PRAYER AND PRAISE FOR RESCUE FROM ENEMIES
Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have freed me when I was hemmed in and relieved me when I was in distress. Be gracious to me and hear [and respond to] my prayer.
O sons of men, how long will my honor and glory be [turned into] shame? How long will you [my enemies] love worthless (vain, futile) things and seek deception and lies? Selah.
But know that the Lord has set apart for Himself [and dealt wonderfully with] the godly man [the one of honorable character and moral courage—the one who does right]. The Lord hears and responds when I call to Him.
Tremble [with anger or fear], and do not sin; Meditate in your heart upon your bed and be still [reflect on your sin and repent of your rebellion]. Selah.
Offer righteous sacrifices; Trust [confidently] in the Lord. Many are saying, “Oh, that we might see some good!” Lift up the light of Your face upon us, O Lord. You have put joy in my heart, More than [others know] when their wheat and new wine have yielded abundantly. In peace [and with a tranquil heart] I will both lie down and sleep, For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety and confident trust.
-- Psalm 4 (AMP) “If it had not been the Lord who was on our side,” Let Israel now say, "If it had not been the Lord who was on our side when men rose up against us, Then they would have [quickly] swallowed us alive. When their wrath was kindled against us; Then the waters would have engulfed us, The torrent would have swept over our soul; Then the raging waters would have swept over our soul. Blessed be the Lord, Who has not given us as prey to be torn by their teeth. We have escaped like a bird from the snare of the fowlers; The trap is broken and we have escaped. Our help is in the name of the Lord, Who made heaven and earth."
-- Psalm 124 (AMP)
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