Praying the Psalms: Mon, 27 Aug – Psalm 50 ~ God, the righteous judge

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 50 (NLT)

The Lord, the Mighty One, is God, and he has spoken; he has summoned all humanity from where the sun rises to where it sets. From Mount Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines in glorious radiance. Our God approaches, and he is not silent. Fire devours everything in his way, and a great storm rages around him. He calls on the heavens above and earth below to witness the judgment of his people. “Bring my faithful people to me—those who made a covenant with me by giving sacrifices.” Then let the heavens proclaim his justice, for God himself will be the judge.

“O my people, listen as I speak. Here are my charges against you, O Israel: I am God, your God! I have no complaint about your sacrifices or the burnt offerings you constantly offer. But I do not need the bulls from your barns or the goats from your pens. For all the animals of the forest are mine, and I own the cattle on a thousand hills. I know every bird on the mountains, and all the animals of the field are mine. If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for all the world is mine and everything in it. Do I eat the meat of bulls? Do I drink the blood of goats? Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God, and keep the vows you made to the Most High. Then call on me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory.”

But God says to the wicked: “Why bother reciting my decrees and pretending to obey my covenant? For you refuse my discipline and treat my words like trash. When you see thieves, you approve of them, and you spend your time with adulterers. Your mouth is filled with wickedness, and your tongue is full of lies. You sit around and slander your brother—your own mother’s son. While you did all this, I remained silent, and you thought I didn’t care. But now I will rebuke you, listing all my charges against you. Repent, all of you who forget me, or I will tear you apart, and no one will help you. But giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors me. If you keep to my path, I will reveal to you the salvation of God.”
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Morning Prayer

O Lord our God: you are the Mighty One, the righteous judge over all the world –

+ You alone have the right and power to judge all mankind…
+ You alone have perfect knowledge of who we are and what we have said and done; nothing is hidden from you…
+ Now, we bear the consequences of our decisions, for good or ill…
+ One day, we will stand before your majesty and glory to give account of ourselves…

O Lord our God: you are the Mighty One, the righteous judge who determines our destiny –

+ Your goodness comes to us through your mercy and grace…
+ Your desire is for sinners to turn from their wicked ways and live…
+ Your final judgement will be universal, beginning with your people…
+ Your last judgement will be irreversible and eternal…

O Lord our God: you are the Mighty One, the righteous judge who desires the sacrifice of an obedient heart and life –

+ May the love of Christ reign in our hearts…
+ May the words of Christ rule our lives…
+ May the sacrifice of Christ redeem our souls…
+ May the Spirit of Christ empower us in godliness…

We ask this through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
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“Psalm 39” – Koine


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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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