Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident. (Psalm 27:3 ESV)
I’m not a news junky. I don’t follow any of the mainstream media, but get most of my news from World News Group, a Christian news organization whose reporting is done from a Christian worldview. I’ve followed the news of Russia’s threatening actions toward Ukraine with a heavy heart. The other night in prayer, God led us to Psalm 27, and put Christians in Ukraine on my heart to pray for.
1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
2 When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall.
3 Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident.
God, our light and salvation, our stronghold and ever present help, I lift up my brothers and sisters in Ukraine. Evildoers assail them, and an army is literally encamped against them. They face the very real threat of war with a powerful foe.
Yet, I ask you to give them courage and strength in the shadow of their enemy. I pray you strike down the bully so that he stumbles and falls.
4 One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.
5 For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock.
6 And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me, and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing and make melody to the Lord.
Father who lifts up the heads of the downcast, I pray that the faith of my brothers and sisters in Ukraine will be strengthened so that the beauty of your presence is the joy of their lives. Hide them from harm and shelter them in this day of trouble. Even in the midst of their enemies, may they have the faith to sing your praises.
7 Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud; be gracious to me and answer me!
8 You have said, “Seek my face.” My heart says to you, “Your face, Lord, do I seek.”
9 Hide not your face from me. Turn not your servant away in anger, O you who have been my help. Cast me not off; forsake me not, O God of my salvation!
10 For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the Lord will take me in.
11 Teach me your way, O Lord, and lead me on a level path because of my enemies.
12 Give me not up to the will of my adversaries; for false witnesses have risen against me, and they breathe out violence.
God who hears us when we cry, give ear to your children crying in Ukraine. Turn your face toward them and give them peace. Teach them your path and lead them to safety through the midst of their enemies.
Silence the foe and the avenger, those who speak lies and breathe violence in their arrogance and wrath. They seek not your face, nor do they honor your Word or walk in your way. They are insolent mockers. Show them the fury with which you protect your loved ones.
13 I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!
14 Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!
Lord, you are good and your mercy endures forever. Grant our brothers and sisters the strength to wait on you. Those that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. Lift them up as on the wings of eagles. Set their feet on solid ground. Bless them with courage. May their stories show forth the glory of our God now and forevermore. Amen.