Putting on Armor Daily…

Pray – Your word is truth and truth sets me free to function without restriction in the boundaries of your love and truth.  I am set free from doubt and insecurity; you said it, it is so.

Repent-   I repent for the times I allow the thought that I am inadequate to color the requests you make of me.  I am a daughter of the King; made in His image; given His righteousness and able to accomplish what He gives me to do.  I repent also for allowing feelings and emotions to determine my actions rather than following what I know from your Word.

Ask –   May my action be determined by your Word; your promises are true.

Yes – Thank you for forgiveness and for the truth that enables me to move forward encouraging others by your Word.

Now help us take on the day beginning and ending with prayer:

Putting on Armor daily follows a series of steps:

  1. Rise with prayer and song.
  2.  Put on the uniform; belt or girdle of truth, breastplate of righteousness, shoes of peace and helmet of salvation.
  3.  Pick up the shield of faith and the sword of God’s Word.
  4.  Pray, repent, ask, and say Yes! Thank you.

The belt of truth – we are strengthened by truth and use the truth found in God’s Word to stand strong. The belt surrounds the inner core of our being; that area that enables us to stand upright.  It gives us the strength to endure any force that may come against us.

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The breastplate of righteousness – a gift from God through Christ.  He gives us His righteousness and we rest secure that our most vulnerable places are protected.  The belt supports the breastplate and we do not have to carry the weight of it in our own strength for that would be our righteousness, weak and incapable.  Our heart is protected by God and His righteousness; right living leaves no room for accusations of wrong living, something  that can become a source of guilt leading to depression and from there to death.

The shoes of peace –  are a gift from God; His peace allows us to stand firm when needed and dig in when necessary to advance.  The turmoil and doubt that abound in the circumstances do not cause anxiety in the inner parts of our being and have little to no effect on our actions in the situation.  This sets the believer apart from the norm.  The shoes of peace keep the believer stable; not blown about by external conditions.

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The helmet of salvation – begins with belief and faith that what God says is so. Salvation includes blessings, status and identity – a transformed being drawing from the spiritual blessings available upon request.  It protects the mind from external attacks for it is founded and rooted in the love of Christ. Salvation continues active in our daily walk.

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The shield of faith – indicates action.  Pick it up and advance, protected from the fire-studded arrows of accusation and doubt.

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The sword of the Spirit is truth; God’s Word, a dagger sharper than any two-edged sword.  It defends and leads an attack against evil perpetrated by deception.

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The final piece is prayer – activation of the rest of the armor.  It is communication with the Commander and more powerful than realized when praying God’s Word.  Note the defense and routing of the enemy used by Jesus.

“If you continue in my Word; then you are truly disciples of Mine.”

Pray – Jesus, you say, “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete…”  “You shall know the truth and it shall set you free.”  John later repeats, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in truth.”  Implant in me your truth as I search your Word.

Repent – Test me, O Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind; for your love is ever before me, and I desire to walk continually in your truth.

Ask – Do not withhold Your mercy from me, O Lord; may your love and your truth always protect me.

Yes! – Father, this moment I am choosing the way of truth.  I want to set my heart on your laws.  Help me to choose the way of truth the rest of my days.

Reference:  3 John 1:4, Psalm 119:30; 26:2-3; 40:11; Ephesians, John 15:11, John 8:32

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Weapons against deception…

PRAYER and WORD OF GOD

PRAYER and WORD OF GOD

 

There is a war going on. Both in the physical world and in the spiritual world and all believers living on earth are subjected to this war. The spiritual war is intensifying and so subtle many do not see it. Those who do are burdened with the responsibility to sound caution and alarms. The Word itself tells how to beware of deception. The deceived do not know they are deceived. Peter when he challenged Jesus with the statement that he would defend Jesus and that Jesus would not be harmed was sharply rebuked. Peter was unawares he was being used in an attempt to weaken Jesus’ resolve. Many today are unaware they are being used to weaken the authority of the Word of God. It’s power has not diminished; the use of its power has, in some arenas.

