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    Prayer for Boston

    Post  Nathan James Norman on April 15th 2013, 8:22 pm

    I posted this over on my blog. Please pray with me:

    It seems to me that during tragedies Psalm 7 is a good text to pray through.

    During these times of national and personal calamities we experience a plethora of emotions. We feel scared for our safety. We feel anger toward those who committed the evil. We feel vulnerable. We want justice. We want answers. We ask: “Why?”

    Today, like so many other days, none of us have answers to satisfy our aching hearts. But we can pray. Please pray with me today this prayer adapted from Psalm 7. I think this psalm covers a wide range of our emotions today.


    Lord, God we seek protection from you,
    keep us safe from violent people.
    Rescue us. Rescue Boston. Rescue our country.

    Lord, this was evil and we’re scared.
    But we’re also angry that this happened.

    We know that evil acts also anger you
    because you love justice.
    Please let justice come swiftly,
    and peace return to the injured,
    the families of the dead,
    the city of Boston,
    and our country.

    Be our shield and protection.
    Everything you do is right.
    Search me, search us
    and transform us into upright people in Jesus Christ.

    We turn away from our selfishness,
    and turn our hearts, minds and souls to you.

    Bring your justice quick.
    Let those who seek to do evil,
    be undone by their own schemes.

    Thank you Lord.
    Fill us with the hope that even though it doesn’t seem like it
    in Jesus,
    every wrong will be made right.

    Psalm 7

    A Shiggaion of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning the words of Cush, a Benjaminite.

    Yahweh my God, I seek refuge in You;
    save me from all my pursuers
    and rescue me
    or they will tear me like a lion,
    ripping me apart with no one to rescue me.

    Yahweh my God, if I have done this,
    if there is injustice on my hands,
    if I have done harm to one at peace
    with me
    or have plundered my adversary
    without cause,
    may an enemy pursue
    and overtake me;
    may he trample me to the ground
    and leave my honor in the dust. Selah

    Rise up, Lord, in Your anger;
    lift Yourself up against the fury
    of my adversaries;
    awake for me;
    You have ordained a judgment.
    Let the assembly of peoples gather around You;
    take Your seat on high over it.

    The Lord judges the peoples;
    vindicate me, Lord,
    according to my righteousness
    and my integrity.

    Let the evil of the wicked come
    to an end,
    but establish the righteous.
    The One who examines the thoughts
    and emotions is a righteous God.
    My shield is with God,
    who saves the upright in heart.
    God is a righteous judge
    and a God who shows His wrath
    every day.

    If anyone does not repent,
    God will sharpen His sword;
    He has strung His bow
    and made it ready.
    He has prepared His deadly weapons;
    He tips His arrows with fire.

    See, the wicked one is pregnant with evil,
    conceives trouble, and gives birth
    to deceit.
    He dug a pit and hollowed it out
    but fell into the hole he had made.
    His trouble comes back
    on his own head,
    and his violence falls on the top
    of his head.

    I will thank the Lord for His righteousness;
    I will sing about the name of Yahweh
    the Most High.

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