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 83 (NLT) (A Psalm of Asaph)
O God, do not be silent! Do not be deaf. Do not be quiet, O God. Don’t you hear the uproar of your enemies? Don’t you see that your arrogant enemies are rising up? They devise crafty schemes against your people; they conspire against your precious ones.
“Come,” they say, “let us wipe out Israel as a nation. We will destroy the very memory of its existence.”
Yes, this was their unanimous decision. They signed a treaty as allies against you—these Edomites and Ishmaelites; Moabites and Hagrites; Gebalites, Ammonites, and Amalekites; and people from Philistia and Tyre. Assyria has joined them, too, and is allied with the descendants of Lot. Interlude
Do to them as you did to the Midianites and as you did to Sisera and Jabin at the Kishon River. They were destroyed at Endor, and their decaying corpses fertilized the soil. Let their mighty nobles die as Oreb and Zeeb did. Let all their princes die like Zebah and Zalmunna, for they said,
“Let us seize for our own use these pasturelands of God!”
O my God, scatter them like tumbleweed, like chaff before the wind! As a fire burns a forest and as a flame sets mountains ablaze, chase them with your fierce storm; terrify them with your tempest. Utterly disgrace them until they submit to your name, O Lord. Let them be ashamed and terrified forever. Let them die in disgrace. Then they will learn that you alone are called the Lord, that you alone are the Most High, supreme over all the earth.
O Lord our God: Hear the cries of your faithful people as your enemies besiege us, hijacking our joy and soiling our souls –
+ for they are arrayed against us, confronting us at every turn…
+ for they are overwhelming us, utilizing the world, the flesh and the devil…
+ for they are united against us, allied only by their blind hatred…
+ for they are relentless against us, pursuing our total destruction…
+ for they are ambushing us, using lies and deceit to malign us…
O Lord our God: Hear the cries of your faithful people over the uproar of your enemies as they claim victory over us –
+ for you are the Sovereign One – over both the godly and the godless…
+ for you are the Almighty One – the godless are powerless against you…
+ for you are the Victorious One – the godless cannot overthrow you…
O Lord our God: Hear the cries of your faithful people and strengthen us with uncompromising resolve to love and serve you, regardless of the consequences, and to bear witness to the glory of your name – through your Son, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.
“Psalm 83” (Hold not thy tongue, O God.) – Anglican Parish Psalter
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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