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Monday, August 26, 2013

Psalms for the Christians suffering under Islam, and for the conversion of the Muslims



In the past several years I have developed a heart to pray for the people of Islam. Specifically for their conversion into the gospel of Jesus and away from the stifling legalism and cruelty of  the Muslim religion. I have shared many of these psalms on Facebook, but I believe it is now a good time to gather some of them and present them as a blog posting.

I am hopeful many of you will share some of these with others. Perhaps reading them in prayer groups as you intercede for the Islamic peoples or the Christians suffering persecution under various Islamic regimes. For those of you in the Anglican/Episcopal tradition, it might be a good idea to pray some of these psalms during the "Prayers of the People" of the Sunday liturgy. For those in a more "free church" tradition, perhaps Wednesday night prayer service would be appropriate.

Feel free to use them in any prayerful setting. Even better, write your own to share with your prayer group and church. For hints on psalm writings check out my earlier blog posting HERE. Now some of you will read these psalms and think, "I can do better." WONDERFUL! Go to it!


Psalm for the Copts in Egypt

Protect your People in Egypt oh Lord.
Give succor to those chosen ones who live by the banks of the Nile
Men filed with murder and hate attack their churches
Demon-filled assassins bomb their homes.

Let these attacks be costly to the Kingdom of Satan, oh Lord.
Let a thousand convert for every Copt who loses his life.

Send your angles, strong and armed, to your saints in that ancient land
Let every Copt feel the presence of the Holy Ones
And have assurance of his deliverance.

Let a revival break out in every church in Egypt,
And the Holy Spirit fall without measure,
With dancing in the Spirit and prophecies from on high.

 Let the Muslims of Egypt see and wonder
Let them see healings flow from Coptic churches in torrents greater than the Nile
Let the people of Islam be envious

By your grace, bring them understand that the Koran is not the word of God
And that it cannot bring healing to the nations.


Psalm for the Ministry of Fr. Botros

Bless and empower with your Spirit Fr. Botros.
Let his programs spread the Light of the Gospel
And dissipate the darkness of Islam

Let his message go unimpeded by satellite and webcam,
Repeated on laptops and IPhones.
Let no place in the Muslim world be able to hide from it.
Let the peoples tune in out of curiosity and despair,

And come to salvation and hope
But the millions…one at a time.
They will turn to their true savior.

Let Islam fall in the twinkling of an eye
Let the pundits of the West be astounded
As they see your grace in action.

(On the ministry of Fr. Botros, see my earlier blog posting HERE.

Psalm for the Syrian Christians
(August, 2012)
Protect Christians in Syria oh Lord
And give help to the ancient churches of Damascus.
They are a remnant of churches long ago,
Of Christians who have praised your name from the time of the Apostles.

Now overrun by the sons of Islam
Persecuted, marginalized and despised in their own country.

But now Lord…
Let the Church of Syria arise!
Now pour out upon them your Holy Spirit
Fill them with the powers of the Kingdom long dormant and forgotten.
That with new boldness they may proclaim Christ and the cross.
And have signs and wonders follow.

Let the Church in Syria arise!

That where Alawi kills Sunni and Sunni murders Alawi,
The Church might be a shining light amidst the darkness of war
And a bath of love in a sea of hate. 

Let the Church of Syria arise!

Let the Muslims of Syria wonder:
“Why do these Christians not kill and hate like us?
Is it about that…man on the cross?”
Let the Church in Syria arise!

By the name of Jesus let limbs be restored, wounds vanished
And traumatized minds made whole.
Let the sons of Islam say, “Truly, the Koran proclaims Jesus is healer,
But might he be also the Son of God?”

 Let the Church of Syria arise!
Let your churches in Syria be flooded by new inquires
And filled by those disillusioned and exhausted with jihad,
That they would have their taste of peace and love,
And feast upon the bread of life, and the blood of the savior.

Let the Church of Syria arise!

