God Sees the Trouble of the Afflicted

Yesterday a violent lunatic brutally attacked a small congregation in a rural Texas community.  He ruthlessly shot and killed at least 26, including a five-year-old child and a pregnant woman, and wounded at least 20 others.  You can read about the attack on First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs here.

Today, I am calling us all to pray for our brothers and sisters at First Baptist Church.  I can’t even imagine their shock, terror, grief, and pain.  Let’s support them by crying out to God on their behalf.  In times like these, our words often seem too small to make a difference.  That’s why I’m sharing a few verses from God’s Word in this post.  I encourage you all to read Psalm 10 in its entirety and use it as a guide to pray God’s Word for the afflicted in Sutherland Springs.  Below are selected verses from Psalm 10.

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.

7 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.

11 He says to himself, “God will never notice;
He covers his face and never sees.”

12 Arise, LORD.  Lift up Your hand, O God.
Do not forget the helpless.

14 But You, God, see the trouble of the afflicted;
You consider their grief and take it in hand.
The victims commit themselves to You;
You are the helper of the fatherless.

17 You, LORD, hear the desire of the afflicted;
You encourage them, and You listen to their cry,
18 defending the fatherless and oppressed
so that mere earthly mortals
will never again strike terror.

Praying for FBC Sutherland Springs this week.

In Christ,
Pastor Andy