Psalm 64: It’s not OK!
(about bullying. for children)
Listen up, God -
It’s not OK, it’s just not fair!
They’re out to get me, I know they are.
Behind my back they plot ways to hurt me.
They’ve got nothing better to do
than make plans to trip me up.
They use cruel words like arrows
that come at me out of nowhere.
They ambush me, I hate it!
They think nobody knows and nobody cares
that they make my life hell.
They’re so sure they will get away with it.
Why are people so mean?
Stick up for me, God!
Shoot them back, make them pay!
Make an example of them,
see how they like being laughed at for a change!
God, I know that you don’t work like that,
but I wish everyone could see your justice done.
What I will do is choose to find joy in you
even when I don’t feel very happy.
I will choose to feel safe in you
even when I feel afraid.
For you love me
and that love is so much bigger and more amazing
than anything anyone can do to me.
Thank you God. Amen.
Note on the photo: soldiers on exercise
Psalm 64: Protect my life and my ministry
God, hear the voice of my complaint!
Protect my life and my ministry from fear of attack.
Hide me from scheming critics
and hallway mutterers
who sharpen their tongues like bullets
and shoot like snipers from out of the blue.
They feed the complaints of others
and hide behind smiles and righteous indignation.
God, expose the voice of their complaining!
Turn their tongues against them,
trip them up on their schemes.
Show us the work that you will do
so we understand what you have done.
The rightous rejoice in the Lord and take refuge in him
the upright in heart praise you, O Lord.