Psalm for the People of Pakistan
On the occasion of the truck bomb that killed a hundred persons at the soccer field
Let the TV videos show the killed and maimed
Let nothing be hid, of the ghastly assault
Let Al-Jazeera show them again and again
Let the people of the Muslim World be amazed
Let them suffer consternation in their hearts
Let them murmur among themselves
Thinking their own hearts
Is this Islam? Is this what we want in the great Caliphate?
Give grace, power and anointing to the message of Fr. Botros
Let his programs shower down from the heavens,
And come from the satellites to everywhere in the Muslim world
Give him the best of translators
That every program be repeated
To reach the Muslims everywhere
Thank you Lord that in the twinkling of an eye
The Giant of Islam will be overthrown
New Churches formed in Algerian, Iran and
everywhere that the deceptive crescent casts its shadow
What a joy, it will be, to see these new churches.
With customs, colors and liturgies from all the Arab nations.
Baptism by the hundreds of thousands, and Holy Communions by the hundreds millions.
Psalm for the Iranians
On the occasion of the mass protests In the “holy city” of Qom at the funeral the Ayatollah Montazemi
Throngs shout “death to the Dictator’
Anger, green ribbons, tear gas and police batons.
Screams of the afflicted, cries “death to the Dictator!”
Thirty years ago, it was “Death to America”
They longed for an Islamic state
For Men of Islam to lead them into
Justice, holiness and prosperity 
The Islamic republic came
But with corruption, brutality and impoverishment.
The Iranians received what they prayed for,
But not what they imagined.
Thank you Lord that the lesson is now broadcast
In Lebanon, Egypt and all throughout the Muslim world.
They have seen police and militias beating their own people
And have learned of the terror in the prisons.
You hand, oh Lord led them to the failure of their dreams
And the shattering of their illusions
Let the sufferings of the crowds, the tortures of the imprisoned
Now flower in understanding and a new longing
For Jesus, Son of God and savior
For the Bible, the true Word of God
For the Kingdom of God in Iran
Guide the peoples of Iran and the Muslim world.
Let them to think clearly, see rightly.
The problem is the Koran,
There is no remedy in Islam
Bless and empower with your Spirit Fr. Botros.
Let his program spread the Light of the Gospel
And dissipate the darkness of Islam
Let his message go unimpeded by satellite and webcam
Let no place in the Muslim world be able to hide from it
Let the peoples tune in out of curiosity and despair,
And come to salvation and hope
But the millions…one at a time.
They will turn to their true savior.
Let Islam fall in the twinkling of an eye
Let the pundits of the West be astounded
As they see your grace in action and do not understand
Psalm on the occasion of the slaughter in Uganda
July 12, 2010
Let it be costly, oh Lord
Let the demonic kingdom reap much ruin
And the darkness lose its sting.
Let the demons over Islam not celebrate.
Nor rejoice in the innocent blood of soccer fans
Cut down in their celebration and fellowship
Let the demons know that this carnage was ruinous to their plans
Let them see how millions in Islam will be sickened and repulsed
Multitudes will say “Enough of Islam, this is not God’s way.”
Open their eyes to know that the Koran is the book of violence
And the root of evil.
Let them be freed by the millions into the Gospel of liberty
Let them flee from bondage into grace and joy,
As they see the Bible is your word.
Let the demons know that this was a costly defeat,
Like the cross at Calvary long ago.

I have been writing psalms for perhaps 15 years ever since I was introduced to the discipline of personal psalm writing at a CFO camp back in the early 1980s. It has been my intension to follow the biblical pattern of the psalms (which frees the writer of having to devise rhymes), and I delight in naming my collection "The Psalms of William, son of George" as away of honoring my father, George De Arteaga (1911-1973).



He gave the family a wonderful example of Catholic devotion and kindness to others.  Of the four children he raised, one became a nun, and another an Anglican priest. See my earlier blog posting for the story about how my sister became a nun HERE.

Below is a picture taken with a Kodak box camera, of my father holding me right after the great blizzard of 1948 in New York City.



Now go write some psalms...

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