Praying the Psalms: Mon, 23 Jul – Psalm 20 ~ In times of trouble

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 20 (NLT)

In times of trouble, may the Lord answer your cry.

  • May the name of the God of Jacob keep you safe from all harm.
  • May he send you help from his sanctuary and strengthen you from Jerusalem.
  • May he remember all your gifts and look favorably on your burnt offerings.
  • May he grant your heart’s desires and make all your plans succeed.
  • May we shout for joy when we hear of your victory and raise a victory banner in the name of our God.
  • May the Lord answer all your prayers.

Now I know that the Lord rescues his anointed king. He will answer him from his holy heaven and rescue him by his great power. Some nations boast of their chariots and horses, but we boast in the name of the Lord our God. Those nations will fall down and collapse, but we will rise up and stand firm.

Give victory to our king, O Lord! Answer our cry for help.

Morning Prayer

Sovereign Lord: Our nation is in trouble – we are a deeply divided people, without reason or common sense, without trust in you to hold us together. Use this time of strife to reveal our true character.

+ That we might be driven to seek your face, in prayer and practice
+ That we might be strengthened to persevere in our trials and distress
+ That we might be cheered by our trust in your gracious purpose for us

Sovereign Lord: Bring together people of faith and goodwill who will further your Kingdom purpose to help us become one people under your rule and reign.

+ That we might comfort and encourage one another
+ That we might worship you in Spirit and Truth – one God – Father, Son, and Spirit
+ That we might lead our nation into a season repentance and restoration

Sovereign Lord: Prepare your people for the coming victory of right over wrong and good over evil; prepare us for the coming of your Son in glory.

+ That we might sort out our priorities and first seek your everlasting Kingdom
+ That we might live confidently and joyfully – certain of your deliverance
+ That we might trust you to answer us and bring total victory

Sovereign Lord: Draw us close to you that we might join the heavenly chorus –

After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes and held palm branches in their hands. And they were shouting with a great roar,

“Salvation comes from our God who sits on the throne
and from the Lamb!”

And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living beings. And they fell before the throne with their faces to the ground and worshiped God.

Revelation 7:9-11 (NLT)


“Safe (Psalm 20)” – The Shiyr Poets

May the Lord answer you | When you are in distress
May the name of Jacob’s God keep you safe
May he send you his help | From Zion’s sacred place
May God remember every sacrifice

May he grant your heart’s desires
And may all your plans succeed
We’ll sing for joy in your victory
Our banners raise in the name of God
Of our God

Now I know the Lord will save | His anointed one
From his holy heaven he will answer him
Some they trust in chariots | In their military might
But we will trust in the name of God
Of our God

Some have stumbled and fallen
We rise we stand tall
Some have stumbled and fallen
We rise we stand tall

O Lord rescue the king | Your strong arm keep him safe
May you answer when we call upon your name

May the Lord answer you when you are in distress
May the name of Jacob’s God keep you safe

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.

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

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