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Praying the Psalms – Psalm 14: The Prodigals

The Psalms is a book of prayers. It covers a wide range of human emotions and can be a catalyst for when you don’t know what to say to God! Join me as I pray through the Psalms. I would love for you to add your prayers and prayer requests in the comments, and I will pray for you right here on the blog.

Psalm 14 (Original text, NIV)

“The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.

The Lord looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God.

All have turned aside, they have together become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.

Will evildoers never learn – those who devour my people as men eat bread and who do not call on the Lord?

There they are, overwhelmed with dread, for God is present in the company of the righteous.

You evildoers frustrate the plans of the poor, but the Lord is their refuge.

Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion! When the Lord restores the fortunes of his people, let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!”

A prayer inspired by Psalm 14:

I’ve struggled to write this one, Lord. You know that.

Because it’s about those people. The ones who have turned their backs on you.

(Please help me get this right.)

When I see or hear what has happened since they turned away, it literally hurts. It’s so hard to watch.

If there’s any ounce of them – any little part – that still seeks you, that still wants you, you will find it. Awaken that part in them, that they would call on you again.

I love the verse in this Psalm that says you are looking for anyone who truly seeks you. And yet, the following verse is sobering, because it says there is no one who does good. So even though it’s tempting to point at people who turn away, I know the fickleness of my own heart. How easily I can be swept aside.

But what about when they go on the attack? Their words, their slights, the memes they post – they sting. They hurt.

We must continue to pray. Because in the long run, they are hurting themselves. We know that you are not shaken by mockery. So, neither should we be. Mockery never stopped you from loving – even as you hung on the cross and died.

May you heal us when we feel hurt or offended and strengthen us to pray with grace, putting our trust in you, and tapping into your love for them.

Reclaim your people, Lord! Your love and desire for them has not changed. May they find their way back to you…and back into fellowship with us as well.

Amen.

To catch up on the rest of this series, you may click the following links:

As mentioned earlier, please feel free to add your prayers and prayer requests in the comments. I would love to pray with and for you. May you be blessed today!

Warm wishes,

Lisa

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Praying the Psalms – Psalm 13: The darkness that overwhelms

The Psalms is a book of prayers. It covers a wide range of human emotions and can be a catalyst for when you don’t know what to say to God! Join me as I pray through the Psalms. I would love for you to add your prayers and prayer requests in the comments, and I will pray for you right here on the blog.

Psalm 13 (Original text, NIV)

“How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?

How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me?

Look on me and answer, O Lord my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death; my enemy will say, ‘I have overcome him,’ and my foes will rejoice when I fall.

But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.

I will sing to the Lord, for he has been good to me.”

A prayer inspired by Psalm 13:

A dark tunnel without an end. This is how life has felt, at times, Lord. Or, a dark cloud that stalks me. Follows me around, even if it is sunny everywhere else.

When I feel that way, it’s very hard to keep putting one foot in front of the other. Even to get up and brush my teeth is a challenge. It’s the loss of hope that does me in sometimes. Blinds me. Even if there are good things around me, I can’t see them. Or, they don’t matter. They can’t compete, sometimes, with the darkness that overwhelms.

I’ve heard someone refer to it as being your own worst enemy. Yes, I’ve definitely had days like that. When I just can’t take it any more. My mind in distress. Anxious thoughts taking over. Consumed with anger and frustration. Weeping uncontrollably. Unable to interact with anyone.

Those days are awful, Lord. And the worst part? I can’t even stop it when it happens. It’s like a runaway train.

Please be with us, Lord. We need your help severely, when those attacks are unleashed upon us. They don’t only affect us, but our families, and the other people around us.

Calm our hearts and minds. Give us the strength to stop crying. To brush our teeth. Make dinner. Smile, and interact with our kids.

Help us to be able to take breaks when we need them. Please show us what we need to do to calm ourselves – maybe just go into the bathroom and close the door for a few minutes. Lay down on the couch and close our eyes. Send the kids to their rooms for a breather.

Lord, bring Bible verses to our minds to encourage us. Infuse us with your Spirit, and breathe into us your peace and life.