For although we do live in the world, we do not wage war in a worldly way; because the weapons we use to wage war are not worldly. On the contrary, they (these weapons) have God’s power for demolishing strongholds. We demolish arguments and every arrogance that raises itself up against the knowledge of God; we take every thought captive and make it obey the Messiah.

And take the helmet of deliverance; along with the sword given by the Spirit, that is, the Word of God; as you pray at all times, with all kinds of prayers and requests, in the Spirit vigilantly and persistently, for all God’s people.

Praying the Word of God will take down strongholds. Two sticks of dynamite, the Word of God and prayer bound together to demolish any thoughts leading away from God to self; instead of from self to God. Taking the thoughts captive; making them obey Jesus. Pay attention to what is passed off as a word from God…ask where does that word take one? To God? Glorifying God? Or to self, glorifying what self can do?

Much is being presented as prophetic word when upon closer inspection and reflection it can be seen that it leads to what the self can do rather than what God can do…beware of the wolves in sheep’s clothing that Christ warned would come in the last days. Beware of those who lead within the church to self-glorification and growth. Jesus, the Christ, is to increase and self is to decrease. Reliance upon God the Father needs to be presented rather than what self can do. Assumptions can lead the weak astray from God to a human mindset. Do not assume the reader or listener ‘knows’ that what is spoken or written ‘means’ God is the source. If it is not stated it can be read opposite of what, hopefully, was intended.

This calls for greater reliance upon the Spirit’s wisdom. This calls for careful reflection before the mouth speaks. Quick to listen, slow to speak. Then the conflicts will be diminished and the work of the Kingdom can progress without hindrance.

Praying the Word of God was modeled for the believer by Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. Facing the inevitable test of disrespect, unbelief, torture and death, Jesus prayed. He acknowledged the Father, he acknowledge the conditions and situation, he acknowledge the lack in the physical, but he prayed the Father’s will be done. Three times he prayed the same then got up with spiritual strength and resolve to accomplish what he had been sent to do. He took down the stronghold of sin’s bondage and its resulting death. He demolished the stronghold that held all humanity in its grip. The believer has an example to follow and a promise that God’s power will work in the believer to do more than can be imagined or asked.

Ephesians 6:17, 2 Corinthians 10:3, James 1:19, Matthew 16:23, 2 Timothy 2:9 and 10, Matthew 26:35, Matthew 26:36-45, Ephesians 3:14-21

Credits to: Praying God’s Word… by Beth Moore, the Bible, ( ) indicate my insertion for clarification.

The Voice of Adonai is not silent…….

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Psalm 29

 

Give Adonai his due, you who are godly;

Give Adonai his due of glory and strength;

Give Adonai the glory due his name;

Worship Adonai in holy splendor.

 

The voice of Adonai is over the waters;

The God of glory thunders,

Adonai over rushing waters,

The voice of Adonai is power,

The voice of Adonai in splendor.

 

The voice of Adonai cracks the cedars;

Adonai splinters the cedars of Lebanon

And makes the L’vanon skip like a calf,

Siryon like a young wild ox.

 

The voice of Adonai flashes fiery flames;

The voice of Adonai rocks the desert,

Adonai convulses the Kadesh desert.

The voice of Adonai causes deer to give birth

And strips the forests bare–

While in his temple, all cry, “Glory!”

Adonai sits enthroned above the flood!

Adonai sits enthroned as king forever!

May Adonai give strength to his people!

May Adonai bless his people with Shalom!

 

Matthew 7:13

Go in through the narrow gate, for the gate that leads to destruction is wide and the road broad, and many travel it; but it is a narrow gate and a hard road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

 

We hear Adonai in the turbulent, violent wind. Who of us can create such a force? Even the man-made destruction uses materials already formed by our Creator! David gives voice to the largeness and power of God and Jesus tells us in response to David’s praise and blessings that many will find a broad path–no hurdles here–and few the narrow path that is hard and gives training in strength building. Those in the temple cry ‘glory!’ for they have overcome, gained strength and life with peace.

