They have surrounded me like floodwaters all day long; They have completely encompassed me. Lover and friend You have placed far from me; My familiar friends are in darkness. I will sing of the goodness and lovingkindness of the LORD forever; With my mouth, I will make known Your faithfulness from generation to generation. For I have said, “Goodness and lovingkindness will be built up forever; In the heavens [unchangeable and majestic] You will establish Your faithfulness” (Psalms 88:17- 89:2).
When walking in obedience to G_d, we need to understand that we will never be praised for it by the people we once associated with. To those still walking in darkness, we are the same man person with a different moniker. When Paul became a Christian or “follower of the way” the “sect”, the former colleagues turned their efforts toward destroying him because he was no longer one of the “ruling parties”.
Help me to walk in obedience to you all of my days. May your good spirit guide me and that my ears, mouth, and heart be open to your word so that I may grow in you. The world may not like me but I will not stand before the world, I will stand before you so I must live to please you in all that I say and do. Thank you for salvation from the things that would cause me problems.