Podcast · Praying the Psalms Project

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. 

psalm 7

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  

SINCE 1991 (3)

Podcast · Praying the Psalms Project

Praying the Psalms Project Psalm 3

Psalm 3

A psalm of David, regarding the time David fled from his son Absalom.

O Lord, I have so many enemies;
    so many are against me.
So many are saying,
    “God will never rescue him!” Interlude

But you, O Lord, are a shield around me;
    you are my glory, the one who holds my head high.
I cried out to the Lord,
    and he answered me from his holy mountain. Interlude

I lay down and slept,
    yet I woke up in safety,
    for the Lord was watching over me.
I am not afraid of ten thousand enemies
    who surround me on every side.

Arise, O Lord!
    Rescue me, my God!
Slap all my enemies in the face!
    Shatter the teeth of the wicked!
Victory comes from you, O Lord.
    May you bless your people.

Psalm 3 Mt Sinai

Lord, unlike David, I like to pretend my enemies don’t exist.  I am reminded today  that there is an enemy of my soul, his name is Satan.  His goal – to steal from me, kill me and destroy me.  He will use whatever means necessary, even the people closest to me, to wound me and make me feel isolated.  

I know there are many naysayers out there who think I am a fool for believing You have my back. I am sure  that when I cry out to you, you hear me.  Not only do you hear me Lord, you answer me. 

When I lay down to sleep at night, worry does not plague me.  I know that no matter the situation you are watching over me, keeping me and those I love safe. I can rest in that!

When I call out to you – Arise, Oh Lord, Rescue me, my God!  You are near to me, giving me direction and peace.  Those who doubt You are left in awe – almost like being slapped in the face. With that slap you wake them up to see who You really are. 

I thank you, Lord that my every victory in this life comes from You. That you are a God who blesses His people and that includes me.  I am blessed for knowing you, Lord.   Amen and Amen 

Listen here  Praying Psalm 3

SINCE 1991 (2)

Photo:  Saint Catherine at the foot of Mount Sinai, Egypt, 9 January 2013 (from Egyptian Museum’s Facebook wall)