Our body is the temple of the Lord God Almighty:

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It is good to remember our purpose is always to give praise to God; in the difficult, painful times as well as the good, peaceful times. Job stated; ‘the Lord giveth, the Lord taketh away; blessed be the name of the Lord.’ A recent letter from Saeed praises God and tells us that he prays for America! This is the narrow way. This is strength building. This is overcoming. Can we do any less…

 

It is time to raise our voice; our collective voice. We will raise it to praise and glorify our God no matter who cries ‘offense!’, or threatens violence if we speak. We will raise it to decry the evil in the land and call for action to restore the righteous laws that bring peace. We will raise it to defend the innocent, combat the oppressor and free the oppressed. The oppressor uses today’s technology to spread terror. Let us use it to spread peace, call for justice and action to free the prisoners of evil. We join with the voice of God to condemn the evil in our land!

 

An update on Saeed:

Urgent Update on Saeed:

It is truly heartbreaking to know that one day after I spoke in front of our congress Saeed was beaten by fellow prisoners. Saeed’s father was not able to see Saeed last week because of a holiday in Iran, but today he was truly shaken to learn of the beating that Saeed had endured. Saeed’s father was also treated horribly and harassed by the prison guards and staff and could only visit Saeed for a short time…

As I shared in front of our congress last week, the Iranian government might turn up the heat in the furnace (as in Daniel 3), but Saeed refuses to deny his faith in Jesus Christ and continues to be a witness in that dark prison. Jesus is with Saeed in that fiery furnace. Saeed wants you to know that he has felt your prayers in his darkest moments. Thank you.

Please continue to keep our family in your prayers during this very difficult time.

God Bless.

Naghmeh

 

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God is strong in our weakness…

 

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Joshua 13:1-13

Now Joshua was old and advanced in years, and the LORD said to him, “You are old and advanced in years, and there remains yet very much land to possess.

This is the land that yet remains: all the regions of the Philistines, and all those of the Geshurites

(from the Shihor, which is east of Egypt, northward to the boundary of Ekron, it is counted as Canaanite; there are five rulers of the Philistines, those of Gaza, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Gath, and Ekron), and those of the Avvim,

 in the south, all the land of the Canaanites, and Mearah that belongs to the Sidonians, to Aphek, to the boundary of the Amorites,

and the land of the Gebalites, and all Lebanon, toward the sunrise, from Baal-gad below Mount Hermon to Lebo-hamath,

 all the inhabitants of the hill country from Lebanon to Misrephoth-maim, even all the Sidonians. I myself will drive them out from before the people of Israel. Only allot the land to Israel for an inheritance, as I have commanded you.

Now therefore divide this land for an inheritance to the nine tribes and half the tribe of Manasseh.”

 With the other half of the tribe of Manasseh the Reubenites and the Gadites received their inheritance, which Moses gave them, beyond the Jordan eastward, as Moses the servant of the LORD gave them:

 from Aroer, which is on the edge of the Valley of the Arnon, and the city that is in the middle of the valley, and all the tableland of Medeba as far as Dibon;

 and all the cities of Sihon king of the Amorites, who reigned in Heshbon, as far as the boundary of the Ammonites;

 and Gilead, and the region of the Geshurites and Maacathites, and all Mount Hermon, and all Bashan to Salecah;

all the kingdom of Og in Bashan, who reigned in Ashtaroth and in Edrei (he alone was left of the remnant of the Rephaim); these Moses had struck and driven out.

 Yet the people of Israel did not drive out the Geshurites or the Maacathites, but Geshur and Maacath dwell in the midst of Israel to this day.

 

Joshua is old and the Lord says there is still much to be done. So His instruction for Joshua is to assign what is left as an inheritance to the people of Israel. Then God himself will expel the people in the land ahead of Israel.

 

I myself will drive them out from before the people of Israel. Only allot the land to Israel for an inheritance, as I have commanded you.

 

For the believer, can it be said, when we find ourselves in the same place as Joshua, that God will say to us also, just claim what is left, assign  the remaining inheritance, and I will remove what needs to be removed from your life; I will go ahead of you? When we are weak, when we are incapacitated in some way we can rely on the Lord to go before us into the battle and clear the way for us. Our weakness only allows His strength to be glorified. God will get the glory. We get to live the life of victory, overcomers through Christ because we place our faith and trust in Him.  We walk by faith believing that what God says He will do He will.

