Deliver me, O Lord, from evil men; preserve me from violent men,
2 who plan evil things in their heart and stir up wars continually.
3 They make their tongue sharp as a serpent’s, and under their lips is the venom of asps. Selah
4 Guard me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from violent men, who have planned to trip up my feet.
5 The arrogant have hidden a trap for me, and with cords they have spread a net; beside the way they have set snares for me. Selah
6 I say to the Lord, You are my God; give ear to the voice of my pleas for mercy, O Lord!
7 O Lord, my Lord, the strength of my salvation, you have covered my head in the day of battle.
8 Grant not, O Lord, the desires of the wicked; do not further their evil plot, or they will be exalted! Selah
9 As for the head of those who surround me, let the mischief of their lips overwhelm them!
10 Let burning coals fall upon them! Let them be cast into fire, into miry pits, no more to rise!
11 Let not the slanderer be established in the land; let evil hunt down the violent man speedily!
12 I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and will execute justice for the needy.
13 Surely the righteous shall give thanks to your name; the upright shall dwell in your presence.
What a weekend! I had surgery on my shoulder on Friday morning and as I sat at home recovering I, like millions all over the world, sat shocked, motionless, and confused as the news out of Newton, CT filled the airwaves and social media worldwide. A gunman stormed into Sandy Hook Elementary School and murdered 26 people, mostly children, after having killed his mother and then taking his own life.
The only word that can be used to describe this kind of mentality is evil. David understood this type of evil. He knew that that type of evil was after his very life and He asked God to protect him, to guard him and preserve him. None of us can even fully understand how this type of evil is allowed to persevere in our communities. So many lives have been wiped out because of the wickedness that lives among us. We may never fully understand the hows and whys of such actions but as David knew – we can rest assure that God will execute justice for the needy (v12) and in spite of it all and despite it all those of us that are among the righteous shall continue to give thanks to the Lord (v13) and dwell in His presence!
I pray for the victims’ families. There are no words that are adequate enough to console or to express. However, what can get us through is knowing that despite the evil and wickedness that is among us all over the world, there is a God who will execute justice for the needy and I know that I will continue to give thanks to Him. He’s a Mighty God, He’s a Holy God and He is a Just God!
I pray for each of you and your families that you are safe as you navigate in this world we live in. I pray that if you do not know Jesus that you will find Him and allow Him to be Lord over your life. Life is short and full of sorrow, but Jesus came that we might have life and life more abundantly. Even in the midst of tragedy, He is still on the throne! There will be glory AFTER THIS