Praying the Psalms: Fri, 17 Aug – Psalm 42 ~ I long for you, O God

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.
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Morning Reading: Psalm 42 (NLT)

As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God. I thirst for God, the living God. When can I go and stand before him? Day and night I have only tears for food, while my enemies continually taunt me, saying, “Where is this God of yours?”

My heart is breaking as I remember how it used to be: I walked among the crowds of worshipers, leading a great procession to the house of God, singing for joy and giving thanks amid the sound of a great celebration!

Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again — my Savior and my God!

Now I am deeply discouraged, but I will remember you — even from distant Mount Hermon, the source of the Jordan, from the land of Mount Mizar. I hear the tumult of the raging seas as your waves and surging tides sweep over me. But each day the Lord pours his unfailing love upon me, and through each night I sing his songs, praying to God who gives me life.

“O God my rock,” I cry, “Why have you forgotten me? Why must I wander around in grief, oppressed by my enemies?” Their taunts break my bones. They scoff, “Where is this God of yours?”

Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again — my Savior and my God!
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Morning Prayer

O Lord our God: only you can satisfy the cravings of our souls –

+ For you alone are worthy of our worship and devotion…
+ For you alone are good and just in everything you do…
+ For you alone forgive our sins and restore our souls…
+ For you alone fill us with everlasting joy and contentment…
+ For you alone sustain us in times of affliction…

O Lord our God: help us to exercise the necessary spiritual discipline to satisfy our longings –

+  That we might diligently study your Word…
+ That we might ponder the meaning of your Word for our lives…
+ That we might pray your Word into our lives and glorify your name…
+ That we might fix our eyes on heaven and the certainty of eternal life…

O Lord our God: thank you for sending us your Son, Jesus Christ, the bread of life come down from heaven, that the hunger of our souls might be satisfied, and that we might be raised to eternal life on the last day. Amen.
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“Psalm 42” – Sojourner Music


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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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