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Whose law do we follow?

 

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Joshua 1:1-9

 

 After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, the LORD said to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant,

 “Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel.

 Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses.

 From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun shall be your territory.

 No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you.

 Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them.

 Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go.

 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

 

Three times the statement “Be strong and courageous” is made.

 

“…Be strong and courageous, …”

 

Twice the command to follow God’s Words, God’s will and way is given.

 

“… being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you…”

 

The promised result of holding to these directives is success in what you set out to do,

 

“… For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. …”

 

specifically, success in accomplishing what God has given us to do. Are we finding less than stellar results when we follow what we believe He has given us to do?   The question to follow would be are we following His way or have we manipulated His words to suit our way? Care must be taken to know His way so well we do not err in how we follow. Care must be taken to be strong, have courage, and know His way. He says to make His law, his commands a part of our very being so that we know him and his ways.

 

“…This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it….”

 

Have we immersed ourselves in His word? Do we know his commands? Are we following them? The promise of success in what we do, the promise that whatever we undertake under His direction will prosper hinges on this. And then God follows with assurance we can all hold on to. He will not leave us when He asks us to do something for Him. He is with us, often as Joshua found out, He goes ahead, preparing the way, fighting the battle for us. There is no peace like that of knowing we have followed His will and are kept by His promises.

 

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Where is our trust…

 

 For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Isaiah 36:1-10

In the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah, Sennacherib king of Assyria came up against all the fortified cities of Judah and took them.

And the king of Assyria sent the Rabshakeh from Lachish to King Hezekiah at Jerusalem, with a great army. And he stood by the conduit of the upper pool on the highway to the Washer’s Field.

And there came out to him Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, who was over the household, and Shebna the secretary, and Joah the son of Asaph, the recorder.

And the Rabshakeh said to them, “Say to Hezekiah, ‘Thus says the great king, the king of Assyria: On what do you rest this trust of yours?

 Do you think that mere words are strategy and power for war? In whom do you now trust, that you have rebelled against me?

Behold, you are trusting in Egypt, that broken reed of a staff, which will pierce the hand of any man who leans on it. Such is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all who trust in him.

 But if you say to me, “We trust in the LORD our God,” is it not he whose high places and altars Hezekiah has removed, saying to Judah and to Jerusalem, “You shall worship before this altar”?

 Come now, make a wager with my master the king of Assyria: I will give you two thousand horses, if you are able on your part to set riders on them.

 How then can you repulse a single captain among the least of my master’s servants, when you trust in Egypt for chariots and for horsemen?

 Moreover, is it without the LORD that I have come up against this land to destroy it? The LORD said to me, Go up against this land and destroy it.'”

 

 

The world notices when we turn our backs on our God. It makes us appear weak and vulnerable. They begin to flex their collective muscles for they know of God also. Those who rely only on their own strength, the strength of ‘Egypt’ will find no strength in comparison with what we have when we rely on God. We can see this being played out in our world today. Let us turn to the One who can defeat any enemy, especially the enemy of our very souls. Let us rely on His strength.

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The Way…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Isaiah 35:5-10

Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped;

then shall the lame man leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute sing for joy. For waters break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert;

the burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water; in the haunt of jackals, where they lie down, the grass shall become reeds and rushes.

And a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Way of Holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it. It shall belong to those who walk on the way; even if they are fools, they shall not go astray.

No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it; they shall not be found there, but the redeemed shall walk there.

And the ransomed of the LORD shall return and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

The Way of Holiness prepared for the  ransomed.  There is a way and few there be who will find it Jesus said many years later.  He also stated I am the way, the truth and the life, no man comes to the Father but by me.  Much is said about the way.  It has become the name of organizations and churches.  This way stands out in the darkness as a hope that lights our paths of life.  Christ fulfilled this promise  and it starts when we acknowledge Him and what He can do for us.  Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on us.  We seek your face, O God and you alone.  Blessed be the name of the Lord.

