Praying the Psalms: Sat, 20 Oct – Psalm 97 ~ The Lord is king! Let the earth rejoice!

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 97 (NLT)

The Lord is king! Let the earth rejoice! Let the farthest coastlands be glad.

Dark clouds surround him. Righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne. Fire spreads ahead of him and burns up all his foes. His lightning flashes out across the world. The earth sees and trembles. The mountains melt like wax before the Lord, before the Lord of all the earth. The heavens proclaim his righteousness; every nation sees his glory. Those who worship idols are disgraced—all who brag about their worthless gods—for every god must bow to him. Jerusalem has heard and rejoiced, and all the towns of Judah are glad because of your justice, O Lord! For you, O Lord, are supreme over all the earth; you are exalted far above all gods.

You who love the Lord, hate evil! He protects the lives of his godly people and rescues them from the power of the wicked. Light shines on the godly, and joy on those whose hearts are right. May all who are godly rejoice in the Lord and praise his holy name!

Morning Prayer

O Lord our God: You are the High King of heaven and earth, over every tribe and nation, in every age the same –

+ the whole earth rejoices, even to its uttermost parts and scattered islands…
+ the whole earth displays your majesty and power in the lightning and thunder…
+ the whole earth awaits your righteousness and justice to be administered…

O Lord our God: In your Son, Jesus Christ, your Kingdom is “at hand,” and we declare “he reigns” –

+ subdue your enemies and purveyors of evil, now and forever…
+ silence the voices of deceivers and unbelievers, now and forever…
+ sustain your people to grow in purity and godliness, now and forever…

O Lord our God: Pour out your Spirit on your people, that we might live joyfully and fearlessly in the power of Jesus’ victory over sin and death, now and forever, for your Name’s sake. Amen.

“Psalm 97” (The Lord reigns) – Jason Coghill


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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