Why, Lord, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble? In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak, who are caught in the schemes he devises. He boasts about the cravings of his heart; he blesses the greedy and reviles the Lord. (Psalm 10:1-3)
This is not a pleasant story. You may want to skip it and go straight to the prayer below.
As the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) moves to take over these countries, it is leaving trails of bodies — and horror — in its path.
Ronald Lauder (heir to the Estee Lauder cosmetics fortune), writing in The New York Times, has chronicled the rampant evil spewed by ISIS and its evil twin known as Boko Haram towards Christians.
ISIS excels in carnage, ruthlessly targeting Christians, as well as Shiites and Kurds. Children are beheaded, mothers are raped and killed, and fathers are hung.
The Middle East and parts of central Africa are losing entire Christian communities that lived in peace for centuries. The terrorist group Boko Haram has kidnapped and killed hundreds of Christians this year.
These Christians are dying because of their beliefs. They are defenseless, and the world is indifferent to their suffering.
We are not powerless. Our strength is in our Lord. Let us pray Psalm 140.
1Save me, Lord, from evildoers; keep me safe from violent people.
2 They are always plotting evil, always stirring up quarrels.
3 Their tongues are like deadly snakes; their words are like a cobra’s poison.
4 Protect me, Lord, from the power of the wicked; keep me safe from violent people who plot my downfall.
5 The proud have set a trap for me; they have laid their snares, and along the path they have set traps to catch me.
6 I say to the Lord, “You are my God.” Hear my cry for help, Lord!
7 My Sovereign Lord, my strong defender, you have protected me in battle.
8 Lord, don’t give the wicked what they want; don’t let their plots succeed.
9 Don’t let my enemies be victorious; make their threats against me fall back on them.
10 May red-hot coals fall on them; may they be thrown into a pit and never get out.
11 May those who accuse others falsely not succeed; may evil overtake violent people and destroy them.
12 Lord, I know that you defend the cause of the poor and the rights of the needy.
13 The righteous will praise you indeed; they will live in your presence.