Why, O LORD, do you stand far away? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble? In arrogance the wicked hotly pursue the poor; let them be caught in the schemes that they have devised. For the wicked boasts of the desires of his soul, and the one greedy for gain curses and renounces the LORD. In the pride of his face the wicked does not seek him; all his thoughts are, "There is no God."
Lord, as You told Ananias about Paul, "We must suffer for Your namesake." Give us strength in the face of persecution, help us to stand firm in adversity, fill us with the wisdom to refute those who say, "There is no God."