Praying the Psalms: Wed, 05 Sep – Psalm 58 ~ Justice—do you rulers know the meaning of the word?

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 58 (NLT)

Justice—do you rulers know the meaning of the word? Do you judge the people fairly? No! You plot injustice in your hearts. You spread violence throughout the land. These wicked people are born sinners; even from birth they have lied and gone their own way. They spit venom like deadly snakes; they are like cobras that refuse to listen, ignoring the tunes of the snake charmers, no matter how skillfully they play.

Break off their fangs, O God! Smash the jaws of these lions, O Lord! May they disappear like water into thirsty ground. Make their weapons useless in their hands. May they be like snails that dissolve into slime, like a stillborn child who will never see the sun. God will sweep them away, both young and old, faster than a pot heats over burning thorns.

The godly will rejoice when they see injustice avenged. They will wash their feet in the blood of the wicked. Then at last everyone will say, “There truly is a reward for those who live for God; surely there is a God who judges justly here on earth.”
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Morning Prayer

O Lord our God: The world watches as our rulers pervert justice and defame the character of a good man –

+ in their zeal for power, they have increased the evils of our society…
+ in their zeal for power, they have sowed confusion and wickedness throughout the land…
+ in their zeal for power, they have ignored the guilt of their friends and relentlessly persecuted their enemies…
+ in their zeal for power, they have hardened their hearts against all reason and rebuke…
+ in their zeal for power, they have exposed their own wickedness and the corruption of their own hearts…

O Lord our God: The world watches as our rulers pervert justice and defame the character of a good man –

+ for the good of our country, restrain these evil-doers and revoke their power to do injury…
+ for the sake of fairness, judge these evil-doers with righteousness in accordance with your perfect will…
+ for the sake of truth, expose the lies and deceit of these evil-doers and put them to public shame…

O Lord our God: You are the righteous Judge over all the earth. Insert yourself in the deliberations of our rulers concerning the confirmation of a good man as the next Supreme Court Justice. May good triumph over evil, may truth triumph over falsehood, and may justice be restored as intended in the founding documents of our country. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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“Psalm 58” (Psalm 58) – Richard Bruxvoort Colligan


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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, and 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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