I read this over the weekend – 10,000 Child Migrants Missing I am sick at heart and burning with anger. What kind of people do this? Steal children. Take 10,000 children and sink them into deep dark depths of human trafficking – selling them for sex.
The words enemy and wicked take on a whole new meaning to me.
Along with David – I’m calling out for Justice today!
A psalm of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning Cush of the tribe of Benjamin.
1 I come to you for protection, O Lord my God.
Save me from my persecutors—rescue me!
2 If you don’t, they will maul me like a lion,
tearing me to pieces with no one to rescue me.
3 O Lord my God, if I have done wrong
or am guilty of injustice,
4 if I have betrayed a friend
or plundered my enemy without cause,
5 then let my enemies capture me.
Let them trample me into the ground
and drag my honor in the dust. Interlude
6 Arise, O Lord, in anger!
Stand up against the fury of my enemies!
Wake up, my God, and bring justice!
7 Gather the nations before you.
Rule over them from on high.
8 The Lord judges the nations.
Declare me righteous, O Lord,
for I am innocent, O Most High!
9 End the evil of those who are wicked,
and defend the righteous.
For you look deep within the mind and heart,
O righteous God.
10 God is my shield,
saving those whose hearts are true and right.
11 God is an honest judge.
He is angry with the wicked every day.
12 If a person does not repent,
God will sharpen his sword;
he will bend and string his bow.
13 He will prepare his deadly weapons
and shoot his flaming arrows.
14 The wicked conceive evil;
they are pregnant with trouble
and give birth to lies.
15 They dig a deep pit to trap others,
then fall into it themselves.
16 The trouble they make for others backfires on them.
The violence they plan falls on their own heads.
17 I will thank the Lord because he is just;
I will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High.
Lord, I come to you today asking for protection not only for me and my house, but for children across the world who are being stolen, abused and sold.
Rescue them, Lord!
I know that they must feel as if they are being pulled apart by lions.
Lord, we all sin and fall short. Each guilty of injustice or betrayal of a friend. The list can go on and on.
You are the judge and You declare who is in right standing with You. When You look upon Your children – You see the righteousness of Your Son – Jesus.
You see the evil and wicked across the nations, the kind of wicked that steals children.
Let Your anger burn against them –
You see injustice. You see stolen children. You see the innocent suffering.
You know the ones who have taken them, who are evil and wicked.
Why do You let this go on?
You see into our hearts and minds and see who is righteous. Not one person can hide their heart from You.
You are the shield that defends us – saving those that have true and right hearts.
You are an honest judge, Lord. Every day You see the wicked and are angry with them.
If a person does not repent.
Your sword will be sharpened
Your bow string will bend – You will shoot arrows of fire.
Are You waiting for the wicked to repent?
How will they know of You, unless we tell them.
Are You waiting for us to tell them?
The wicked plan evil, are filled with trouble, full of lies and are busy setting traps for others.
You will cause them to fall right into their own trap. All of their evil will backfire on them.
I thank you Lord, that You are just and seek justice. I give You praise because You are the Lord who is higher than all of this evil. I ask for Your rescue and justice today!
Amen and Amen
Listen and Praying Along Here: Praying Psalm 7
Poor David, He sure is worried about his enemies. I guess if I were on the run, fearing for my life, I would be worried about them too. Even in the midst of this trial – his faith remains in his God.
Then I think of the many persecuted Christians living through out the world, who have physical enemies, just as David did. They have suffered and sacrificed to follow Jesus, with desperate prayers burning in their hearts and on their lips. They do not give up and they still follow Christ with abandon.
I want to be honest, I have not suffered to follow Christ. Not like them.
Who are my enemies?
– Fear – Unbelief – Doubt – Distraction – Pride –
Just to name a few
For the choir director: A psalm of David, to be accompanied by the flute.
1 O Lord, hear me as I pray;
pay attention to my groaning.
2 Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God,
for I pray to no one but you.
3 Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord.
Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.
4 O God, you take no pleasure in wickedness;
you cannot tolerate the sins of the wicked.
5 Therefore, the proud may not stand in your presence,
for you hate all who do evil.
6 You will destroy those who tell lies.
The Lord detests murderers and deceivers.
7 Because of your unfailing love, I can enter your house;
I will worship at your Temple with deepest awe.
8 Lead me in the right path, O Lord,
or my enemies will conquer me.
Make your way plain for me to follow.
9 My enemies cannot speak a truthful word.
Their deepest desire is to destroy others.
Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave.
Their tongues are filled with flattery.
10 O God, declare them guilty.
Let them be caught in their own traps.
Drive them away because of their many sins,
for they have rebelled against you.
11 But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;
let them sing joyful praises forever.
Spread your protection over them,
that all who love your name may be filled with joy.
12 For you bless the godly, O Lord;
you surround them with your shield of love.
Father, thank you for hearing me when I cry out to You. Some days as I see the suffering in this world, I have no words, only groans.
Never will I pray to anyone but You, Lord. Never.
I come back to You every morning. A new day with new challenges. I am excited as I wait to hear Your voice.
I know that You do not tolerate sinful wickedness – no, not one bit. Some days I try to close my eyes to it all – to the proud and the evil, the liars and deceivers, murders and abusers. Those that say and do unspeakable things.
I know that you have called me to pay attention and to pray with my eyes open.
Thank you that I live in a country where I can go to Your House and worship with arms wide open.
Help me not to stumble off of Your Path, so I will not be consumed by my enemies.
I really need You to make Your path for me – straight and plain, so that I don’t become lost.
Teach me to be alert, that I will not fall into the trap of false flattery. It does me no good at all.
Many will struggle against You and lead lives of destruction, I don’t want to be one of them.
You are my safe place, Lord. May Your praise always be on my lips, forever and always!
Thank you, that Your protection has me covered. Because I love You – I am filled with joy, no matter my circumstances.
Help me to live a life set apart to You, that I will always feel Your shield of love surround me.
Amen and Amen
Listen and Pray Along Here: Praying Psalm 5
This week our church congregation started a week of prayer and fasting. Honestly I was so worried about the food preparation that I neglected to really focus on the spiritual aspect.
That tells you how much we love food at our house !
Over the first three days I stood and stared at my neglected coffee pot and said to the Lord, Forgive me for not making You first Lord, where should I focus my Bible reading? He led me to the Psalms.
As I read Psalm 1 I thought – this is the most beautiful prayer. I have been praying God’s Word for years, but have never prayed through the Psalms.
I want you to join me. You will see a series pop up called the “Praying the Psalms Project”
Each Post will start with the Psalm, following it will be my prayer. The prayers will be raw and real, edited only a little for spelling.
I will also add a link to an audio file where you will hear me pray the prayer. I have found that folks are fearful to pray out-loud, this makes hearing a scripture prayer, prayed out-loud all that more exciting.
Read, listen, enjoy, sink into them and pray them as your own.
Most of all dig into the Psalms and know that they are for us today!