Arise, Lord! Break the arm of the wicked man!

The news from Paris tonight is a horror. If you are struggling for the words to pray in the face of such evil, consider lifting up the words of Psalm 10:

12 Arise, Lord! Lift up your hand, O God.
    Do not forget the helpless.
13 Why does the wicked man revile God?
    Why does he say to himself,
    “He won’t call me to account”?
14 But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted;
    you consider their grief and take it in hand.
The victims commit themselves to you;
    you are the helper of the fatherless.
15 Break the arm of the wicked man;
    call the evildoer to account for his wickedness
    that would not otherwise be found out.

16 The Lord is King for ever and ever;
    the nations will perish from his land.
17 You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted;
    you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,
18 defending the fatherless and the oppressed,
    so that mere earthly mortals
    will never again strike terror.

6 Responses to Arise, Lord! Break the arm of the wicked man!

  1. Ken Temple November 14, 2015 at 12:03 pm #

    Another good one is Psalm 94.
    See the video of excellent music by a group called “the sons of Korah” – they have done about 100 + of the Psalms and they stick very close to the text. Excellent musicians.

    http://beggarsallreformation.blogspot.com/2015/09/a-prayer-for-justice-against-evil-in.html

  2. Cindy Young November 14, 2015 at 3:32 pm #

    AMEN!

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