Why have you rejected us forever, O God? Why does your anger smolder against the sheep of your pasture? Remember the people you purchased of old, the tribe of your inheritance, whom you redeemed— Mount Zion, where you dwelt.
Turn your steps toward these everlasting ruins, all this destruction the enemy has brought on the sanctuary. Your foes roared in the place where you met with us; they set up their standards as signs. They behaved like men wielding axes to cut through a thicket of trees. They smashed all the carved paneling with their axes and hatchets. They burned your sanctuary to the ground; they defiled the dwelling place of your Name. They said in their hearts, “We will crush them completely!” They burned every place where God was worshiped in the land.
We are given no miraculous signs; no prophets are left, and none of us knows how long this will be. How long will the enemy mock you, O God? Will the foe revile your name forever? Why do you hold back your hand, your right hand? Take it from the folds of your garment and destroy them!
But you, O God, are my king from of old; you bring salvation upon the earth. It was you who split open the sea by your power; you broke the heads of the monster in the waters. It was you who crushed the heads of Leviathan and gave him as food to the creatures of the desert. It was you who opened up springs and streams; you dried up the ever flowing rivers. The day is yours, and yours also the night; you established the sun and moon. It was you who set all the boundaries of the earth; you made both summer and winter.
Remember how the enemy has mocked you, O LORD, how foolish people have reviled your name. Do not hand over the life of your dove to wild beasts; do not forget the lives of your afflicted people forever. Have regard for your covenant, because haunts of violence fill the dark places of the land. Do not let the oppressed retreat in disgrace; may the poor and needy praise your name.
Rise up, O God, and defend your cause; remember how fools mock you all day long. Do not ignore the clamor of your adversaries, the uproar of your enemies, which rises continually.
Wouldn’t it be nice if divine retribution were a little timelier? In my life I’ve accumulated a few people who seem to have been appointed by Satan himself to torment me. Not that they would acknowledge this, or even be aware of it. I’m sure they believe that what they’re doing is right, and that any informed observer would agree. Being Christians they probably think they’re doing the Lord’s work. (John 16:2)
Sometimes after one of their attacks, I’ve wished the Lord would set them straight as in His promise from Rev. 3:9, “I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you.” But then the Lord reminds me that He doesn’t do things like that to me when I’m in the wrong, so why should I expect Him to do it to them?
Well meaning friends tell me that I should view attacks from Satan as evidence that I’m having an impact in the world. Attacks like this are kind of a left-handed compliment, they say, the enemy’s acknowledgement that I’m causing him some heartburn. He’s busy enough so that it’s easy to stay under his radar if you don’t make waves. Getting his attention is a sign you’re relevant. Others repeat an axiom I’ve often used myself. “Living well is the best revenge.” In other words, stay above it. Live your life as though nothing they can do can ever steal your joy. Use your anger to energize your success. It’s like heaping burning coals on their heads. (Romans 12:20)
The hard part about all the above is that none of it brings any immediate sense of closure. It’s like everything’s left hanging until some unknown day in the future when the Lord makes it right again.
And then two friends independently gave me identical advice that settles things, in my mind at least. They said, “Remember, only the offended party has the privilege of climbing up on the cross with Jesus.”
It’s the testimony of two witnesses, and I’m OK with that. Now I can get closure. After all, the cross is where the real victory is. “No servant is greater than his master,” Jesus told us, “If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also.” (John 15:20)
Next time someone gets you in his sights, look to the cross. There’s always room for one more, and think of the company you’ll be in.
My thanks to Peter Hyatt who has shared Psalm 37 with us who believe in the Judge that the Anthony clan and the attorneys involved in setting a killer free will one day face without escape or excuse for the murder of precious Caylee Marie.
1 Do not fret because of evildoers,
Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity.
2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass,
And wither as the green herb.
3 Trust in the LORD, and do good;
Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
4 Delight yourself also in the LORD,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the LORD,
Trust also in Him,
And He shall bring it to pass.
6 He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light,
And your justice as the noonday.
7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him;
Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,
Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.
8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath;
Do not fret—it only causes harm.
9 For evildoers shall be cut off;
But those who wait on the LORD,
They shall inherit the earth.
10 For yet a little while and the wicked shall be no more;
Indeed, you will look carefully for his place,
But it shall be no more.
11 But the meek shall inherit the earth,
And shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
12 The wicked plots against the just,
And gnashes at him with his teeth.
13 The Lord laughs at him,
For He sees that his day is coming.
14 The wicked have drawn the sword
And have bent their bow,
To cast down the poor and needy,
To slay those who are of upright conduct.
