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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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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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Hi, I'm Lisa, a born-and-bred-in-Manitoba mom of 2 boys. Having lived in 7 different Manitoba towns or cities, I've managed to stay warm in them all 😜❄. I am trained as a music therapist but currently work as a fulltime stay-at-home-mom by day, and a piano teacher in the evenings. By night, well...I sleep. Usually.

11 thoughts on “Praying the Psalms – Psalm 7: For When You Are Attacked

    1. Oh my, I’m sorry to hear that! Lord, please strengthen Michelle and her family, and remove these attacks from them! Please defend them, and render the attacks harmless against them. Please heal the damage that has been done. In your name I ask, Amen.

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