Give ear to my prayer, O God,
and hide not yourself from my plea for mercy!
 Attend to me, and answer me;
I am restless in my complaint and I moan,
 because of the noise of the enemy,
because of the oppression of the wicked.
For they drop trouble upon me,
and in anger they bear a grudge against me.
 My heart is in anguish within me;
the terrors of death have fallen upon me.
 Fear and trembling come upon me,
and horror overwhelms me.
 And I say, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove!
I would fly away and be at rest;
 yes, I would wander far away;
I would lodge in the wilderness; Selah
 I would hurry to find a shelter
from the raging wind and tempest.”
 Destroy, O Lord, divide their tongues;
for I see violence and strife in the city.
 Day and night they go around it
on its walls,
and iniquity and trouble are within it;
 ruin is in its midst;
oppression and fraud
do not depart from its marketplace.
 For it is not an enemy who taunts me—
then I could bear it;
it is not an adversary who deals insolently with me—
then I could hide from him.
 But it is you, a man, my equal,
my companion, my familiar friend.
 We used to take sweet counsel together;
within God’s house we walked in the throng.
 Let death steal over them;
let them go down to Sheol alive;
for evil is in their dwelling place and in their heart.
 But I call to God,
and the LORD will save me.
 Evening and morning and at noon
I utter my complaint and moan,
and he hears my voice.
 He redeems my soul in safety
from the battle that I wage,
for many are arrayed against me.
 God will give ear and humble them,
he who is enthroned from of old, Selah
because they do not change
and do not fear God.
 My companion stretched out his hand against his friends;
he violated his covenant.
 His speech was smooth as butter,
yet war was in his heart;
his words were softer than oil,
yet they were drawn swords.
 Cast your burden on the LORD,
and he will sustain you;
he will never permit
the righteous to be moved.
 But you, O God, will cast them down
into the pit of destruction;
men of blood and treachery
shall not live out half their days.
But I will trust in you. (ESV)
Call to Worship
 Now I know that the LORD saves his anointed;
he will answer him from his holy heaven
with the saving might of his right hand.
 Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.
 They collapse and fall,
but we rise and stand upright.
 O LORD, save the king!
May he answer us when we call. (ESV)
Prayer of Repentance
Most merciful God, whose Son Jesus Christ was tempted in every way, yet without sin, we confess before You our own sinfulness; we have hungered after that which does not satisfy; we have compromised with evil; we have doubted Your power to protect us. Forgive us for our lack of faith; have mercy on our weakness. Restore us in such trust and love that we may walk in Your ways and delight in doing Your will. We ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Heavenly Father, You have kept Your promises and shown Your faithfulness through Jesus Christ. There is much conflict and trouble around us. There is conflict within our families and community. There is conflict within our nation. There is conflict within our world. Father, we ask for You to act upon Your promises and preserve Your people. We ask for You to bring peace and thwart the plans of the evil. We ask for You to remind us of Your love and faithfulness to Your people. Be with us and be our refuge. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Family Discipleship Weekly Resources
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