By Daniel Zamora
Was the line above the headline of a newspaper or tabloid of any city in the twenty-first century?
No, that is the topic summary of Psalm 17 written around 1,000 BC. It seems that things have not changed much in these many years. People lie to each other, commit violence, display hatred in many and hidden ways and plot a variety of crimes.
Western civilization, through its laws, medicine and psychology, has observed, studied, tested and proposed solutions for all the mentioned behaviors ranging from punishing them with death penalty or life imprisonment to modifying them through counseling and therapy. While all of these are great and wonderful tools to help people, there are new situations that lead individuals to cause and inflict pain into others. In today’s terms, we could add to that list confusion, stress, discrimination, and bullying, among many other situations.
Yes, the resource of all resources is only a prayer away, our God.
“Hear, O LORD, my righteous plea; listen to my cry, Give ear to my prayer” (v. 1)
“May my vindication come from you; may your eyes see what is right” (v. 2)
Let’s make this Lent season a time to ask the Lord help through our prayers.