I pray today Lord for those people who have been injured in attacks by criminals, especially those who are old and live by themselves. Grant that proper medical attention may bring healing and restoration to them. Grant also that the criminals responsible may be apprehended by the authorities. I ask it in Christ’s name – AMEN.
Lord God I remind myself today that the angels of heaven are joining with the choirs and congregations all over the world as they make music to your honour and glory. May it be the music of the gospel of Jesus and may it bring joy to God’s heart. Grant that we may all be renewed in Christ today. I ask it in his strong name – AMEN.
I pray today Lord for those families where a child will die today, either through disease or accident. Comfort the parents and the siblings in their loss. Surround them with people who will understand, care and love them and not say irresponsible things. Help them to commit their children to you and to trust you always. I ask it in Christ – AMEN.
“They fully intend to topple him from his lofty place; they take delight in lies. With their mouths they bless, but in their hearts they curse”.
Psalm 62:4 NIV
One of the problematical states of mind that some people develop is that of paranoid delusions. The person subject to this problem can easily imagine opponents who don’t really exist at all, and can impute sinister motives to perfectly innocent people. With the frequent expressions of hatred and fear in some of the psalms it is possible that this might have been a problem. Be that as it may, a person in a position of power needs to be wide awake to the jealousies, plots and conspiracies that might well be brewing. And people with treacherous intent are adept at concealing their real motives.
The psalmist knew about the mischievous plot that was being hatched against him. Enemies were intent on “toppling him from his lofty place”. Was this David referring to an attempt to overthrow him as king? Nevertheless, the contrast between the enemies and God is clear. Whilst God is his salvation and fortress, these conspirators not only lie, “they take delight in lies”. Furthermore, whilst the enemies speak complimentary things with their mouths, underneath their hearts are full of curses. The king sees right through the subterfuge to the evil lurking beneath and he unmasks it for what it is.
Christian believers too need to be aware of the evil around them. It can work its mischief especially in the workplace. But it can happen in churches too! We will seek to spread love wherever possible, but always remember that Jesus warned us to “be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves” (Matt 10:16 NIV).
Lord, make me keenly aware of evil.
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