Listen to my prayer, O God. Please do not ignore my cry for help! Please listen and answer me, for I am overwhelmed by my troubles. My enemies shout at me, making loud and wicked threats. They bring trouble on me and angrily hunt me down—my heart pounds in my chest. The terror of death assaults me. Fear and trembling overwhelm me, and I can’t stop shaking. Oh, that I had wings like a dove; then I would fly away and rest! I would fly far away to the quiet of the wilderness. Interlude How quickly I would escape— far from this wild storm of hatred. Confuse them, Lord, and frustrate their plans, for I see violence and conflict in the city. Its walls are patrolled day and night against invaders, but the real danger is wickedness within the city. Everything is falling apart; threats and cheating are rampant in the streets. It is not an enemy who taunts me— I could bear that. It is not my foes who so arrogantly insult me— I could have hidden from them. Instead, it is you—my equal, my companion and close friend. What good fellowship we once enjoyed as we walked together to the house of God. Let death stalk my enemies; let the grave swallow them alive, for evil makes its home within them. But I will call on God, and the Lord will rescue me. Morning, noon, and night I cry out in my distress, and the Lord hears my voice. He ransoms me and keeps me safe from the battle waged against me, though many still oppose me. God, who has ruled forever, will hear me and humble them. Interlude For my enemies refuse to change their ways; they do not fear God. As for my companion, he betrayed his friends; he broke his promises. His words are as smooth as butter, but in his heart is war. His words are as soothing as lotion, but underneath are daggers! Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall. But you, O God, will send the wicked down to the pit of destruction. Murderers and liars will die young, but I am trusting you to save me.
Psalms 55:1-23 NLT
When Jesus speaks, creation listens and produces what He intends; His word is not void. With gratitude, we wait with joyful expectation because He is Good, and He will take care of us; everything He intends for us is for our good. If you are in danger, please go to the Resource Page and seek help; God sends help from safe others as well!
Thank You, Heavenly, that I can rest in Your blessed assurance that You care for Your children and will take care of our every need according to the richness of Your mercy, grace, faithfulness, and unending love by the power of Your Holy Spirit. I give You my burdens of worry and fears; You are still in control, and You will keep me safe from ungodly men and women who wage war against me, confuse them, and frustrate their plans. Please don’t let seeds of doubt take root in me; may the light of Your presence sear any bitter root that tries to take hold of our hearts from the evil one and those who spread lies and deception within our homes and the community of believers. May discernment be our guide and lead us away from harm as gratitude and gladness protect us; we are hidden with Christ in You. In Jesus’ name, I pray for all Your children and those to come, amen.