Praying the Psalms: Mon, 06 Aug – Psalm 32 ~ rejoice in sins forgiven

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 32 (NLT)

Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight! Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty! When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long. Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat.

Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.

Therefore, let all the godly pray to you while there is still time, that they may not drown in the floodwaters of judgment. For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory.

The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.”

Many sorrows come to the wicked, but unfailing love surrounds those who trust the Lord. So rejoice in the Lord and be glad, all you who obey him! Shout for joy, all you whose hearts are pure!
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Morning Prayer

O Lord our God: you are merciful, gracious, and kind – you forgive the sins of all who come to you through your Son, Jesus Christ –

+ Without your forgiveness we are hopelessly lost –

  • for we have broken your commandments and sinned against you
  • for we have tried unsuccessfully to hide our sin, to repress our guilt
  • for we have been consumed by the dread of being exposed

+ With your forgiveness we are eternally blessed –

  • for when we confess our sins, our burden of guilt is lifted
  • for you forgive our sins and take them far away from us

O Lord our God: you forgive the sins all who turn to you in faith and repentance through your Son, Jesus Christ –

  • you cancel all accusations against us and free us from getting what we deserve
  • you put our sin out of sight and see instead the blood sacrifice of your Son
  • you acquit us completely and declare us righteous in your sight

O Lord our God: we rejoice in the wonder of your mercy and forgiveness through your Son, Jesus Christ –

  • fill us with songs of deliverance, instead of consuming remorse
  • fill us with a new understanding of your protection and friendship
  • fill us with joyous praise and the freedom of belonging in your family

O Lord our God: break down the walls of resistance of guilty people who attempt to hide their sin; turn their hearts to you in repentance, faith and trust; and fill them with the joy of sins forgiven through your Son, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.
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“Happy The Man Whose Transgressions Are Forgiven (Psalm 32)” – Karl Kohlhase


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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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