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  • Psalm Eleven

    I put my trust in the Lord;
    I have no need to run and hide.
    My enemies are making ready to attack,
    They think they will conquer us,
    they think we are afraid.
    But our God is in his holy temple,
    He is in his throne in heaven.
    He is judging the wicked and the righteous.
    He will protect the righteous.
    He will destroy the wicked.
    He will rain fire and brimstone upon them.
    He will carry them away in a terrible storm.
    The Lord loves the righteous man.
    He sees our righteousness and protects us.

    If the United States Marine Corps ever had a patron saint, his name was Lieutenant General Lewis "Chesty" Puller. Even today, Marines end their prayers with "Goodnight, Chesty, where ever you are!" He is considered the perfect Marine.

    When I think about David and his enemies, I remember a story from Chesty's days in Korea. After he made the landing at Inchon, he was told the enemy was all around him. His reply?

    "They are in front of us, behind us, and we are flanked on both sides by an enemy that outnumbers us 29:1. They can't get away from us now!"

    I like to think Chesty might have read a few of the Psalms. I'm almost positive he believed God was on his side.

    "Semper Fi!"


    [I was USN, which means I often encountered Marines in the course of my duties. I have nothing but the utmost respect for the USMC and the sacrifices they have given for their country.]
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