by Apostle Gabriel Cross
Holy Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, I run to you because you will never let me down. I come to you because you cannot fail. I trust you, Father because you disarm and teach me how to disarm my enemies with love. Deliver me speedily, for you are my rock of defense and fortress of trust. Pull me out of the net they have laid privily for me, for you are my strength and safety zone. Into your hands I commit my spirit, for You have redeemed me, God of truth. I hate all this silly religion and playing of games, but you, O God, I trust.
You disarmed my tormentors and didn’t leave me in their clutches but gave me room to breathe. Be favorable to me and smile on me with favor today. To all my enemies I have become a reproach, but especially to my neighbors, and a dread to my acquaintances, who flee from me on the street. I am forgotten like a dead person, and out of mind; like a broken vessel. For I have heard the snake talk and slander of many; terror is on every side! While they schemed together against me, they plotted to take my life. But I trusted in, relied on, and was confident in You, O Lord; I said, You are my God. My times are in Your hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies and those who pursue me and persecute me.
Let the Glory of your face, shine on Your servant; save me for Your mercy’s sake and in Your loving-kindness. Let me not be put to shame, O Lord, or disappointed, for I am calling upon You; I desperately throw myself on you. Let the wicked be put to shame, let them be silent in Sheol (the place of the dead). Let the lying lips be silenced, which speak insolently against the [consistently] righteous with pride and contempt.
What a stack of blessings you have piled up for those who worship you, ready and waiting for all who run to you, to escape an unkind world. You hide me safely away from the opposition. Oh, how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for me, goodness which You have wrought for those who trust and take refuge in You before the sons of men! In the secret place of Your presence, You hide me from the plots of men; You keep me secretly in Your pavilion, from the strife of tongues.
Blessed be the Lord! For He has shown me His marvelous loving favor when I was beset as in a besieged city. As for me, I said in my haste and alarm, (I’m out of sight, out of mind), I am cut off from before Your eyes. But You heard the voice of my supplications, when I cried to You for aid. Oh, love the Lord, all you His saints! The Lord preserves the faithful, and plentifully pays back him who deals haughtily. In you I am strong and my heart takes courage, I wait in expectation of you Lord! (Psalm 31)
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