Day 1 of 7

The Lord Keeps You Safe


psalm 143:7-10

7 Please hurry, LORD, and answer my prayer. I feel hopeless. Don't turn away and leave me here to die. 8 Each morning let me learn more about your love because I trust you. I come to you in prayer, asking for your guidance. 9 Please rescue me from my enemies, LORD! I come to you for safety. 10 You are my God. Show me what you want me to do, and let your gentle Spirit lead me in the right path.

Those who wrote the Psalms were very open about speaking to God concerning their fear, anxiety, despair, loss of hope, and sense of rejection and helplessness – many of the things which we also experience.

Like them, we are encouraged to share our feelings with God.

REFLECT

When have you felt like the authors of these psalms? Were you able to express these feelings to God?

RESPOND

Many have used the Psalms as prayer books to help them respond to events, both good and bad, in their lives. When you are feeling fear and are struggling to express it, turn to these psalms for help finding the words.

PRAYER

God, I know that you keep me safe and that I can share my fears with you. Please help me be vulnerable in calling on you when in need. Amen.

TO KNOW MORE

Psalm 42:1-3

1 As a deer gets thirsty for streams of water, I truly am thirsty for you, my God. 2 In my heart, I am thirsty for you, the living God. When will I see your face? 3 Day and night my tears are my only food, as everyone keeps asking, “Where is your God?”

Psalm 42:9-11

9 You are my mighty rock. Why have you forgotten me? Why must enemies ill-treat me and make me sad? 10 Even my bones are in pain, while all day long my enemies sneer and ask, “Where is your God?” 11 Why am I discouraged? Why am I restless? I trust you! And I will praise you again because you help me, and you are my God.

Psalm 25:16-21

16 I am lonely and troubled. Show that you care and have pity on me. 17 My awful worries keep growing. Rescue me from sadness. 18 See my troubles and misery and forgive my sins. 19 Look at all my enemies! See how much they hate me. 20 I come to you for shelter. Protect me, keep me safe, and don't disappoint me. 21 I obey you with all my heart, and I trust you, knowing that you will save me.

Psalm 57:1-3

1 God Most High, have pity on me! Have mercy. I run to you for safety. In the shadow of your wings, I seek protection till danger dies down. 2 I pray to you, my protector. 3 You will send help from heaven and save me, but you will bring trouble on my attackers. You are faithful, and you can be trusted.

Psalm 59:1-4

1 Save me, God! Protect me from enemy attacks! 2 Keep me safe from brutal people who want to kill me. 3 Merciless enemies, LORD, are hiding and plotting, hoping to kill me. I have not hurt them in any way at all. 4 But they are ready to attack. Do something! Help me! Look at what's happening.

Psalm 13:1-4

1 How much longer, LORD, will you forget about me? Will it be for ever? How long will you hide? 2 How long must I be confused and miserable all day? How long will my enemies keep beating me down? 3 Please listen, LORD God, and answer my prayers. Make my eyes sparkle again, or else I will fall into the sleep of death. 4 My enemies will say, “Now we've won!” They will be greatly pleased when I am defeated.

Psalm 109:22-25

22 I am poor and helpless, and I have lost all hope. 23 I am fading away like an evening shadow; I am tossed aside like a crawling insect. 24 I have gone without eating, until my knees are weak, and my body is bony. 25 When my enemies see me, they say cruel things and shake their heads.

Psalm 6:1-7

1 Don't punish me, LORD, or even correct me when you are angry! 2 Have pity on me and heal my feeble body. My bones tremble with fear, 3 and I am in deep distress. How long will it be? 4 Turn and come to my rescue. Show your wonderful love and save me, LORD. 5 If I die, I cannot praise you or even remember you. 6 My groaning has worn me out. At night my bed and pillow are soaked with tears. 7 Sorrow has made my eyes dim, and my sight has failed because of my enemies.

Psalm 77:1-9

1 I pray to you, Lord God, and I beg you to listen. 2 In days filled with trouble, I search for you. And at night I tirelessly lift my hands in prayer, refusing comfort. 3 When I think of you, I feel restless and weak. 4 Because of you, Lord God, I can't sleep. I am restless and can't even talk. 5 I think of times gone by, of those years long ago. 6 Each night my mind is flooded with questions: 7 “Have you rejected me for ever? Won't you be kind again? 8 Is this the end of your love and your promises? 9 Have you forgotten how to have pity? Do you refuse to show mercy because of your anger?”

Psalm 86:1-7

1 Please listen, LORD, and answer my prayer! I am poor and helpless. 2 Protect me and save me because you are my God. I am your faithful servant, and I trust you. 3 Be kind to me! I pray to you all day. 4 Make my heart glad! I serve you, and my prayer is sincere. 5 You willingly forgive, and your love is always there for those who pray to you. 6 Please listen, LORD! Answer my prayer for help. 7 When I am in trouble, I pray, knowing you will listen.