Arise, LORD! Lift up your hand, O God. Do not forget the helpless. You, God, see the trouble of the afflicted; you consider their grief and take it in hand. The victims commit themselves to you; you are the helper of the fatherless.
You are still in Your holy temple seated on Your heavenly throne where You will remain King forever and ever. From Your sanctuary high in the sky, You watch everyone closely, examining every person on the face of the earth. No one anywhere escapes Your holy gaze.
You know that Japan is reeling from a rapidly unfolding disaster of epic scale, pummeled by death, destruction, and destitution caused by the apocalyptic earthquake, tsunami, and damaged nuclear reactors that are threatening to spew deadly radiation. You know the excruciating agony and angst these precious people face as they desperately search for loved ones who instantly vanished into the heart of the sea.
You, O God, see the terrible torment of the survivors, and hear their heart wrenching cries for help. Arise, LORD! According to Your Word, lift up Your hand. Do not forget the helpless, the homeless, and the hopeless. As the victims reach out to You in utter distress, reach down from heaven and pick them up. Save them for Your name sake. Set their feet on the Rock of Christ Jesus, and shelter them in Your presence where they will be empowered, encouraged and comforted by Your unfailing love.
O Lord, my soul is consumed with compassion and sorrow as I continually see the stunning images coming from Japan. Amid immense misery and mourning, rise up and glorify Your name. Amen.