Show us practical steps that we can take, to prevent ourselves from falling into overwhelm and despair. And Lord, reach into our lives and help us. Relieve us, Lord, of those problems that we just can’t take anymore. Where the heartbreak is just too much to bear.

And Lord, if the time has not yet come for those situations to be resolved or removed, give us the strength to bear up under them, moment by moment. Provide us with miracles of sustenance, allowing us to be filled with joy and peace that defies expectations and enables us to again rise up in worship of you. For that, O Lord, is the place of purest relief.

Amen.

To catch up on the rest of this series, you may click the following links:

As mentioned earlier, please feel free to add your prayers and prayer requests in the comments. I would love to pray with and for you. May you be blessed today!

Warm wishes,

Lisa

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Spiritual Starvation

Have you ever come out of an especially dark season and been surprised by joy? Or been released from an extended period of fear and tension, to finally collapse into the warmth and rest of safety? Has a load ever been lifted, that left you feeling lighter and freer than you ever thought you could feel?

Or, on the other end of the spectrum – have you gone without something for so long, that you acclimatized to the gnawing pains of hunger within you?

Have you become accustomed to starvation?

This is the question that has been winding around my brain over the past couple of weeks – ever since I participated in a three-day food fast along with my church. Now, I really suck at fasting. I’ve never been able to do the full three days, as many people are able to do. This time around, I fasted from breakfast and lunch for two days, and that was as far as I got.

But it always amazes me, even with the partial fast, how I notice such an intense difference in my body as soon as I begin to eat normally again. With my first meal, I can literally feel my energy being renewed. Minute by minute, my alertness and strength return in fuller and fuller measure. It is as if I am a depleted gas tank, and fuel is being poured into me – from my head, to my stomach, and into my limbs, fingertips, and toes.

The first day after my most recent fast, when I again ate a full three meals, I felt almost euphoric. That afternoon, I went out skating with my boys in the crisp air for a good hour and a half. Then as I was in the kitchen making supper after returning home, I felt positively light, awake, and even…bouncy! I asked myself, “My goodness, why do I feel so good?” And then I remembered: I had eaten that day!

It was as if, even in that very short amount of time, I had forgotten what it felt like to be full.

And it caused me to ask myself another question: How am I doing spiritually? Am I walking around full of the Holy Spirit? Or am I hungry? Depleted? Wasting away, and trying to fill the emptiness with all kinds of silly things that have no nutrition – no staying power?

How many of us – even Christians, in the Church, are bored? Tired? Longing? Famished?

And if so, are we even aware of our state? Or have we become accustomed to spiritual starvation?

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If I reflect on my years of following Jesus, there have been a few precious times when He has jolted me awake with a shock of His love. For example – an unexpected affirmation, deep in my spirit, that comes out of nowhere and leaves me amazed at His goodness. Or a precise and immediate snipping of some kind of tie that had kept me bound for years. Or an overflowing of love for God and other people that I’m not capable of on my own.

But let me be honest – these moments are the exception, not the rule.

And though they leave me feeling full when they happen – sometimes, for days; the effect generally does wear off.

I get hungry.

And that is when I need to return and let His Spirit fill me again. Like having three square meals a day: if I don’t keep up the habit, I run out of steam.

No, it’s not always a feast that I can live off of for days to come. (Maybe this is intentional, because He wants us to keep coming back!) But it’s regular, solid nutrition, that keeps me grounded in Him and gives me the stamina to persevere from day to day.

And as I get into the habit of filling my spiritual stomach with what it needs – the Word, meditation, and conversing with God – it becomes the thing I reach for, without even a second thought.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”

Matthew 5:6 NIV

“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.

Psalm 34:8 NIV

“The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.”

Psalm 34:10 NIV

Dear Lord:

It saddens and surprises me that I could be starving spiritually, without even knowing it. Help us, as your Church, to learn what it means to be full. To not grow so accustomed to pangs of hunger that we fail to acknowledge they’re even there, or attribute them to something else. We need you, Lord – like water, like food. Fill us anew and give us grace to face what you have for us today, and in the coming days.

Thank you, Jesus. We love you, Lord.

Amen.

Are you hungry for more of God? Can I pray for you? Leave any prayer requests you may have in the comments.

