Praying the Psalms: Thu, 27 Sep – Psalm 77 ~ In the Day of Trouble I Seek the Lord

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 77 (NLT) (A Psalm of Asaph)

I cry out to God; yes, I shout. Oh, that God would listen to me! When I was in deep trouble, I searched for the Lord. All night long I prayed, with hands lifted toward heaven, but my soul was not comforted. I think of God, and I moan, overwhelmed with longing for his help. Interlude

You don’t let me sleep. I am too distressed even to pray! I think of the good old days, long since ended, when my nights were filled with joyful songs. I search my soul and ponder the difference now. Has the Lord rejected me forever? Will he never again be kind to me? Is his unfailing love gone forever? Have his promises permanently failed? Has God forgotten to be gracious? Has he slammed the door on his compassion? Interlude

And I said, “This is my fate; the Most High has turned his hand against me.” But then I recall all you have done, O Lord; I remember your wonderful deeds of long ago. They are constantly in my thoughts. I cannot stop thinking about your mighty works.

O God, your ways are holy. Is there any god as mighty as you? You are the God of great wonders! You demonstrate your awesome power among the nations. By your strong arm, you redeemed your people, the descendants of Jacob and Joseph. Interlude

When the Red Sea saw you, O God, its waters looked and trembled! The sea quaked to its very depths. The clouds poured down rain; the thunder rumbled in the sky. Your arrows of lightning flashed. Your thunder roared from the whirlwind; the lightning lit up the world! The earth trembled and shook. Your road led through the sea, your pathway through the mighty waters—a pathway no one knew was there! You led your people along that road like a flock of sheep, with Moses and Aaron as their shepherds.
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Morning Prayer

O Lord our God: You are the God of great wonders, the God who performs miracles. Hear our prayers –

+ for all who are living in dark times, times of great trouble…
+ for all who are grief stricken, refusing to be comforted…
+ for all who are overwhelmed, utterly broken down…

O Lord our God: You are the God of great wonders, the God who performs miracles. Hear our prayers –

+ remind us of your help in ages past…
+ remind us of your comfort in troubles past…
+ remind us of our days of rejoicing in your goodness…

O Lord our God: You are the God of great wonders, the God who performs miracles. Hear our prayers –

+ fix our hearts on your wondrous deeds…
+ fix our hearts on your holiness, your greatness…
+ fix our hearts on your redemption, your saving grace…

O Lord our God: You are the God of great wonders, the God who performs miracles. Fix our hearts on the Good Shepherd, your Son Jesus Christ, that we might be led out of our darkness into your glorious light – all to the glory of your name. Amen.
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“Psalm 77” (Lament) – Fellowship Worship [Seth shares a song of lament birthed out of Psalm 77 and walking through the process of both his family’s failed adoption and his friend’s ongoing struggle in a successful adoption.]

I cry aloud to God
aloud to God and He will hear me
In the day of my troubled soul I reach out and seek You,
Lord but I can’t feel You

In the night of my pain
darkness falls, questions rage
Have You forsaken?
O God, have You left me all alone?

You keep my eyes from sleep
so troubled I cannot speak a word
I consider the days of old
when I felt Your love and held Your hope
Where have they gone?

In the night of my pain
faith has fled, doubts remain
Have you forsaken?
O God, have You left me all alone?

Your ways, O God Your ways, O God, are holy Holy
Your ways, O God Your ways, O God, are holy You are holy
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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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