Arise, O Lord!

Psalm 9:19 Arise, O Lord, do not let man prevail; Let the nations be judged in Your sight.

Those who are really endeavoring to walk with God and to become mature in Him are finding that their greatest opposition is within them. The human flesh nature of man is always our greatest enemy. Those who are resting on their lees and not advancing in the things of our Lord are not so much aware of that opposition, for it only rises up to oppose us when we set our hearts to a real commitment to the Lord. The downward pull of our flesh nature is greatest when we are determined to ascend from glory to glory. It is then that we cry unto the Lord, “Arise in us, O Lord, and do not let our man nature prevail!”

Philippians 2:10-11 At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth,
11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

While we do not yet see every knee bowing and every tongue confessing among men that Jesus Christ is Lord, yet we know that ultimately this will be true. We have learned, though, that Scripture must first be fulfilled in us. The judgments of God will take place in us before they begin in the world. For the time has come for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the Gospel of God? I Peter 4:17.

In a real sense, each one of us are many people. What is expressed through you at a particular time determines the man you are at that moment. If you are expressing anger, then you are that man. If you are expressing jealousy, a different man is being manifested, etc. We want the attributes of the Lord to be expressed through us, but for most of us the men of our man nature are too often expressed. Each of the many expressions of our man nature, in that sense, is a man. Therefore, we want the knee of every man in us to bow and the tongue of ever man in us to confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. We want the Lord to arise in us and to not let our man nature prevail.

Copyright © 2005 by Henry DuBose