O Lord, I am oppressed; undertake for me!
Unto You I lift up my eyes, O You who dwell in the heavens. Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God. § Hear my cry, O God; attend to my prayer. From the end of the earth I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For You have been a shelter for me, a strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in Your tabernacle forever; I will trust in the shelter of Your wings. § You have been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm.
Christ … suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: “Who committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth;” who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously.
Isa. 38:14; Ps. 123:1–2; 61:1–4; Isa. 25:4; 1 Peter 2:21–23
Fight the good fight of faith.
We were troubled on every side. Outside were conflicts, inside were fears. § Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them. § Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. God is my strength and power … He teaches my hands to make war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze. § Our sufficiency is from God.
The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them. § Behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
The time would fail me to tell of [those] … who through faith subdued kingdoms … out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.
1 Tim. 6:12; 2 Cor. 7:5; 2 Kings 6:16; Eph. 6:10; 1 Sam. 17:45;
2 Sam. 22:33, 35; 2 Cor. 3:5; Ps. 34:7; 2 Kings 6:17; Heb. 11:32–34