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Where is Justice?

Justice

honesty, integrity, due process, truth, penalty

I have to wonder, Lord.  Where is justice?

Bombs rain down upon innocent children, leaving them standing in rubble, covered in soot as white tear stains run down their cheeks.  Where is justice?

I read of families running for their lives, their homes utterly destroyed.  Their children drown in seas and the small lifeless bodies wash up on shores.  They battle their way to borders only to find them closed.  Where is justice?

Girls and children are stolen, bought and sold for sex.  As they disappear from the headlines they fade from our minds and hearts, forgotten in a sea of unimaginable horrors.  Where is justice?

I confess Lord, there are days I weep and rail against injustice.  I long for all of this wickedness to end.  What do I do, how do I help?

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You are right to be a woman who seeks justice.  The desire to defend the oppressed, the widow, and orphan comes from Me.   

I love justice and I will guide you to do what is right, to do your part. 

When your heart is filled with the anguish of this world, return to Me. As you wait in My presence you will find love and justice once again. 

It is not your place to take revenge, leave that to Me.  I will avenge, I will repay.  I am the Lord God Almighty!

Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. Isaiah 1:17

Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.  Romans 12:19

 The LORD God Almighty, the LORD is his name!  But you must return to your God; maintain love and justice, and wait for your God always. Hosea 12: 5-6

 

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Praying the Psalms Project

Psalm 21 – Praying the Psalms Project

We all have times in our life when we are overwhelmed and feel plain old weak.  We feel like we are not winning at life and there is defeat at every door.  It seems as if this world in which we live is full of evil and we just cannot see the good.

David reminds us in this Psalm that –

We are not strong.  He is. 

We are not victorious.  He Is 

We are not joyful.  He is.

The great news-  He is and He Lives in us, He hears us and He knows our heart. 

He is our strength, our joy, He equips us and causes us to become victorious!

Psalm 21

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

The king rejoices in your strength, Lord.
    How great is his joy in the victories you give!

You have granted him his heart’s desire
    and have not withheld the request of his lips.
You came to greet him with rich blessings
    and placed a crown of pure gold on his head.
He asked you for life, and you gave it to him—
    length of days, for ever and ever.
Through the victories you gave, his glory is great;
    you have bestowed on him splendor and majesty.
Surely you have granted him unending blessings
    and made him glad with the joy of your presence.
For the king trusts in the Lord;
    through the unfailing love of the Most High
    he will not be shaken.

Your hand will lay hold on all your enemies;
    your right hand will seize your foes.
When you appear for battle,
    you will burn them up as in a blazing furnace.
The Lord will swallow them up in his wrath,
    and his fire will consume them.
10 You will destroy their descendants from the earth,
    their posterity from mankind.
11 Though they plot evil against you
    and devise wicked schemes, they cannot succeed.
12 You will make them turn their backs
    when you aim at them with drawn bow.

13 Be exalted in your strength, Lord;
    we will sing and praise your might.

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I rejoice in Your strength Lord.

When You give me victories, I am filled with joy.

You grant me my heart’s desires – you listen to my requests.

You have given me many blessings – I feel like queen.

You gave me my life, each and every day.

In my victories, you are glorified, Lord.

I am blessed to be part of your Royal Family.

Your blessings are unending.  In Your presence I am glad.

I trust in You and Your unfailing love. 

Inside Your love I cannot be shaken.  

Your Hand grasps Your enemies, Lord.

When You show up for battle – you are like a blazing furnace.

You swallow Your enemies with fire.

I am so angry at the evil in the world, Lord.

They plot and plan wicked schemes.

You see them.

You cause them to turn their backs and You draw Your bow.

Lord, I exalt You!  You are mighty in strength.

I will sing Your praise!   – Amen

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Praying the Psalms Project Psalm 7

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 Innocent

Sons

Daughters

Children

The words enemy and wicked take on a whole new meaning to me.

Along with David –  I’m calling out for Justice today!

Psalm 7

A psalm of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning Cush of the tribe of Benjamin.

I come to you for protection, O Lord my God.
    Save me from my persecutors—rescue me!
If you don’t, they will maul me like a lion,
    tearing me to pieces with no one to rescue me.
O Lord my God, if I have done wrong
    or am guilty of injustice,
if I have betrayed a friend
    or plundered my enemy without cause,
then let my enemies capture me.
    Let them trample me into the ground
    and drag my honor in the dust. Interlude

Arise, O Lord, in anger!
    Stand up against the fury of my enemies!
    Wake up, my God, and bring justice!
Gather the nations before you.
    Rule over them from on high.
    The Lord judges the nations.
Declare me righteous, O Lord,
    for I am innocent, O Most High!
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. 

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Justice

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.

Rescue them!

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  

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Search Me Lord

Psalm 139

19 If only you, God, would slay the wicked!
Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!
20 They speak of you with evil intent;
your adversaries misuse your name.
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord,
and abhor those who are in rebellion against you?
22 I have nothing but hatred for them;
I count them my enemies.

I am guessing that David had some enemies, whom he had some strong feelings about.  Some who were out for his blood an evil people who hated David and the God he served. Continue reading “Search Me Lord”