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Hear, Give Attention…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Isaiah 34:1-4

Draw near, O nations, to hear, and give attention, O peoples! Let the earth hear, and all that fills it; the world, and all that comes from it.

For the LORD is enraged against all the nations, and furious against all their host; he has devoted them to destruction, has given them over for slaughter.

Their slain shall be cast out, and the stench of their corpses shall rise; the mountains shall flow with their blood.

All the host of heaven shall rot away, and the skies roll up like a scroll. All their host shall fall, as leaves fall from the vine, like leaves falling from the fig tree.

He commands us to listen.  Whether we see Him as a fierce, judging God, or a merciful, loving and forgiving God makes no difference when God decides to move and do.  He is all this and more, more than we are capable of knowing and understanding.  It is foolish of us to try to paint God as we see Him and be arrogant enough to say that is it!  He is so much more.  Better for us to simply do as He says in His word, let His Holy Spirit guide us; simply trusting by faith that He is all this and more.  There will come a day we will see Him as He is; we will join with Him in unity and love.  Look for that day!!

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“To whom will he teach knowledge..”

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Isaiah 28:1-13

Ah, the proud crown of the drunkards of Ephraim, and the fading flower of its glorious beauty, which is on the head of the rich valley of those overcome with wine!

  Behold, the Lord has one who is mighty and strong; like a storm of hail, a destroying tempest, like a storm of mighty, overflowing waters, he casts down to the earth with his hand.

The proud crown of the drunkards of Ephraim will be trodden underfoot;

and the fading flower of its glorious beauty, which is on the head of the rich valley, will be like a first-ripe fig before the summer: when someone sees it, he swallows it as soon as it is in his hand.

  In that day the LORD of hosts will be a crown of glory, and a diadem of beauty, to the remnant of his people,

and a spirit of justice to him who sits in judgment, and strength to those who turn back the battle at the gate.

These also reel with wine and stagger with strong drink; the priest and the prophet reel with strong drink, they are swallowed by wine, they stagger with strong drink, they reel in vision, they stumble in giving judgment.

  For all tables are full of filthy vomit, with no space left.

  “To whom will he teach knowledge, and to whom will he explain the message? Those who are weaned from the milk, those taken from the breast?

  For it is precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little.”

  For by people of strange lips and with a foreign tongue the LORD will speak to this people,

  to whom he has said, “This is rest; give rest to the weary; and this is repose”; yet they would not hear.

  And the word of the LORD will be to them precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little, that they may go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.

Who will know the word of God?

Who will understand?

Those who seek the face of God?

Those who see his hand?

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Who is strong but the Lord?

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Psalm 21

The king shall have joy in Your strength, O LORD;

​​And in Your salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!

​​You have given him his heart’s desire,

​​And have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah

For You meet him with the blessings of goodness;

​​You set a crown of pure gold upon his head.

​​He asked life from You, and You gave it to him—

​​Length of days forever and ever.

 ​​His glory is great in Your salvation;

​​Honor and majesty You have placed upon him.

For You have made him most blessed forever;

​​You have made him exceedingly glad with Your presence.

 ​​For the king trusts in the LORD,

​​And through the mercy of the Most High he shall not be moved.

 ​​Your hand will find all Your enemies;

​​Your right hand will find those who hate You.

You shall make them as a fiery oven in the time of Your anger;

​​The LORD shall swallow them up in His wrath,

​​And the fire shall devour them.

​​Their offspring You shall destroy from the earth,

​​And their descendants from among the sons of men.

 ​​For they intended evil against You;

​​They devised a plot which they are not able to perform.

​​Therefore You will make them turn their back;

​​You will make ready Your arrows on Your string toward their faces.

 ​​Be exalted, O LORD, in Your own strength!

​​We will sing and praise Your power.

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Any who rise against the Lord face his sure wrath.  The psalmist uses strong words to describe the fate of those who come against the Lord.  The consequences extend all the way to their children for generations:

“You will destroy their descendents from the earth…”

This psalm magnifies the power of God and gives thanks for the blessings given to the one who trusted in him.