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O Lord, Do Not Delay!

Make haste, O God, to deliver me! O Lord , make haste to help me! Let them be put to shame and confusion who seek my life! Let them be turned back and brought to dishonor who delight in my hurt! Let them turn back because of their shame who say, “Aha, Aha!” May all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you! May 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!
Psalm 70:1‭-‬5 ESV

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If I Had Cherished Iniquity in My Heart

Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what he has done for my soul. I cried to him with my mouth, and high praise was on my tongue. If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. But truly God has listened; he has attended to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me!
Psalm 66:16‭-‬20 ESV

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For God Alone My Soul Waits in Silence

For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken. How long will all of you attack a man to batter him, like a leaning wall, a tottering fence? They only plan to thrust him down from his high position. They take pleasure in falsehood. They bless with their mouths, but inwardly they curse. Selah For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah Those of low estate are but a breath; those of high estate are a delusion; in the balances they go up; they are together lighter than a breath. Put no trust in extortion; set no vain hopes on robbery; if riches increase, set not your heart on them. Once God has spoken; twice have I heard this: that power belongs to God, and that to you, O Lord, belongs steadfast love. For you will render to a man according to his work.
Psalm 62:1‭-‬12 ESV

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Be Merciful to Me, O God

Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, till the storms of destruction pass by. I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me. He will send from heaven and save me; he will put to shame him who tramples on me. Selah God will send out his steadfast love and his faithfulness! My soul is in the midst of lions; I lie down amid fiery beasts— the children of man, whose teeth are spears and arrows, whose tongues are sharp swords. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth! They set a net for my steps; my soul was bowed down. They dug a pit in my way, but they have fallen into it themselves. Selah My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast! I will sing and make melody! Awake, my glory! Awake, O harp and lyre! I will awake the dawn! I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations. For your steadfast love is great to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth!
Psalm 57:1‭-‬11 ESV

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My Eye has Looked in Triumph on my Enemies

O God, save me by your name, and vindicate me by your might. O God, hear my prayer; give ear to the words of my mouth. For strangers have risen against me; ruthless men seek my life; they do not set God before themselves. Selah Behold, God is my helper; the Lord is the upholder of my life. He will return the evil to my enemies; in your faithfulness put an end to them. With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to you; I will give thanks to your name, O Lord , for it is good. For he has delivered me from every trouble, and my eye has looked in triumph on my enemies.
Psalm 54:1‭-‬7 ESV

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The Steadfast Love of God

Why do you boast of evil, O mighty man? The steadfast love of God endures all the day. Your tongue plots destruction, like a sharp razor, you worker of deceit. You love evil more than good, and lying more than speaking what is right. Selah You love all words that devour, O deceitful tongue. But God will break you down forever; he will snatch and tear you from your tent; he will uproot you from the land of the living. Selah
Psalm 52:1‭-‬5 ESV

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Lord Teach Us to Pray

I pray the following is an encouragement for some who may not know what to do or how to pray given your circumstances. My brothers and sisters go to the Scriptures–ALL the Scriptures–and ask the Lord to help you pray as those who have gone before us prayed. The following I posted in a comment thread and thought I would share it here as well.

The Psalms are the very words of Jesus Christ Himself given through David in his actual situations…the same story we are a part of by being counted among the people of God. We take the Psalms as written–pray and sing them as they are written just as David, et al, prayed and sang them. Do not let anyone tell you that they do not apply to us as they applied to the actual writers themselves, this is not a Biblical nor Christian notion.

Ours is a religion of real blood, real tears, real bodies, real pain, real bread, real wine, real water, so on and so forth. We await a real deliverance by a real resurrection–when our Savior and Lord who still right this moment has a real human body–really returns to put the final enemy–death under His feet.

So robustly, with passion, pray and sing the Psalms–all the songs and prayers found in all of Scripture–as if they are your very own, for they indeed are yours!

Lamentations 3:55-66 is one of my favorite portions of Scripture. Jeremiah’s prayer there from the pit is also mine and your prayer too, and God will answer that prayer just as He did then, for He has not changed.

“I called on your name, O Lord, from the depths of the pit; you heard my plea, ‘Do not close your ear to my cry for help!’ You came near when I called on you; you said, ‘Do not fear!’ “You have taken up my cause, O Lord; you have redeemed my life. You have seen the wrong done to me, O Lord ; judge my cause. You have seen all their vengeance, all their plots against me. “You have heard their taunts, O Lord , all their plots against me. The lips and thoughts of my assailants are against me all the day long. Behold their sitting and their rising; I am the object of their taunts. “You will repay them, O Lord , according to the work of their hands. You will give them dullness of heart; your curse will be on them. You will pursue them in anger and destroy them from under your heavens, O Lord .”
Lamentations 3:55-66

I pray the above with as much passion, fervency and tears, on my face before my Father, In Jesus’ name, His beloved eternal Son, my Lord and Savior, by the Holy Spirit, just as Jeremiah my brother did and know my God hear and answers!

-Terry

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