Praying the Psalms: In You is victory over all my enemies

image-1-1-2A shiggaion[b] of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning Cush, a Benjamite.

1 Lord my God, I take refuge in you;
save and deliver me from all who pursue me,
2 or they will tear me apart like a lion
and rip me to pieces with no one to rescue me.
3 Lord my God, if I have done this
and there is guilt on my hands—
4 if I have repaid my ally with evil
or without cause have robbed my foe—
5 then let my enemy pursue and overtake me;
let him trample my life to the ground
and make me sleep in the dust.
6 Arise, Lord, in your anger;
rise up against the rage of my enemies.
Awake, my God; decree justice.
7 Let the assembled peoples gather around you,
while you sit enthroned over them on high.
8 Let the Lord judge the peoples.
Vindicate me, Lord, according to my righteousness,
according to my integrity, O Most High.
9 Bring to an end the violence of the wicked
and make the righteous secure—
you, the righteous God
who probes minds and hearts.
10 My shield is God Most High,
who saves the upright in heart.
11 God is a righteous judge,
a God who displays his wrath every day.
12 If he does not relent,
he will sharpen his sword;
he will bend and string his bow.
13 He has prepared his deadly weapons;
he makes ready his flaming arrows.
14 Whoever is pregnant with evil
conceives trouble and gives birth to disillusionment.
15 Whoever digs a hole and scoops it out
falls into the pit they have made.
16 The trouble they cause recoils on them;
their violence comes down on their own heads.
17 I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness;
I will sing the praises of the name of the Lord Most High. Psalm 7

Your enemies have no power against you. There is no weapon they have that can destroy you. There is no plan that can overrun you. Your enemy is lie. It pursues you with vengeance and seeks to destroy your will and your mind and your heart. In me, nothing can destroy you. In me, the darkest evil can not rob you of your joy. In me, the lies that seek to kill, steal and destroy dissipate as if a vapor. In me, you have all you need.

When your enemies puffs up and postures himself before you, speak my truth and he will fall flat as a deflated balloon. When your enemy comes charging towards you, hurling insults and hoisting weapons, speak my name and she will drop her weapons and turn away. When your enemies bring trouble, I am your peace. In me, you can be thankful in all circumstances, for in me, you hold the very source of life.

PRAY

Lord, I am quickly over taken by thoughts that lead me far from you. I am quick to become angry, discouraged or worried. I can not hold off my enemies alone. I can not bring light into dark without your presence. Remind me that you are always with me. Remind me that in you I become light. Remind me that the circumstances of this world do not dictate your character nor do they dictate my emotions.

Help me Lord, not to be a victim of this world, but instead, grow in me a deep rooted belief that in you I am an overcomer and in you I carry the authority of your Kingdom. Do what you must to root me, ground me and grow me in belief. I entrust my life to you and it is in you and only you,that victory over the darkness comes. Amen

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