January 9, 2017

Praying with Psalm 10

LORD, why does it feel like You’re so far away?
Why do I have trouble finding You in my troubles?

I could go on and on about how
wicked ways seem to prosper,
and helpless people get crushed,
but I know You know.

O LORD, arise! Lift Your hand to help!
The wicked think You won’t,
but I know You see and note wrongdoings.
Take them in hand!

Helpless ones commit themselves to You.
Don’t leave us Fatherless!
Break the hold of evil on us, and call
us into account for anything not of You
until You find nothing ill in us.

LORD, be our King forever
for people and nations perish without You.

Hear our desires, O LORD.
Strengthen our hearts.
Incline Your ear to us and do justice
to those who feel oppressed
and Fatherless without You.
Let no one on earth strike us
with terror.

prayer-a-phrased by Mary Harwell Sayler, © 2017


  1. Dear Mary, I am so overwhelmed with compassion by your interpretation of this psalm. Thank you for sharing this heartfelt rendition of Psalm 10 and posting it at such a timely place/time in our lives! Many blessings to you always, Shari

  2. Mary, I'd like to share this with the men I teach in the jail if that is OK with you. I always give you full credit, and the men are true fans of your good work! Love, Shari

    1. Shari, I'd be blessed! Sorry I didn't respond soon. I just saw your note.

  3. Thank you so much, Mary. You are a GEM!