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Saturday, April 16, 2016

PSALM 64

 
 
"Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer (complaint or concern)"
Preserve my life from dread of the enemy"
(verse 1)
 
 
The whole of this verse is about this dread of becoming dead from the hand of his enemy.  We know that our days are already numbered and in the book, no matter what man may do.  That dread, however, is something we all have to deal with even if no one is coming after us with a bow and arrow.  FEAR is sometimes said as "False Events Appear Real."  Sometimes Real events can cause fear and bad things do happen to good people.  Living with dread from rising to going to bed is not any way to live.  So David shows us how to deal with it: pray and sing and trust God for the outcome.

Since I am knee-deep in family history in preparation for our trip to Tennessee, I'll retell the tale of when my relatives had real enemies who snuck up with real arrows.
 
 "To shoot from concealment at the blameless;
Suddenly they shoot at him, and do not fear."
(verses 4)

 
In those early days of the white man invasion upon Cherokee lands, by 1790 George Washington was pondering what to do about the problem.  About 500 families were illegally settling there.  Eventually, Washington had spinning wheels, hogs, cattle, etc. sent to the Cherokee because the last buffalo had been killed and hunting needed to turn into farming for sustenance.  This was difficult in a culture where a man's only occupation was hunting and making war leaving the rest as women's work.  Many of settlers had made their own agreements with the Cherokee to purchase leases on the land from them. (By 1817 the US government called all these leases null and void).  By 1783 North Carolina opened an office to sell the land parcels for the paying of the arrears due officers and soldiers of the Revolutionary War.  Of course, the Cherokee were divided, some for treaties and some for war. 

 
 
In the midst of this my 5 X great grandparents were raising their large family on the Clinch River in what is now Hawkins County, in NE Tennessee.  The three oldest sons were away from home leaving five younger children with their parents.  The Indians attacked, killing their mother and father and two of the children.  Two year old Jesse was scalped, but lived.  Owen Jr. and Emelia (Millie) hid in a hollow log and survived as well.  Other relatives on the other side also settled there and had family members killed.  One, a William Sharp, actually had signed one of those treaties in 1777. 

"search out iniquities,"
as "They investigate iniquities"(KJV)
(verse 6)
 
The old Psalter interprets this as
"Thal ransaked wickednesses;
thal failed ransakand  and in ransacking."
 
What is still true even now that we are no longer in dread of Indian attacks,
as David was under plotted plans to kill him...
 



 
"the inward thought and
the heart of a man are deep (unsearchable.)"
(verses 6)
 
However, God has the final word.
"Then all men will fear ,
And will declare the work of God,
And will consider what He has done.
The righteous man will be glad in the Lord,
and will take refuge in Him;
And all the upright in heart will glory."
(verses 9-10)
 
Best be in the "upright in heart" tribe who will glory.

 
As I'm sure I've mentioned before, I wrote a book about the Cherokee (and the Welsh Indians) in this area before I ever knew I had relatives there.  "Nest" is available on Amazon as an e-book.
 
 


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