1 Lord my God, I take refuge in you;
save and deliver me from all who pursue me,
2 or they will tear me apart like a lion
and rip me to pieces with no one to rescue me.
3 Lord my God, if I have done this
and there is guilt on my hands—
4 if I have repaid my ally with evil
or without cause have robbed my foe—
5 then let my enemy pursue and overtake me;
let him trample my life to the ground
and make me sleep in the dust.[c]
6 Arise, Lord, in your anger;
rise up against the rage of my enemies.
Awake, my God; decree justice.
7 Let the assembled peoples gather around you,
while you sit enthroned over them on high.
8 Let the Lord judge the peoples.
Vindicate me, Lord, according to my righteousness,
according to my integrity, O Most High.
9 Bring to an end the violence of the wicked
and make the righteous secure—
you, the righteous God
who probes minds and hearts.
10 My shield[d] is God Most High,
who saves the upright in heart.
11 God is a righteous judge,
a God who displays his wrath every day.
12 If he does not relent,
he[e] will sharpen his sword;
he will bend and string his bow.
13 He has prepared his deadly weapons;
he makes ready his flaming arrows.
14 Whoever is pregnant with evil
conceives trouble and gives birth to disillusionment.
15 Whoever digs a hole and scoops it out
falls into the pit they have made.
16 The trouble they cause recoils on them;
their violence comes down on their own heads.
17 I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness;
I will sing the praises of the name of the Lord Most High.
This Psalm is a good reminder that I am like a tiny lamb without God… calling out to be rescued, because my own strength cannot save me from those who would harm me.
The Psalmist cries out to God, saying, “Arise, Lord, in your anger; rise up against the rage of my enemies. Awake, my God; decree justice.” I can relate in hoping that God will deliver justice. And yet, God’s justice is exactly what I have been spared from. So, on another note, I don’t want to be forget that the thought of justice is enough to make me tremble! A new prayer comes to mind…
Father, please cleanse me with your righteousness. Let me be found right in your eyes. So much that I may be spared from your wrath in your day of judgment. Father, keep me in line with you. Always. Amem.