Warm wishes,

Lisa

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Praying the Psalms – Psalm 12: Words

The Psalms is a book of prayers. It covers a wide range of human emotions and can be a catalyst for when you don’t know what to say to God! Join me as I pray through the Psalms. I would love for you to add your prayers and prayer requests in the comments, and I will pray for you right here on the blog.

Psalm 12 (Original text, NIV)

“Help, Lord, for the godly are no more; the faithful have vanished from among men.

Everyone lies to his neighbor; their flattering lips speak with deception.

May the Lord cut off all flattering lips and every boastful tongue that says, ‘We will triumph with our tongues; we own our lips – who is our master?’

‘Because of the oppression of the weak and the groaning of the needy, I will now arise,’ says the Lord. ‘I will protect them from those who malign them.’

And the words of the Lord are flawless, like silver refined in a furnace of clay, purified seven times.

O Lord, you will keep us safe and protect us from such people forever.

The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men.”

A prayer inspired by Psalm 12:

God, in my life, I have sometimes felt so alone. In dark places, where I was the only one who loved you. The only one who followed you.

It’s difficult to hold fast. To resist the temptations to just join in. Even in small ways, like insincerity. Flattering others, to better my own position. Boasting. Or dominating others – trying to climb over them.

Because the ones who talk (or write?) the fastest and the most get noticed the fastest and gain the most. We wave our flags and wag our tongues and claim that freedom of speech is a human right while shoving down the views we don’t like. That’s the way of the world. The way of business, the way of success.

But it’s not your way.

I imagine you shaking your head when we do this. Watching the quiet ones. The ones we climb over and push down, for the sake of our own gain.

Forgive us, Lord. This way is wrong.

Let us not be the ones to malign others anymore. Help us, instead, to listen. To consider. To thoughtfully respond.

And if we are the ones who are left behind, ignored, or shut down, help us to not despair. Because what really matters is that our hearts are right with you. That we continue to submit to you – our thoughts, our ways, our words.

Because you are always listening, though the rest of the world may not be. Thank you, Lord, for being a God who hears our words, and even, our quietest thoughts. Even the things we’re barely aware of ourselves. You are good.

And your words, unlike ours, are purest gold. May we have nothing to say, nothing to write, unless it is blessed and enabled by you.

May we not join in with the majority, enamored by their success and the things they have on this earth.

We love you, Lord.

Amen.

To catch up on the rest of this series, you may click the following links:

As mentioned earlier, please feel free to add your prayers and prayer requests in the comments. I would love to pray with and for you. May you be blessed today!

Warm wishes,

Lisa

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Praying the Psalms – Psalm 11: It’s Coming

The Psalms is a book of prayers. It covers a wide range of human emotions and can be a catalyst for when you don’t know what to say to God! Join me as I pray through the Psalms. I would love for you to add your prayers and prayer requests in the comments, and I will pray for you right here on the blog.

Psalm 11 (Original text, NIV)

“In the Lord I take refuge. How then can you say to me: ‘Flee like a bird to your mountain.

For look, the wicked bend their bows; they set their arrows against the strings to shoot from the shadows at the upright in heart.

When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?’

The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord is on his heavenly throne.

He observes the sons of men; his eyes examine them.

The Lord examines the righteous, but the wicked and those who love violence his soul hates.

On the wicked he will rain fiery coals and burning sulfur; a scorching wind will be their lot.

For the Lord is righteous, he loves justice; upright men will see his face.”

A prayer inspired by Psalm 11:

Sometimes I forget.

We don’t always want to talk about your strength, Lord. Your justice. That you are intent on setting things right – not just complying with whatever humans want to do.

It’s offensive to anyone who disagrees with you.

But God, you are the final word.

So why should I be afraid to follow you? To stand up for your ways?

Why should I fly away at the slightest threat, like a scared little bird?

You are giving us lots of time. You are patient.

But you are still on the throne.

And you’re watching. Nothing escapes your sight. You will acknowledge, all who acknowledge you. You will save whoever asks to be saved.

Thank you, Lord, for your watchfulness. Your alertness. May this be a sobering thought to us all. May we remember to be faithful to your guidance, rather than following our own selfish ideologies.

For we know, your day is coming. The day when you will again reveal yourself with power.

Prepare us, Lord. Please set our hearts right before you.

