Posted by: Larry Hoekman | August 3, 2017

Psalms — Psalm 140 – Protection, Revenge, and Hope!

Day 2819: Rain in the Central Coast of California in August – yep!

Scripture: Rescue me, O Lord, from evil men; preserve me from violent men who devise evil things in their hearts; they continually stir up wars. They sharpen their tongues as a serpent; poison of a viper is under their lips. Selah. 

I said to the Lord, “You are my God; give ear, O Lord, to the voice of my supplications. O God the Lord, the strength of my salvation, You have covered my head in the day of battle. Do not grant, O Lord, the desires of the wicked; do not promote his evil device, that they not be exalted.” Selah.

“As for the head of those who surround me, may the mischief of their lips cover them. May burning coals fall upon them; may they be cast into the fire, into deep pits from which they cannot rise.”

I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted and justice for the poor. Surely the righteous will give thanks to Your name; the upright will dwell in Your presence.

Thoughts/questions: A prayer of protection; a request for revenge; and a statement of hope! All of these share one common denominator: bringing one’s concerns directly to the One who has the power to help and is the One who is responsible for vengeance!

We can’t provide protection though we try. We aren’t suppose to take revenge in our own hands. We can only find true hope in the One who eventually will bring justice to all. The Psalmist knew his place and who his God is. Do you?

Suggested prayer:  Father God, may my trust be only in You . . .

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