Praying Through: Psalm 23:5a Circumstances Abound

The Psalm

Psalm 23:5a (CSB) You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies

The Prayer

My God,

I have been crushed and

  • discarded a hundred times.
  • But, I have warred against you
  • thousand more.

Yet, you sent your Son to live

  • and die for me.

And now I live for you.

I will never understand

  • why you saved me,
  • but I only know that
  • because I have sin much
  • You have forgiven much.

Now I know you let me sit

  • at your table,
  • when I should been
  • condemned for treason.

You knew I was an enemy,

  • and you then declared me
  • as your friend.

My God, remind me always that,

  • I do not do battle
  • against prisoners of war,
  • but against the rulers
  • who imprisoned them.

Give me your almighty strength,

  • and your invincible armour,
  • and let me help
  • you set the captives free.

In your Son’s name I pray. Amen.