In Jesus’ name I ask.

Amen.

To catch up on the rest of this series, you may click the following links:

As mentioned earlier, please feel free to add your prayers and prayer requests in the comments. I would love to pray with and for you. May you be blessed today!

Warm wishes,

Lisa

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Praying the Psalms – Psalm 10: A prayer for the helpless

The Psalms is a book of prayers. It covers a wide range of human emotions and can be a catalyst for when you don’t know what to say to God! Join me as I pray through the Psalms. I would love for you to add your prayers and prayer requests in the comments, and I will pray for you right here on the blog.

Psalm 10 (Original text, NIV)

“Why, O Lord, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?

In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak, who are caught in the schemes he devises.

He boasts of the cravings of his heart; he blesses the greedy and reviles the Lord.

In his pride the wicked does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God.

His ways are always prosperous; he is haughty and your laws are far from him; he sneers at all his enemies.

He says to himself, ‘Nothing will shake me; I’ll always be happy and never have trouble.’

His mouth is full of curses and lies and threats; trouble and evil are under his tongue.

He lies in wait near the villages; from ambush he murders the innocent, watching in secret for his victims.

He lies in wait like a lion in cover; he lies in wait to catch the helpless; he catches the helpless and drags them off in his net.

His victims are crushed, they collapse; they fall under his strength.

He says to himself, ‘God has forgotten; he covers his face and never sees.’

Arise, Lord! Lift up your hand, O God. Do not forget the helpless.

Why does the wicked man revile God? Why does he say to himself, ‘He won’t call me to account’?

But you, O God, do see trouble and grief; you consider it to take it in hand. The victim commits himself to you; you are the helper of the fatherless.

Break the arm of the wicked and evil man; call him to account for his wickedness that would not be found out.

The Lord is King for ever and ever; the nations will perish from his land.

You hear, O Lord, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry, defending the fatherless and the oppressed, in order that man, who is of the earth, may terrify no more.”

A prayer inspired by Psalm 10:

Lord, I usually don’t even want to think about it. I can’t bear to.

The injustices. The violence. Done to the most innocent and helpless of people. Every single day.

One of the reasons I don’t want to think about it is, it just seems too big for me to do anything about. But there is one thing I can do. I can pray.

So I lift them up to you today, Lord. The ones my heart cries for the most are the unborn children. Of the weak and defenseless, they are the weakest. And the most defenseless. And they are the ones that are killed regularly in my country without even a law to protect them.

Rather, what is protected, and fought for, is the right to continue killing them. The right to live without the distraction or bother of children that could have otherwise been born and loved.

Biblical beliefs are scoffed at and disregarded as foolishness or even bigotry. It is scary to even admit my beliefs on this matter, because there are so many who vehemently oppose them. And yet by saying nothing, I am part of the problem.

Arise, Lord! Do not forget these helpless ones. I don’t know how you will do it. But please put an end to the killing of babies.

How can we believe there will be no consequences for these actions? How can we all go on as if nothing is wrong? You are witness to the blood that is spilt every day. You know who they would have been. What they would have looked like; what their personalities would have been. You designed them. You gave them life – a sacred thing. Only for it to be taken away from them without cause.

I commit these victims to your care, and though I tremble inwardly to say it, please call our nation to account on this matter. Be merciful, I ask, but put an end to this evil.

I have no way of influencing the leaders and decision makers on this matter but You, Lord, are the true King of all lands, including Canada. You hear the voices of those who have no voice. I praise you for this. Defend them; comfort them; protect them; put an end to their terror.

I ask in your name.

Amen.

To catch up on the rest of this series, you may click the following links:

As mentioned earlier, please feel free to add your prayers and prayer requests in the comments. I would love to pray with and for you. May you be blessed today!

Warm wishes,

Lisa

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Praying the Psalms – Psalm 9: Remembering

The Psalms is a book of prayers. It covers a wide range of human emotions and can be a catalyst for when you don’t know what to say to God! Join me as I pray through the Psalms. I would love for you to add your prayers and prayer requests in the comments, and I will pray for you right here on the blog.

Psalm 9 (Original text, NIV)

“I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders.

I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.

My enemies turn back; they stumble and perish before you. For you have upheld my right and my cause; you have sat on your throne, judging righteously.

