asses, even the camp as it was, and fled for their life.
Every battle won by Israelites had one common thread: they relied on Almighty God for their victory, usually in the face of overwhelming odds against them. Isn’t this like we face today?
Again, I implore my brethren in Christ, take a lesson from 2 Chronicles 7:14