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“Oh, that You would slay the wicked, O God!  Depart from me, therefore, you bloodthirsty men.  For they speak against You wickedly; Your enemies take Your name in vain.  Do I not hate them, O Lord, who hate You?  And do I not loathe those who rise up against You?”  (Psalm 139:19-21)

What do we do with the reality of the anger that rises up within us?  Is there a place to loathe and hate what is wrong and leads people astray?  Do not be afraid of the righteous indignation which belongs to God.  He will avenge Himself in due course.  But do not be afraid to join in indignation against those who rail against the Lord and kill our children for the world’s cause.

Lord, grant that I would have discerning eyes and a willingness to be bold for the sake of the truth.  Lead me always in Your truth that I would abide in Your presence and live Your holy cause in this hostile world.  Lead me away from what has led me astray and closer into Your will and way.  Guide me according to Your Word to live out the promises You have given me now and forever.

Lord Jesus, You walked through the hostility of this world and paved the narrow way for those who believe.  Guide me as one of Your own that I would walk in Your footsteps and be led by Your Spirit in the way of truth.  Help me now and always to see through the fog of this age and live into the hope and promise that You give me by grace.  May I learn to be led, even emotionally, by You and Your Word.  Amen.

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