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 73 (NLT) (A Psalm of Asaph)
Truly God is good to Israel, to those whose hearts are pure. But as for me, I almost lost my footing. My feet were slipping, and I was almost gone. For I envied the proud when I saw them prosper despite their wickedness.
- They seem to live such painless lives; their bodies are so healthy and strong.
- They don’t have troubles like other people; they’re not plagued with problems like everyone else.
- They wear pride like a jeweled necklace and clothe themselves with cruelty.
- These fat cats have everything their hearts could ever wish for!
- They scoff and speak only evil; in their pride they seek to crush others.
- They boast against the very heavens, and their words strut throughout the earth.
And so the people are dismayed and confused, drinking in all their words. “What does God know?” they ask. “Does the Most High even know what’s happening?” Look at these wicked people—enjoying a life of ease while their riches multiply.
Did I keep my heart pure for nothing? Did I keep myself innocent for no reason? I get nothing but trouble all day long; every morning brings me pain. If I had really spoken this way to others, I would have been a traitor to your people. So I tried to understand why the wicked prosper. But what a difficult task it is! Then I went into your sanctuary, O God, and I finally understood the destiny of the wicked. Truly, you put them on a slippery path and send them sliding over the cliff to destruction. In an instant they are destroyed, completely swept away by terrors. When you arise, O Lord, you will laugh at their silly ideas as a person laughs at dreams in the morning.
Then I realized that my heart was bitter, and I was all torn up inside. I was so foolish and ignorant—I must have seemed like a senseless animal to you. Yet I still belong to you; you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny. Whom have I in heaven but you? I desire you more than anything on earth. My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever.
Those who desert him will perish, for you destroy those who abandon you. But as for me, how good it is to be near God! I have made the Sovereign Lord my shelter, and I will tell everyone about the wonderful things you do.
O Lord our God: You are sovereign over heaven and earth, and you are just and good. Help us to make sense out of the chaos, wickedness and injustice around us –
+ teach us to trust you – when we are reduced to helplessness…
+ teach us to trust you – when we are besieged by the powerful…
+ teach us to trust you – when we are persecuted by the wicked…
+ teach us to trust you – when we are baffled and bewildered…
+ teach us to trust you – when we are humiliated, stripped of our pride…
O Lord our God: You are sovereign over heaven and earth, and you are just and good. Help us to see everything clearly as we worship you in spirit and truth –
+ for you still reign over the affairs of men…
+ for you still judge the living and the dead…
+ for you still meet with us as we gather in your name…
+ for you still hear the prayers of the pure in heart…
+ for you still speak to us through your Word and Spirit…
O Lord our God: You are sovereign over heaven and earth, and you are just and good. In Christ Jesus, all things hold together. Fill us with his grace and truth, that we might love and serve you – freely and joyfully – in every circumstance, while we await his immanent return in glory. Amen.
“Psalm 73” (Enter the Sanctuary) – Jess Ray
Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart. But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold. But You hold me by my right hand, and You guide me with your counsel.
My heart and my flesh may fail me, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Whom have I in heaven but you? Whom have I in heaven but you? There is nothing that I desire, I desire beside you. You are the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
When I enter the sanctuary, I can see everything clearly, everything clearly. For you are always with me, and you will take me to glory, take me to glory. And I am always with you, and it is good to be near you, good to be near you.
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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