Praying the Psalms: Thu, 19 Jul – Psalm 17 ~ Listen to our cry for help.

Praying the Psalms

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening – (Northumbria Community)

One thing I have asked of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life; to behold the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.

Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ, King of endless glory.

Morning Reading: Psalm 17 (NLT)

O Lord, hear my plea for justice. Listen to my cry for help. Pay attention to my prayer, for it comes from honest lips. Declare me innocent, for you see those who do right.

You have tested my thoughts and examined my heart in the night. You have scrutinized me and found nothing wrong. I am determined not to sin in what I say. I have followed your commands, which keep me from following cruel and evil people. My steps have stayed on your path; I have not wavered from following you.

I am praying to you because I know you will answer, O God. Bend down and listen as I pray. Show me your unfailing love in wonderful ways. By your mighty power you rescue those who seek refuge from their enemies. Guard me as you would guard your own eyes. Hide me in the shadow of your wings. Protect me from wicked people who attack me, from murderous enemies who surround me. They are without pity. Listen to their boasting! They track me down and surround me, watching for the chance to throw me to the ground. They are like hungry lions, eager to tear me apart—like young lions hiding in ambush.

Arise, O Lord! Stand against them, and bring them to their knees! Rescue me from the wicked with your sword! By the power of your hand, O Lord, destroy those who look to this world for their reward. But satisfy the hunger of your treasured ones. May their children have plenty, leaving an inheritance for their descendants. Because I am righteous, I will see you. When I awake, I will see you face to face and be satisfied.
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Morning Prayer

Lord our God: Hear the prayers of the upright –

+ those who realize your presence
+ those who love you with all their heart
+ those who live according to your Word
+ those who rely on you for counsel and guidance
+ those who trust in your sovereign justice

Lord our God: Defend the faithful –

+ those who live with integrity
+ those who rely on your mercy
+ those who reflect your loving-kindness
+ those who pray without ceasing

Lord our God: Rescue your people from the wicked –

+ that their plans may be frustrated
+ that their forces may be defeated

Lord our God: Satisfy the longing of your people –

+ to be made over in your likeness
+ to live forever in your presence

We ask this through your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
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“Hear Me Lord (Psalm 17)” – The Shiyr Poets

Hear me Lord | My plea is just
Listen to my song
Listen to my cry

Hearken to | My guileless prayer
Listen to my song
Listen to my cry

Let my vindication come from you
For You see those who do right
For You see those who do right

Though you probe my heart | Come upon me by night
You will find that I have planned no evil
I am determined not to sin in what I say
By the words that You say
I’m kept from the tracks of the violent

Set firm my steps on Your pathways
So my feet will not stumble

I call on You | Because I know
You will answer me
You turn your ear | You hear my prayer
You will answer me

Show me the wonders of unfailing love
Shelter me from all my enemies
Guard me as you would guard your own eyes
Hide me in the shadow of your wings

From the wicked who oppress me still
They surround me to kill
Their fat has covered up unfeeling hearts
Their lips are dripping with pride

They have tracked me down | To throw me to the ground
They are hungry for prey | Like a lion they wait

Rise up O Lord | You head them off
Confront and bring them down
Save me now with your hand | From men whose one reward
Is found in this brief life

But satisfy the hunger of your sheltered ones
Let all their children eat their fill
And for the descendants of your treasured ones
Let their inheritance be full

As for me
In justice I behold Your face
Wide awake
Satisfied I see Your image
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Blessing – (Northumbrian Community)

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.
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+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!



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