Lord, you enticed me, and I was taken in.
You were too strong for me, and you prevailed.
Now I’m laughed at all the time;
everyone mocks me.
Every time I open my mouth, I cry out
and say, “Violence and destruction!”
The Lord’s word has brought me
nothing but insult and injury, constantly.
I thought, I’ll forget him;
I’ll no longer speak in his name.
But there’s an intense fire in my heart,
trapped in my bones.
I’m drained trying to contain it;
I’m unable to do it.
I hear many whispering—
“Panic Lurks Everywhere!—
proclaim, yes, let’s proclaim it ourselves!”
All my friends are waiting for me to stumble:
“Perhaps he can be enticed.
Then we’ll prevail against him
and get our revenge on him!”
But the Lord is with me like a strong defender.
Therefore, my oppressors
will stumble and not prevail.
They will be disgraced by their own failures.
Their dishonor will never be forgotten.
The Lord of heavenly forces tests the righteous
and discerns the heart and the mind.
Let me see your retribution upon them,
for I have committed my case to you.
Sing to the Lord,
praise the Lord,
for he has rescued the needy
from the clutches of evildoers.
Questions to Ponder:
When faced with challenges, do you turn to prayer with confidence that the Lord will prevail? Do you believe the Lord “discerns the heart and mind” and is with you “like a strong defender” whenever you are in need? Do you remember to sing to the Lord and praise the Lord for coming to your aid?
Prayer for Today:
Loving and gracious God, thank You for knowing my heart and mind. Forgive me when I fail to praise You for hearing my call. Thank You for Your love and Your protection. Amen.