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 72 (NLT)
Give your love of justice to the king, O God, and righteousness to the king’s son. Help him judge your people in the right way; let the poor always be treated fairly. May the mountains yield prosperity for all, and may the hills be fruitful. Help him to defend the poor, to rescue the children of the needy, and to crush their oppressors. May they fear you as long as the sun shines, as long as the moon remains in the sky. Yes, forever!
May the king’s rule be refreshing like spring rain on freshly cut grass, like the showers that water the earth. May all the godly flourish during his reign. May there be abundant prosperity until the moon is no more. May he reign from sea to sea, and from the Euphrates River to the ends of the earth. Desert nomads will bow before him; his enemies will fall before him in the dust. The western kings of Tarshish and other distant lands will bring him tribute. The eastern kings of Sheba and Seba will bring him gifts. All kings will bow before him, and all nations will serve him.
He will rescue the poor when they cry to him; he will help the oppressed, who have no one to defend them. He feels pity for the weak and the needy, and he will rescue them. He will redeem them from oppression and violence, for their lives are precious to him.
Long live the king! May the gold of Sheba be given to him. May the people always pray for him and bless him all day long. May there be abundant grain throughout the land, flourishing even on the hilltops. May the fruit trees flourish like the trees of Lebanon, and may the people thrive like grass in a field. May the king’s name endure forever; may it continue as long as the sun shines. May all nations be blessed through him and bring him praise.
Praise the Lord God, the God of Israel, who alone does such wonderful things. Praise his glorious name forever! Let the whole earth be filled with his glory. Amen and amen!
(This ends the prayers of David son of Jesse.)
O Lord our God: reveal the glory of your coming Kingdom –
+ where Christ Jesus rules in righteousness and judgement…
+ where Christ Jesus rules by your will and for our welfare…
+ where Christ Jesus rules bringing your light into our darkness…
+ where Christ Jesus rules bringing the good news of peace…
O Lord our God: reveal the righteousness of your coming Kingdom –
+ where Christ Jesus rules justly – without respect to persons…
+ where Christ Jesus rules justly – without favor to friends or disdain to enemies…
+ where Christ Jesus rules justly – the interests of all are considered…
+ where Christ Jesus rules justly – the interests of the poor are protected…
+ where Christ Jesus rules justly – the rebellious return and the fallen are restored…
+ where Christ Jesus rules justly – justice is blended with mercy…
O Lord our God: reveal the joy of your coming Kingdom. You alone rule with eternal truth and grace – shaping us into enlightened, contented, happy citizens – on earth as in heaven. Amen.
“Psalm 72:1-8” (Petersham Scottish Metrical Psalter 1650) – Free Church of Scotland
O Lord, thy judgments give the king, his son thy righteousness.
With right he shall thy people judge, thy poor with uprightness.
The lofty mountains shall bring forth unto the people peace;
Likewise the little hills the same shall do by righteousness.
The people’s poor ones he shall judge, the needy’s children save;
And those shall he in pieces break who them oppressed have.
They shall thee fear, while sun and moon do last, through ages all.
Like rain on mown grass he shall drop, or show’rs on earth that fall.
The just shall flourish in his days, and prosper in his reign:
He shall, while doth the moon endure, abundant peace maintain.
His large and great dominion shall from sea to sea extend:
It from the river shall reach forth unto earth’s utmost end.
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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