Jesus our Defender

Zechariah 9
Judgment on Israel’s Enemies
An Oracle
The word of the Lord is against the land of Hadrach and will rest upon Damascus- for the eyes of men and all the tribes of Israel are on the Lord-
and upon Hamath too, which borders on it, and upon Tyre and Sidon, though they are very skillful.
3Tyre has built herself a stronghold; she has heaped up silver like dust, and gold like the dirt of the streets.
4But the Lord will take away her possessions and destroy her power on the sea, and she will be consumed by fire. 5Ahskelon will see it and fear; Gaza will writhe in agony, and Ekron too, for her hope will wither . Gaza will lose her king and Ashkelon will be deserted. 6 Foreigners will occupy Ashdod , and I will cut off the pride of the Philistines. 7 I will take the blood from their mouths, the forbidden food from between their teeth. Those who are left will belong to our God and become leaders in Judah, and Ekron will be like the Jebusites.
8But I will defend my house against marauding forces. Never again will an oppressor overrun my people for I am keeping watch.
The coming of Zions King (Come Lord Jesus, Come)
9/Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your King comes to you, righteous  and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. 10 I will take away the chariots from Ehpraim and the war-horses from Jerusalem and the battle bow will be broken. He will proclaim peace to the nations His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth. 11 As for you, because of the blood of my covenant with you. I will free your prisoners from the waterless pit. 12 Return to your fortress, O prisoners of hope, even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you. 13 I will bend Judah as I bend my bow and fill it with Ephraim. I will rouse your sons, O Zion, against your sons, O Greece, and make you like a warrior’s sword.
14Then the Lord will appear over them; his arrow will flash like lighting. The Sovereign Lord will sound the trumpet; he will march in the storms of the south, and the Lord Almighty will shield them. They will destroy and overcome with slingstones. They will drink and roar as with wine; they will be full like a bowl used for sprinking the corners of the altar. 16 The Lord their God will save them on that day as the flock  of his people . They will sparkle in his hand like jewels in a crown.
17 How attractive and beautiful they will be. Grain will make the young men thrive and new wine the young women.
Psalm 36
An oracle is within my heart concerning the sinfulness of the wicked.
There is no fear of God before his eyes.
2For in his own eyes he flatters himself
too much to detect or hate his sin.
3The words of his mouth are wicked and deceitful; he has ceased to be wise and to do good.
4Even on his bed he plots evil; he commits himself to a sinful course
and does not reject what wrong.
5Your love, O Lord, reaches to the skies.
6Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the great deep.
O Lord, you preserve both man and beast.
7How priceless is your unfailing love!
Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings.
8They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights.
9For with you is the foundation of life; in your light we see light.
10Continue your love to those who know you, your righteousness to the upright in heart.
11May the foot of the proud not come against  me, nor the hand of the wicked drive me away. 12 See how the evildoers lie fallen – thrown down, not able to rise!
Peace Be Still