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A Prayer for the Overthrow of the Wicked

While reading a news article about Trump’s ham-handed actions as the leader of the free world, I was reminded of the Psalmist’s description of “the wicked”. The description of “the wicked man” are so similar to the characteristics most appalling in Trump. Note the frustration of the psalmist. It reflects my own frustration and concerns with the current president. I frequently find myself asking: “Why Lord? Hello! Anyone up there listening to me?

Why, LORD, do you stand far off?
Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?

In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak,
who are caught in the schemes he devises.
He boasts about the cravings of his heart;
he blesses the greedy and reviles the LORD.

In his pride the wicked man does not seek him;
in all his thoughts there is no room for God.
His ways are always prosperous;
your laws are rejected by him;
he sneers at all his enemies.

He says to himself, “Nothing will ever shake me.”
He swears, “No one will ever do me harm.”
His mouth is full of lies and threats;
trouble and evil are under his tongue.

His victims are crushed, they collapse;
they fall under his strength.
He says to himself, “God will never notice;
he covers his face and never sees.”

Why does the wicked man revile God?
Why does he say to himself,
“He won’t call me to account”?

Break the arm of the wicked man;
call the evildoer to account for his wickedness
that would not otherwise be found out.

The LORD is King for ever and ever;
the nations will perish from his land.
You, LORD, hear the desire of the afflicted;
you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,
defending the fatherless and the oppressed,
so that mere earthly mortals will never again strike terror.
Psalm 10 NIV

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The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller