Praying the Psalms: Thu, 30 Aug – Psalm 53 ~ only fools are atheists

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 53 (NLT)

Only fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, and their actions are evil; not one of them does good!

God looks down from heaven on the entire human race; he looks to see if anyone is truly wise, if anyone seeks God. But no, all have turned away; all have become corrupt. No one does good, not a single one!

Will those who do evil never learn? They eat up my people like bread and wouldn’t think of praying to God. Terror will grip them, terror like they have never known before. God will scatter the bones of your enemies. You will put them to shame, for God has rejected them.

Who will come from Mount Zion to rescue Israel? When God restores his people, Jacob will shout with joy, and Israel will rejoice.

Morning Prayer

O Lord our God: you made the world and everything in it and, through your creation, you displayed your invisible qualities – your eternal power and divine nature. Humankind is without excuse; only fools and sinful, wicked people deny this essential truth –

+ Protect us from the folly of wicked people who deny you…
+ Protect us from the folly of life without your controlling moral authority…
+ Protect us from the folly of meaninglessness and despair without hope of redemption…

O Lord our God: you are the Rewarder of all who diligently seek you. And you have given us your Son, Jesus Christ, to lead us by faith along the path of godliness –

+  Give us the wisdom to trust him to satisfy the deep longing of our souls…
+ Give us the wisdom to permit his Word and Spirit to govern us in holiness, justice, and goodness…
+ Give us the wisdom to rest in his promises and rely on his mercy and loving-kindness…
+ Give us the wisdom to live in his power and strength and bear witness to you, the Triune God – Father, Son and Spirit – One God for ever and ever…

O Lord our God: restore all your people through your Son, Jesus Christ, and give us the patience to wait for his victorious return when the kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign for ever and ever. Amen.

“Psalm 53” – chris kopko


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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