Be pleased, O God, to deliver me. O Lord, make haste to help me!
Let those be put to shame and confusion who seek my life. Let those be turned back and brought to dishonor who desire to hurt me.
Let those who say, “Aha, Aha!” turn back because of their shame.
Let all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you. Let those who love your salvation say evermore, “God is great!”
But I am poor and needy; hasten to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O Lord, do not delay!
Food for Thought:
When I read this passage of Scripture, I think of when I was a kid and I would say, “Nanny Nanny Boo Boo, you can’t catch me!” I think this is the same type of feeling that is the Psalmist is feeling. The Psalmist is upset that others have been bad to him and he wants God to get them. This is an emotion that all of us have experienced at some time. What is amazing is that in the person of Jesus, we are reminded to turn the other cheek─to take the higher road─to not retaliate even when people curse, spit, and hit us. This is a difficult command but one that is at the heart of the Gospel message.
In the morning when we rise and in the night when we lie down, and in all the moments in between, O Lord, you are there. In the night while we sleep or toss and turn in anxiety, even then, O Lord, you are there. You are waiting for us to turn to you. You are waiting for us to look for you. You are waiting for us to make time for you, to pay attention to you, to take time to attend to our relationship with you. Far too often, we are too busy. God, you call us to be still. We confess that this is difficult for us. We prefer to be active. We prefer to be busy. We prefer to be surrounded by activity and noise. Silence unsettles us. Solitude intimidates us. Reflection rattles us. So we seek diversions and welcome distractions. We fill our schedules to overflowing. And yet deep within us, there is a hunger that grows and grows. A hunger for silence. A hunger for solitude. A hunger for time to reflect. A hunger for you, God. And the busier we get, the more this hunger grows. We feel it – an ache, an emptiness. Grant us, O God, the strength to step away, even when there are other demands on our time. Shield us from the temptation to put off our prayers and postpone our time for reflection. Drive away the fears that make us shrink back from silence. Teach us how to be still and know you. In your holy and precious name we pray, Amen.