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A Prayer for Ukraine: Psalm 10

February 24, 2022
Times reporting; Ukrainian officials | The New York Times

As we watch Russia invade a neighboring sovereign nation, unprovoked and without justification; as we consider the 40+ million image-bearers of God who live there; as we think of our friends, loved ones, and missionaries among them; as we long for national leaders and international coalitions to make wise, good, and courageous decisions; as our hearts break for those on the ground, taking shelter, living in fear, trying to flee or fight back; Psalm 10 seems to supply a fitting prayer on behalf of those suffering the direct impact of this conflict:

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

In arrogance the wicked hotly pursue the poor;
let them be caught in the schemes
that they have devised.
For the wicked boasts of the desires of his soul,
and the one greedy for gain curses and renounces the LORD.
In the pride of his face the wicked does not seek him;
all his thoughts are, "There is no God."

His ways prosper at all times;
your judgments are on high, out of his sight;
as for all his foes, he puffs at them.
He says in his heart, "I shall not be moved;
throughout all generations I shall not meet adversity."
His mouth is filled with cursing and deceit and oppression;
under his tongue are mischief and iniquity.
He sits in ambush in the villages;
in hiding places he murders the innocent.

His eyes stealthily watch for the helpless;
he lurks in ambush like a lion in his thicket;
he lurks that he may seize the poor;
he seizes the poor when he draws him into his net.
The helpless are crushed, sink down,
and fall by his might.
He says in his heart, "God has forgotten,
he has hidden his face, he will never see it."


Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up your hand;
forget not the afflicted.
Why does the wicked renounce God
and say in his heart, "You will not call to account"?
But you do see, for you note mischief and vexation,
that you may take it into your hands;
to you the helpless commits himself;
you have been the helper of the fatherless.
Break the arm of the wicked and evildoer;
call his wickedness to account till you find none.


The LORD is king forever and ever;
the nations perish from his land.
O LORD, you hear the desire of the afflicted;
you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear
to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed,
so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.

(Psalm 10, ESV)

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  1. rescuedkat permalink
    February 24, 2022 11:13 am

    Weeping, lamenting, mourning, and crying out to God with you over this awful situation. Thank you for using Psalm 10 to draw me into prayer.

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