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. He lies in wait near the villages; from ambush he murders the innocent. His eyes watch in secret for his victims; like a lion in cover he lies in wait. He lies in wait to catch the helpless; he catches the helpless and drags them off in his net. 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."
"In his pride the wicked man does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God." Though I have had seasons in my life where I have not pursued you and your purposes for my life passionately, I am so thankful that there has never been a season where I believed that there was no room for you in my life. Thank you for gracing me with the humility to know that life without you and your love and guidance is impossible. Thank you for gracing me with the wisdom to never wander too far off the path that you have for my life. I praise you for protecting me from the type of pride that would say, "there is no room for God."
"God will never notice; he covers his face and never sees." I confess that there have been days when I have fooled myself into thinking that you would not "notice" my sin. Forgive me for foolishly believing that you would "turn a blind eye" to actions that were displeasing and dishonoring to you. You are aware of every movement of my hand and every motive of my heart. Forgive me for thinking otherwise. Forgive me for my sin, especially those that I thought I would be able to "get away" with.
"He lies in wait to catch the helpless; he catches the helpless and drags them off in his net." Heavenly Father, please protect me from the wicked. Protect me from the ploys of the ungodly. Protect me from all those who would want to take me out and steal your purposes for my life from my hand. Give me discernment to be able to distinguish a friend from a foe. Give me the understanding to differentiate a liar from one who is loyal. Surround me with godly men and women who would be able to make me aware of a wicked man or woman who's purpose would be to do me harm. I ask all this in Jesus name, Amen.