Monday, March 21, 2011

For Libya and our military

I read Psalms 109 today.  To be honest, I much prefer the happy Psalms, like Psalm 23, "The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want."  Then I prayed, "Father, do I have to write about this?  It's so dark and awful."  

The answer came back, "No you don't.  It's your blog- you can skip it.  America is peaceful.  Think about Libya, think about the armed forces overseas.  What do you see?"   

Then the Psalm came to life. I'll do my best with it.

This Psalm is written by David.  He was a King, most kings or presidents don't seek God these days.  David was a great King, a man after God's own heart.  It's important to note, the Psalms are songs of praise and prayers of desperation.  This one contains both.

Psalms 109

David is facing another war.  He feels abandoned.  He feels like the world is out to get him even his own people betray him.  
1 My God, don't turn a deaf ear to my hallelujah prayer.
2 Liars are pouring out invective on me;
Their lying tongues are like a pack of dogs out to get me,
3 barking their hate, nipping my heels — and for no reason!
4 I loved them and now they slander me — yes, me! —
and treat my prayer like a crime;
5 They return my good with evil,
they return my love with hate.

If I lived in Libya today, I would pray a similar prayer to the one below.   They face horrors we can only imagine.  These words are very hard and very realistic.  The horrors the military must be experiencing overseas are hard to imagine. The weapons today are sophisticated. They are seeing things man never thought possible.
6 Send the Evil One to accuse my accusing judge;
dispatch Satan to prosecute him.
7 When he's judged, let the verdict be, "Guilty,"
and when he prays, let his prayer turn to sin.
8 Give him a short life,
and give his job to somebody else.
9 Make orphans of his children,
dress his wife in widow's weeds;
10 Turn his children into begging street urchins,
evicted from their homes — homeless.
11 May the bank foreclose and wipe him out,
and strangers, like vultures, pick him clean.
12 May there be no one around to help him out,
no one willing to give his orphans a break.
13 Chop down his family tree
so that nobody even remembers his name
14 But erect a memorial to the sin of his father,
and make sure his mother's name is there, too —  
15 Their sins recorded forever before God,
but they themselves sunk in oblivion
16 That's all he deserves since he was never once kind,
hounded the afflicted and heartbroken to their graves. 
17 Since he loved cursing so much,
let curses rain down;
Since he had no taste for blessing,
let blessings flee far from him
18 He dressed up in curses like a fine suit of clothes;
he drank curses, took his baths in curses
19 So give him a gift — 
a costume of curses;
he can wear curses every day of the week! 
20 That's what they'll get, those out to get me — 
an avalanche of just deserts from God.

Then in David's usual style, He turns His thoughts to God and gives Him glory.  This is an honest prayer displaying the beauty and goodness of God.   We can all relate to this prayer.
21 Oh, God, my Lord, step in;
work a miracle for me — 
you can do it!
Get me out of here — 
your love is so great! —  
22 I'm at the end of my rope, my life in ruins
23 I'm fading away to nothing, passing away,
my youth gone, old before my time
24 I'm weak from hunger and can hardly stand up,
my body a rack of skin and bones
25 I'm a joke in poor taste to those who see me;
they take one look and shake their heads.
26 Help me, oh help me, God, my God,
save me through your wonderful love
27 Then they'll know that your hand is in this,
that you, God, have been at work
28 Let them curse all they want;
you do the blessing
29 Let them be jeered by the crowd when they stand up,
followed by cheers for me, your servant.
Dress my accusers in clothes dirty with shame,
discarded and humiliating old ragbag clothes.

David offers the sacrifice of praise.  This pleases God very much.  It's when things are falling apart around us.  All seems lost.  And we turn our hearts toward God in total and complete faith.   We offer the sacrifice of praise, hope and trust.
30 My mouth's full of great praise for God,
I'm singing his hallelujahs surrounded by crowds,
31 For he's always at hand to take the side of the needy,
to rescue a life from the unjust judge.

My prayer for Libya and our military:
Dear Heavenly Father I lift up Libya to You.  I pray You will bring peace to this nation.  Please comfort those who mourn and are living in terror today.  I pray You will send the angels to help fight this battle and strengthen the people.  I also lift up our military.  The battle wasn't supposed to last long and many are worn out.  Please lift their spirits and provide blessings and hope.  I pray You will heal their wounds both emotionally and physically. Bring an end to the madness soon.  Forgive us our sins, and renew a right spirit within us- give us strength for another day.
In Jesus Name, Amen.


  1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

    The lesson to me from King David's life is this: Whenever he tried to do something "on his own", he failed. Whenever he trusted God to lead him, he succeeded.

    We have way too much of the former and almost none of the latter in today's weary world.

    Great post.

  2. You are so right Clint! It's when we turn our eyes off of God, to the evil around us that we get sucked in. Great observation. Thanks for sharing that.

  3. Joining you in your heartfelt prayer Karen.