Praying the Psalms: Fri, 07 Sep – Psalm 60 ~ restore us to your favor

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 60 (NLT)

You have rejected us, O God, and broken our defenses. You have been angry with us; now restore us to your favor. You have shaken our land and split it open. Seal the cracks, for the land trembles. You have been very hard on us, making us drink wine that sent us reeling. But you have raised a banner for those who fear you— a rallying point in the face of attack. Interlude

Now rescue your beloved people. Answer and save us by your power. God has promised this by his holiness: “I will divide up Shechem with joy. I will measure out the valley of Succoth. Gilead is mine, and Manasseh, too. Ephraim, my helmet, will produce my warriors, and Judah, my scepter, will produce my kings. But Moab, my washbasin, will become my servant, and I will wipe my feet on Edom and shout in triumph over Philistia.”

Who will bring me into the fortified city? Who will bring me victory over Edom? Have you rejected us, O God? Will you no longer march with our armies? Oh, please help us against our enemies, for all human help is useless. With God’s help we will do mighty things, for he will trample down our foes.

Morning Prayer

O Lord our God: You are sovereign over the heights and depths of our lives. Raise up your people who find themselves in the depths of despondency –

+ Fix our minds on all that is good and true, instead of our troubles…
+ Fix our minds on sins forgiven, instead of past guilt past…
+ Fix our minds on your faithfulness to your promises..
+ Fix our minds on your readiness to show mercy over judgement…
+ Fix our minds on your banner of love, Christ crucified…

O Lord our God: Our hope is in you alone through faith in your Son Jesus Christ. Raise us with him from despondency to victory through your loving-kindness and for your glory. Amen.

“O God, Thou hast rejected us” (Psalm 60) – Scottish Psalter, 1615

O God, Thou hast rejected us, And hast afflicted sore;
Thou hast been angry, but in grace| O once again restore.

Lo, Thou hast torn and rent our land, Thy judgments dread appall;
O heal her shattered strength before | She totter to her fall.

Thro’ ways of trial and distress | Thy people Thou hast led,
A bitter cup Thou givest us | Of misery and dread.

A glorious banner Thou hast given | To those who fear Thy Name,
A banner to display abroad, And thus the truth proclaim.

Give Thou Thy help against the foe, For help of man is vain;
Through God we shall do valiantly, The victory He shall gain.

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.

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

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