Deliver me, O Lord, from evil men; preserve me from violent men, who plan evil things in their hearts; they continually gather together for war.
They sharpen their tongues like a serpent; the poison of asps is under their lips.
Keep me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from violent men, who have purposed to make my steps stumble.
The proud have hidden a snare for me, and cords; they have spread a net by the wayside; they have set traps for me.
I said to the Lord: “You are my God; hear the voice of my supplications, O Lord. O God the Lord, the strength of my salvation, you have covered my head in the day of battle. Do not grant the desires of the wicked; do not further his wicked scheme, lest they be exalted.”
“As for the head of those who surround me, let the evil of their lips cover them; let the burning of coals fall upon them; let them be cast into the fire, into deep pits, that they rise not up again. Let not a slanderer be established in the earth; let the evil hunt the violent man to overthrow him.”
I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and justice for the poor. Surely the righteous shall give thanks to Your name; the upright shall dwell in your presence.
Reflection: In light of all the things that have happened so far this week whether it be the terrorist attack in Brussels, the passage of anti-LGBT laws in the state of North Carolina and elsewhere, or the trial of ex-Bosnian-Serb leader, Radovan Karadzic, for crimes of genocide and crimes against humanity, I take some comfort in knowing that God is my strength and through God, wrongs will be righted, justice will be served, and all things are possible.
Those that would harm, bully, kill, or terrorize innocent people will be found and brought to justice and held accountable for their actions and crimes. Ultimately, they cannot escape their actions. God has a plan for evil doers just as He has plans for the righteous and innocent. God has loved the world so much that He gave us His only son,. Jesus Christ, to set things right.
Because all things are possible through God, Jesus was able to bring sight to the blind, heal lepers, raise the dead, calm any storm, face down the Devil’s temptations, throw hypocrites and money changers from the temple, give rest to the weary, feed the hungry, teach to the multitudes, and face impending crucifixion with the sure knowledge that mankind would be saved from sin and redeemed.
Here in our own present day as we face all sorts of trials and tribulations and problems that seem insurmountable, know that God knows our hearts and knows our needs and His will shall be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. Justice and fairness and peace will come.