LORD my God, I take refuge in you; save and deliver me from all who pursue me, or they will tear me apart like a lion and rip me to pieces with no one to rescue me. LORD my God, if I have done this and there is guilt on my hands - if I have repaid my ally with evil or without cause have robbed my foe - then let my enemy pursue and overtake me; let him trample my life to the ground and make me sleep in the dust.
"LORD my God, I take refuge in you..." Heavenly Father, I praise your name for not only loving me and caring for me, but also for being a God who I can run to for protection. I thank you for being my hiding place. I thank you for being my covering. I thank you for being my shield. You have surely saved and delivered me from many things I am aware of and many things I know I am not aware of! I worship you for being my refuge.
"...if I have repaid my ally with evil or without cause have robbed my foe..." I confess that I am guilty of this. I am guilty of repaying evil with evil. I am guilty of doing evil towards those who have not done evil to me. When I have been hurt, I have hurt others. When I have been shamed, I have shamed others. When I have felt entitled, I have brought judgement knowing full well that judgement and vindication is your responsibility. I am grieved by this sin as does not accurately reflect the grace and patience you have shown me. Forgive me.
"...if I have repaid my ally with evil or without cause have robbed my foe..." I look forward to the day when I have no desire to "repay my allies with evil." I look forward to the day when I fully trust that "Vengeance is mine says the Lord." I pray that your Holy Spirit would give me an ability to patient with, understanding of, and loving towards those who cause me harm. Take away any reflex in me that would desire to hurt those who hurt me. I pray this all in Jesus name, Amen.