Praying for Protection

“Give your servant a pledge of good;
let not the insolent oppress me.” Psalm 119.122

In this verse, the poet expands upon the prayer for protection begun in the prior verse. In that verse, the psalmist pledged himself to living in righteousness and justice. Knowing that such a life produces resentment and oppression from the world, he appealed to the Lord for protection. Here, he expands upon that.

He asks for a pledge from God, in essence asking his righteous master to promise a good outcome of his dedicated service. He’s desperate for the Lord’s protection—as everyone who longs to live a godly life must be. Notice that pursuit of the Lord in prayer is his first—and most important—step in shoring up his defenses. He doesn’t rely on his own strength, but on the Lord’s provision and protection.

Scripture tells us that all who desire to live a godly life will face persecution (2 Tim. 3.12). We must seek the Lord to uphold and preserve us.

In what ways are you pursuing righteousness and justice in your life? How have you faced persecution and opposition in your pursuit? How often do you seek the Lord for protection—for guidance in your pursuit of him and faithful obedience to his word?

Heavenly Father, gracious King, uphold us with your righteous right hand. Renew our commitment to loving and faithful obedience to your word. Protect us from the insolent, from those who persecute and threaten us. May we not be dismayed or dissuaded from our faithful pursuit of your calling on our lives. Amen.

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