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 90 (NLT) (A prayer of Moses, the man of God.)
Lord, through all the generations you have been our home! Before the mountains were born, before you gave birth to the earth and the world, from beginning to end, you are God.
You turn people back to dust, saying, “Return to dust, you mortals!” For you, a thousand years are as a passing day, as brief as a few night hours. You sweep people away like dreams that disappear. They are like grass that springs up in the morning. In the morning it blooms and flourishes, but by evening it is dry and withered. We wither beneath your anger; we are overwhelmed by your fury. You spread out our sins before you—our secret sins—and you see them all. We live our lives beneath your wrath, ending our years with a groan.
Seventy years are given to us! Some even live to eighty. But even the best years are filled with pain and trouble; soon they disappear, and we fly away. Who can comprehend the power of your anger? Your wrath is as awesome as the fear you deserve. Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.
O Lord, come back to us! How long will you delay? Take pity on your servants! Satisfy us each morning with your unfailing love, so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives. Give us gladness in proportion to our former misery! Replace the evil years with good. Let us, your servants, see you work again; let our children see your glory. And may the Lord our God show us his approval and make our efforts successful. Yes, make our efforts successful!
O Lord our God: You have always been our home –
+ in you, we find our settled resting place…
+ in you, we find our comfort and peace…
+ in you, we find our soul’s satisfaction…
+ in you, we find our perfect security…
+ in you, we find compassion and unfailing love…
O Lord our God: You have numbered our days –
+ teach us wisdom and understanding…
+ teach us to rejoice in your loving-kindness…
+ teach us to recognize your power and glory around us…
+ teach us to receive your mercy and forgiveness…
+ teach us to remain in the beauty of your holiness…
O Lord our God: Our lives are hidden with Christ in you; lead us successfully through the brevity, frailty, and sinfulness of life – that we may live with you forever through faith and trust in your Son, Jesus Christ, who lives with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
“Psalm 90” (A Thousand Years) – James Block
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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