A Psalm for Mercenaries and their Masterminds

Friends and Filipinos abroad could wag their tongue on this. Or sigh a short prayer for this country. It is plain dark, sickening, and damned. Maybe I take the evening news too seriously. Yesterday, another local radio journalist who aggressively grinded with illegal loggers was gunned to death. I regurgitate with disgust before my evening prayer. How in a country so Catholic and Christian in this order, could evil walk in broad daylight, and walk triumphantly over fumbled, bullet-riddled bodies? How, in a country with cathedrals and congregational churches packed to the last pew on Sundays, could mercenaries meander like stray, deranged dogs? Extra-judicial killings aside, radio journalists according to the Committee to Protect Journalists are the most vulnerable because “they are largely invisible to the outside world while being extremely visible in the communities.” And faith? Christian faith for this matter with the orphaned before us while the mercenaries’ employers puff endlessly their abano ala-Bonnano godfather? Help me pray this psalm. Who knows, we might move Heaven’s righteousness, not ours.

psalm 10

Why, Lord, do you stand at a distance and pay no heed to these troubled times?

Arrogant scoundrels pursue the poor; they trapped them by their cunning schemes.

The wicked even boast of their greed; these robbers curse and scorn the Lord.

In their insolence the wicked boast: “God doesn’t care, doesn’t even exist.”

Yet their affairs always succeed; they ignore your judgment on high; they sneer at all who oppose them.

They say in their hearts, “We will never fall; never will we see misfortune.”

Their mouths are full of oaths, violence and lies; discord and evil are under their tongues.

They wait in ambush near towns; their eyes watch for the helpless, to murder the innocent in secret.

They lurk in ambush like lions in a thicket, hide their trap to the poor, snare them and close the net.

The helpless are crushed, laid low; they fall into the power of the wicked, who say in their hearts, “God pays no attention, shows no concern, never bothers to look.”

Rise up, Lord God! Raise your arm! Do not forget the poor! Why should the wicked scorn God, say in their hearts, “God doesn’t care”?

But you do see; you do observe the misery and sorrow; you take the matter in hand. To you the helpless can entrust their cause; you are defender of the orphans.

Break the arms of the wicked and depraved; make them account for their crimes; let none of them survive.


3 thoughts on “A Psalm for Mercenaries and their Masterminds

  1. Vengeance is mine, says the Lord.

    The good and the bad — they all will have their just reward in the Lord. Persevere in prayer, leave the rest to God. Do the good that you must do with every opportunity that God sends your way. You will be given the people He wants you to help using your God-given talents. Let God’s light shine through to others — through you.

    Peace! Blessings to you!

    Hi Ellen, thanks for the Scriptural reminder and the encouragement to reach out in God’s name. You too, my friend can make use of your writing skill in God’s honor. You are already doing it nga pala.


  2. I couldn’t agree with you more. Such sorry state of our country. Minsan nga parang gusto ko nang manirahan sa ibang bansa kasi this country is getting worse everyday. People say na may pag asa pa and I for one is a hoper… pero sa case ng pilipinas… i don’t know.

    People here doesn’t respect anymore religious significance, partially in fault ang media because they always paint this picture that priests are molesters and abusers na unfair naman sa greater majority na hindi naman ganun.

    I hate to say this but truth is our country is F***ed up.. the illegal logger is some corrupt public official i tell you o kung hindi man yan ay kakosa ng politiko. and if the government will not pursue this big fishes, they will just suck our forest bare and dry… Hindi ko pati maintindihan kung bakit walang batas sa atin na ang illegal loggers kasama ang owners and operators ay reclusion perpetua ang parusa kasi they are murderers– first and second degree… frist degree yung gubat.. second degree yung tao!

    Bro, i wonder if in this age, we will outnumber the OT “cursing psalms” because of the wretched state of this Christian country? You already penned one.

  3. The fact that mercenaries abound and laws are unjust and death walks the streets and forests with handguns, only means that many have turned away from God despite being in the pews on Sundays. (Christian for 1 hour a week, Pagan the rest of the week?)

    Parang nasa Old Testament ulit tayo. The message is the same: turn away from our idols (money, power, evil, pleasure) and turn back to God.

    We are being tested. And refined, amidst this struggle against all evil. Should we give up hope? No. On the contrary, we should pray more. For the murdered, for the downtrodden, for the abused, the kidnapped, the widowed and orphaned. And we should seek to serve them. (True religion is caring for the widowed and orphaned, according to James 1.)

    There’s always hope. The hope lies in our DOING something and relying on God’s grace to work through us, as we can do nothing alone.

    Nothing is impossible with God.

    Hi Lionel,
    I subscribe to the belief that every positive or prophetic thought released reverberates in the universe. No matter how small, they count. Yours certainly does. Yes, our current national quandary is just a recurrent one and seem based on one problem pattern reflected in the OT – people don’t believe enough that God and God’s world is safe enough, abundant enough, good enough to live meaningful lives and relationships. One positive thought and action at a time and we cap evil with good.

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