Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up your hand;
forget not the afflicted.
Why does the wicked renounce God
and say in his heart, “You will not call to account”?
But you do see, for you note mischief and vexation,
that you may take it into your hands;
to you the helpless commits himself;
you have been the helper of the fatherless.
Break the arm of the wicked and evildoer;
call his wickedness to account till you find none.
The LORD is king forever and ever;
the nations perish from his land.
O LORD, you hear the desire of the afflicted;
you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear
to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed,
so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.
Comment: What is prayer? This passage seems to me to be an honest chat between the believing David and the God whom he knows in an intimate way. And I guess that is what prayer is meant to be like. David shows himself steamed up about the way the wicked deny God and afflict their victims. ‘You do take note and action, God; break their arms, and make them accountable to You’! He ends with a passionate call for God to listen and take action because He is the everlasting King. ‘I want justice’ he cries ‘and I want those who rebel to know what their future holds!‘
Prayer: I want to know You better, Father God. Please help me to do so.