You have rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked; you have blotted out their name for ever and ever.

Endless ruin has overtaken the enemy, you have uprooted their cities; even the memory of them has perished.

The Lord reigns forever; he has established his throne for judgment. He will judge the world in righteousness; he will govern the peoples with justice.

The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.

Sing praises to the Lord, enthroned in Zion; proclaim among the nations what he has done. For he who avenges blood remembers; he does not ignore the cry of the afflicted.

O Lord, see how my enemies persecute me! Have mercy and lift me up from the gates of death, that I may declare your praises in the gates of the Daughter of Zion and there rejoice in your salvation.

The nations have fallen into the pit they have dug; their feet are caught in the net they have hidden.

The Lord is known by his justice; the wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands.

The wicked return to the grave, all the nations that forget God. But the needy will not always be forgotten, nor the hope of the afflicted ever perish.

Arise, O Lord, let not man triumph; let the nations be judged in your presence.

Strike them with terror, O Lord; let the nations know they are but men.”

A prayer inspired by Psalm 9:

Thank you, Lord, for all you have done in my life. Please give me the ability to share it with people in a way they will understand.

Thank you for the relief and joy you have brought me over the years. I’ve called on you many times, and you have never failed me!

In my life, some problems have seemed insurmountable. And yet, they are problems to me no longer! To the extent that, sometimes, I hardly remember them. You have made a way in impossible situations. You have restored relationships. You have brought physical healing, material resources, spiritual freedom, and mental wellness. You have sustained me during my darkest times. For all of these, Lord, I praise and thank you. I don’t know where I would be without you.

You’re with us for the long haul. We read of your many victories in the Bible. We experience the touch of your Spirit. We look forward to your righteous rule on earth. You don’t give up on us.

You have a special way with anyone who is in distress. You never ignore us when we call on you.

You always remember us. We must always remember you, and all the things you have done in our lives. Lord, help us to not forget. To not forget your goodness and faithfulness. To not forget to thank you for the hope you have brought us.

I’m not done here yet, Lord. I still ask for your mercy. I will need your help. There are many things that scare me. Many things that threaten me. Struggles lay ahead. Be merciful, Father. Take care of me, through it all.

Help me to focus on your past victories in my life. May I gain strength from those memories, when my faith wavers.

I put my trust in your justice, even as I live out my days in a world that seems so dark. I know you have put limits on evil, on how far you will let it go. And no matter how dark or hopeless it seems, we know that you will always fight for those who remember their need for you.

Come back, Lord. We need you here. We need your help to restore our world.

Amen.

To catch up on the rest of this series, you may click the following links:

As mentioned earlier, please feel free to add your prayers and prayer requests in the comments. I would love to pray with and for you. May you be blessed today!

Warm wishes,

Lisa

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Praying the Psalms – Pause (Selah?)

Good morning! I am speaking to you from yesterday evening, as I write these posts the night before. And tonight, I am tired. It has been a day. I invite you to catch up on any Psalm prayers you may have missed (links are below), and do leave any prayer requests you have in the comments. I hope to resume with Psalm 9 tomorrow.

Let’s remain at Jesus’ feet, where true life is found!

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Warmest wishes, love and blessings –

Lisa

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Praying the Psalms – Psalm 8: Humility

The Psalms is a book of prayers. It covers a wide range of human emotions and can be a catalyst for when you don’t know what to say to God! Join me as I pray through the Psalms. I would love for you to add your prayers and prayer requests in the comments, and I will pray for you right here on the blog.

Psalm 8 (Original text, NIV)

“O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.

From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.

When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?

You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.

You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet: all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.

O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”

A prayer inspired by Psalm 8:

Lord, you created everything we see here. Even in my small life, I’ve seen and experienced things that have amazed me. Fluorescent sunrises and sunsets. Frost that intricately coats tree branches, and then sparkles in the air when the wind catches it. The intoxicating aroma of a warm June day. The music of a child’s laughter.

And that’s only what I can see. That’s only what I know. You created, not only all those things, but the things that stretch beyond my sight and experience. You’re more amazing than the most amazing things, though I cannot comprehend it.

