Prayer for Deliverance from Enemies
1 Why, O Lord, do you stand far off?
Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?
2 In arrogance the wicked persecute the poor—
let them be caught in the schemes they have devised.
3 For the wicked boast of the desires of their heart,
those greedy for gain curse and renounce the Lord.
4 In the pride of their countenance the wicked say, “God will not seek it out”;
all their thoughts are, “There is no God.”
5 Their ways prosper at all times;
your judgments are on high, out of their sight;
as for their foes, they scoff at them.
6 They think in their heart, “We shall not be moved;
throughout all generations we shall not meet adversity.”
7 Their mouths are filled with cursing and deceit and oppression;
under their tongues are mischief and iniquity.
8 They sit in ambush in the villages;
in hiding places they murder the innocent.
Their eyes stealthily watch for the helpless;
9 they lurk in secret like a lion in its covert;
they lurk that they may seize the poor;
they seize the poor and drag them off in their net.
10 They stoop, they crouch,
and the helpless fall by their might.
11 They think in their heart, “God has forgotten,
he has hidden his face, he will never see it.”
12 Rise up, O Lord; O God, lift up your hand;
do not forget the oppressed.
13 Why do the wicked renounce God,
and say in their hearts, “You will not call us to account”?
14 But you do see! Indeed you note trouble and grief,
that you may take it into your hands;
the helpless commit themselves to you;
you have been the helper of the orphan.
15 Break the arm of the wicked and evildoers;
seek out their wickedness until you find none.
16 The Lord is king forever and ever;
the nations shall perish from his land.
17 O Lord, you will hear the desire of the meek;
you will strengthen their heart, you will incline your ear
18 to do justice for the orphan and the oppressed,
so that those from earth may strike terror no more. (Psalm 10:1-18, New Revised Standard Version)
Where Lord, where do I find you?
When they who refuse to hear,
On garbage do they chew.
Away from You, they do veer.
Where are you Father of all?
Why Lord do you stand far off?
Enemies love not your call,
Your faithful, they will castoff.
I search and I look for you.
Your children, for you they search.
You are distant, such seems new.
With you, hope is with your Church.
Do not stand far off from me,
I know O God, you are here.
I seek you, when far away,
I move from you holy seer.
Into your sight, bring me home.
Without You, my life will fail.
With you God, I shall overcome.
Against you Lord, all are frail.
I search for you, do not hide.
Your children, must hear your voice.
Why am I not at your side?
Restore me, I will rejoice.
I search. I still fail to see.
As I look, you have me learn,
My God always walks with me.
I moved. It is you I yearn.
Bring me home, don’t let me balk.
Do not Lord, let me wander,
Away, I know, I will walk
All you give, I will squander.
Call me to see your glory.
That I may be close to you,
Then I shall tell your story,
That all the world knows you too.
Do for me what I cannot.
Selfish gain, help me repress
Your servant, Your Son has bought.
Watch me, guide me, you will bless.
Have a blessed day in the Lord.
Seeking the Genuine,
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