Psalm 17:12 “…the wicked who assail me…are like a lion hungry for prey, like a great lion crouching in cover.”
[Our powerful enemies, Satan and his hordes, are like a beast desperate for food: dangerous, destructive and determined–burning churches (as has been happening here in the US), killing Christians, persecuting children. They are terrifying and terrible,a mob too strong for us. We are in desperate need of help before they overcome us.]
Psalm 17:13 “Rise up, O LORD, confront them, bring them down;”
[In your might, Lord, you can easily win this battle. You are the Creator of the universe, Breather of the stars, Bringer of the dawn, Captain of history and Ender of time. You are strong enough to deliver us from any enemy.]
“rescue me from the wicked by your sword.”
[No one can withstand the onslaught of your sword of Truth and the Power of your right hand, Jesus. As John wrote in Rev. 19:11.21, “…there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war….[those who fought against God] were killed with the sword coming out of the mouth of the rider on the horse….”]
As it says in Psalm 46 “The Lord is an ever present help in trouble…therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and fall into the midst of the sea….” Even when everything around us collapses we can rest in the God of goodness and trust our Supreme Shepherd. Remind us to do that, Lord.
Picture: though the earth give way….