Incomprehensible, yet accessible to the smallest child. I thank you for the faith of children. For how soft their hearts are to your gentle touch. For how quickly they put their faith in you, with abandon. For how you use them, to bring light and joy and drive away darkness.

And to think of it – that this great big story, which you are slowly weaving, revolves around us, as small and insignificant and slight as we are? Just the other day, I was reflecting on how little I’ve traveled. But even if I had seen the whole world, that is only a fraction of what you have made. In the midst of all of that – could we really be the object of your affection and attention? That’s what you said. And Jesus proved it.

We may boast of human progress, but all that advancement, all that glory, is only there because you have bestowed it. You have allowed it. It’s not to our credit.

You’ve given us some abilities, sure – but even more than that, I think, it’s because of your permission that we have been able to do what we’ve done. You’ve allowed us to use the things that you made – to learn, to discover, to build.

But let us never forget, that you are the source. Help us to submit to your sovereign rule, and not become all puffed up with pride, as if we had made the world ourselves.

Amen.

To catch up on the rest of this series, you may click the following links:

As mentioned earlier, please feel free to add your prayers and prayer requests in the comments. I would love to pray with and for you. May you be blessed today!

Warm wishes,

Lisa

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Praying the Psalms – Psalm 7: For When You Are Attacked

The Psalms is a book of prayers. It covers a wide range of human emotions and can be a catalyst for when you don’t know what to say to God! Join me as I pray through the Psalms. I would love for you to add your prayers and prayer requests in the comments, and I will pray for you right here on the blog.

Psalm 7 (Original text, NIV)

“O Lord my God, I take refuge in you; save and deliver me from all who pursue me, or they will tear me like a lion and rip me to pieces with no one to rescue me.

O Lord my God, if I have done this and there is guilt on my hands – if I have done evil to him who is at peace with me or without cause have robbed my foe – then let my enemy pursue and overtake me; let him trample my life to the ground and make me sleep in the dust.

Arise, O Lord, in your anger; rise up against the rage of my enemies. Awake, my God; decree justice.

Let the assembled peoples gather around you. Rule over them from on high; let the Lord judge the peoples.

Judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness, according to my integrity, O Most High.

O righteous God, who searches minds and hearts, bring to an end the violence of the wicked and make the righteous secure.

My shield is God Most High, who saves the upright in heart. God is a righteous judge, a God who expresses his wrath every day.

If he does not relent, he will sharpen his sword; he will bend and string his bow.

He has prepared his deadly weapons; he makes ready his flaming arrows.

He who is pregnant with evil and conceives trouble gives birth to disillusionment.

He who digs a hole and scoops it out falls into the pit he has made.

The trouble he causes recoils on himself; his violence comes down on his own head.

I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High.”

A prayer inspired by Psalm 7:

Oh, Lord. We’ve all been here before: attacked. It seems to come from nowhere. A sideswipe, perhaps. Or maybe, a punch directly to the gut.

It’s shocking. And it hurts.

Lord, if there’s anything I’ve done – a sin I need to repent of – please reveal it to me! If there is a reason for what I’m experiencing that I can’t see, please show me your perspective.

Please fight for me, Lord. I feel so alone in this. Even if I were to attempt to explain it, I don’t think anyone could understand it but you. I need your intervention in this situation!

You are the best one to judge between us, Lord. Only you know what is in our minds and hearts. I invite you to do this, because you are good. You will restore what is right – even in the most impossible situations. You can, and you will. You will do it, right before our eyes. I wait for this, Father. I anticipate it. Your judgments. Your righteous rule.

What a blessing, to feel your approval! And how gently you restore me, whenever I lose my way. You save me, because you see my heart. You see how badly I wish to follow you. You know how I love you, Jesus.

And, you are powerful! All too quickly, we water you down. We assume that you can’t, or you won’t. But you can, and you will! Lord, humble our hearts before you. Remind us of who you are! You are well-equipped to defend and save, any and all who call on your name.

Though I may be tempted, I know there is no benefit to acting poorly in this situation. It will only recoil back on myself. For that is the way of things. That is your design.

Instead, I bring my case before you, Father. Thank you for your goodness; your righteousness; your trustworthiness. You will never let me down.

Amen.

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Warm wishes,

Lisa