consider my lament.
2 Hear my cry for help,
my King and my God,
for to you I pray.
in the morning I lay my requests before you
and wait expectantly.
Read this brilliant piece by Bob Pierce, founder of World Vision.
5 The arrogant cannot stand
in your presence.
Oh dear. The arrogant cannot stand in his presence. Jesus tell us to be humble so that we might find rest for our souls.
What is humility? Asking for a humility is a dangerous prayer because the process of being humbled is a painful one.
But, Lord Jesus, because I want to stand in your presence, and because I want rest for my soul, give me your humble spirit as a gift (and make the process of developing a humble spirit as free from pain as possible).
You hate all who do wrong;
6 you destroy those who tell lies.
The bloodthirsty and deceitful
you, LORD, detest.
You who are lied against, you who see the deceitful triumph, take heart. The Lord hates those who do wrong. He detests the deceitful.
Lord, purify my heart, my speech and my tongue.
7 But I, by your great love,
can come into your house;
in reverence I bow down
toward your holy temple.
because of my enemies—
make your way straight before me.
their heart is filled with malice.
Their throat is an open grave;
with their tongues they tell lies.
How awful this sounds! Have you known disgusting situations like this?
I have. In fact, in toxic church situations, in an atmosphere of fear and distrust and ambition and scheming, sadly, Christians too can behave like this
10 Declare them guilty, O God!
Let their intrigues be their downfall.
This prayer of the Psalmist is a good and valid prayer because, in fact, such people only cause harm and evil.
11 But let all who take refuge in you be glad;
let them ever sing for joy.
Spread your protection over them,
that those who love your name may rejoice in you.
you surround them with your favor as with a shield.