15 Their sword shall enter their own heart,
And their bows shall be broken.
16 A little that a righteous man has
Is better than the riches of many wicked.
17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken,
But the LORD upholds the righteous.
18 The LORD knows the days of the upright,
And their inheritance shall be forever.
19 They shall not be ashamed in the evil time,
And in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.
20 But the wicked shall perish;
And the enemies of the LORD,
Like the splendor of the meadows, shall vanish.
Into smoke they shall vanish away.
21 The wicked borrows and does not repay,
But the righteous shows mercy and gives.
22 For those blessed by Him shall inherit the earth,
But those cursed by Him shall be cut off.
23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD,
And He delights in his way.
24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down;
For the LORD upholds him with His hand.
25 I have been young, and now am old;
Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken,
Nor his descendants begging bread.
26 He is ever merciful, and lends;
And his descendants are blessed.
27 Depart from evil, and do good;
And dwell forevermore.
28 For the LORD loves justice,
And does not forsake His saints;
They are preserved forever,
But the descendants of the wicked shall be cut off.
29 The righteous shall inherit the land,
And dwell in it forever.
30 The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom,
And his tongue talks of justice.
31 The law of his God is in his heart;
None of his steps shall slide.
32 The wicked watches the righteous,
And seeks to slay him.
33 The LORD will not leave him in his hand,
Nor condemn him when he is judged.
34 Wait on the LORD,
And keep His way,
And He shall exalt you to inherit the land;
When the wicked are cut off, you shall see it.
35 I have seen the wicked in great power,
And spreading himself like a native green tree.
36 Yet he passed away,[a] and behold, he was no more;
Indeed I sought him, but he could not be found.
37 Mark the blameless man, and observe the upright;
For the future of that man is peace.
38 But the transgressors shall be destroyed together;
The future of the wicked shall be cut off.
39 But the salvation of the righteous is from the LORD;
He is their strength in the time of trouble.
40 And the LORD shall help them and deliver them;
He shall deliver them from the wicked,
And save them,
Because they trust in Him.
Soooo, will the State press charges against Cindy Anthony for perjury? Or did the answers of “It is possible” by Cindy to Ms. Burdick’s questions keep her from committing perjury? The State did try to get Cindy to commit to her lies but Cindy remained elusive in her answers. IMO, she sealed her daughter’s fate that Baez worked toward in the first place.
In September of 2008 the blogs were ablaze with reports from the medias that the Anthonys stood to make a pretty penny from Lifetime Movie Network. There were even petitions out, too, of which I probably signed since it irked me to no end that the family would profit off of the murder of their grandchild. The petition closed up a year later with 2,000 petitioners shy of their 10,000 goal. Lifetime Movie Network’s Director of Corporate Communications, Gary Morganstein, stated back then that there was no such deal. And the publicist, Neil Schubert emailed the Orlando Sentinel stating, ”There is no truth to the rumor that [Lifetime Movie Network] has optioned any rights to the story of Casey Anthony and her daughter Caylee Marie”.
But, has that changed? Some commentors on blogs (as well as bloggers) are believing that a $2million dollar deal is in the works. I find it hard to believe only because there’s no need for Lifetime to pay anyone for the making of the movie about the case if they so choose to make one. Why do I say this? Simply because of the Florida Sunshine Law that makes everything free for the taking! Just in case recent news of a deal had slipped by me I decided to check again to see what I can find out. I did find that in April the Anthony defense team didn’t want the sequestered jurors to watch Lifetime Movie Network. Some say it may have been because of the movie deal. Perhaps this is the reason for that rumor picking up speed again. But is this just a rumor about that rumor and how it got started? Whoa! That made me dizzy! Watching and listening to Baez and his circular reasoning in this trial has rubbed off on me! Ew! Icky-ew!
Okay! Back from my shower- so what have I found on this movie deal? Oh my! I read an old article from WFTV that reported the parents of Casey thought that her attorney was trying to create drama in the case for a movie deal with LMN back in September of 2008. Wait! I thought it was the Anthonys, not Casey and her defense team, that the movie deal was made with according to yesterday’s and today’s rumor mill. Sigh.
I’ve found nothing in recent news to verify that LMN, or anybody, is paying for a movie deal with the Anthonys. I believe this is an old rumor resurrected by those going through three year old news. I will stand by my belief that it would be utter foolishness to pay out $2million dollars for a movie deal when there is information for any movie maker of this case to obtain for free.
Speaking of old news, watch this~
…those were the days, my friend, we thought they’d never end but now they are, they are coming to, at last, an end…la la la la de daa…