Praying the Psalms: Mon, 20 Aug – Psalm 44 – You are my King and my 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 44 (NLT)

O God, we have heard it with our own ears — our ancestors have told us of all you did in their day, in days long ago: You drove out the pagan nations by your power and gave all the land to our ancestors. You crushed their enemies and set our ancestors free. They did not conquer the land with their swords; it was not their own strong arm that gave them victory. It was your right hand and strong arm and the blinding light from your face that helped them, for you loved them.

You are my King and my God. You command victories for Israel. Only by your power can we push back our enemies; only in your name can we trample our foes. I do not trust in my bow; I do not count on my sword to save me. You are the one who gives us victory over our enemies; you disgrace those who hate us. O God, we give glory to you all day long and constantly praise your name.

But now you have tossed us aside in dishonor. You no longer lead our armies to battle. You make us retreat from our enemies and allow those who hate us to plunder our land. You have butchered us like sheep and scattered us among the nations. You sold your precious people for a pittance, making nothing on the sale. You let our neighbors mock us. We are an object of scorn and derision to those around us. You have made us the butt of their jokes; they shake their heads at us in scorn. We can’t escape the constant humiliation; shame is written across our faces. All we hear are the taunts of our mockers. All we see are our vengeful enemies.

All this has happened though we have not forgotten you. We have not violated your covenant. Our hearts have not deserted you. We have not strayed from your path. Yet you have crushed us in the jackal’s desert home. You have covered us with darkness and death. If we had forgotten the name of our God or spread our hands in prayer to foreign gods, God would surely have known it, for he knows the secrets of every heart. But for your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.

Wake up, O Lord! Why do you sleep? Get up! Do not reject us forever. Why do you look the other way? Why do you ignore our suffering and oppression? We collapse in the dust, lying face down in the dirt. Rise up! Help us! Ransom us because of your unfailing love.
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Morning Prayer

O Lord our God: your Hand has guided your people throughout history –

+ In every nation and age, you are present…
+ In the people of Israel, you revealed yourself…
+ In the people of Israel, you claimed them for yourself…
+ In the people of Israel, you transmitted your sacred heritage…
+ In the people of Israel, you displayed your governance over all…

O Lord our God: you have revealed yourself and your purpose as history unfolded –

+ You revealed yourself to Noah…
+ You revealed yourself to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob…
+ You revealed yourself to Moses…
+ You revealed yourself to David…
+ You revealed yourself to the prophets…
+ And, in these last days, you have revealed yourself through your Son, Jesus Christ…

O Lord our God: thank you for caring for your people throughout all of history –

+ Your loving-kindness sustains our faith…
+ Your loving-kindness sustains our hope of help and deliverance…
+ Your loving-kindness sustains us in times of mercy and judgement…
+ Your loving-kindness sustains us in discipline and chastisement…
+ Your loving-kindness sustains our trust in times of persecution…
+ Your loving-kindness sustains our strength and purifies our love…

O Lord our God: you are our everything – you never change – and we adore you through our Savior, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.
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“Psalm 44” – Eva Bogomolny


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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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