Morning Prayer: Wednesday 30 Sep 2020 – Psalms (49) and Proverbs (30) ~ But God shall deliver my soul.

Morning Prayer, Wednesday, 30 Sep 2020

+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Opening:

O merciful Lord, grant to your faithful people pardon and peace,
that we may be cleansed from all our sins and serve you with a quiet mind;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

“God shall save me from the power of death,
for he shall deliver my soul.”

(Psalm 49:16)

Preparation:

 Holy Spirit, breath of God and fire of love, I cannot pray without your aid: Kindle in me the fire of your love, and illumine me with your light; that with a steadfast will and holy thoughts I may approach the Father in spirit and in truth; through Jesus Christ my Lord, who reigns with you and the Father in eternal union. Amen.

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The New Cloverdale Psalter (2019 Update of 1535 Original

Psalm 49

Don’t Depend on Wealth

1 Hear this, all you peoples; *
ponder it with your ears, all who dwell in the world,
2 High and low, rich and poor, *
everyone with his neighbor.
3 My mouth shall speak of wisdom, *
and my heart shall muse on understanding.
4 I will incline my ear to a parable, *
and declare my dark sayings with the harp.

5 Why should I fear in the days of wickedness, *
and when the wicked at my heels encompass me round about?
6 There are some who put their trust in their goods, *
and boast in the multitude of their riches.
7 But no one can deliver his brother, *
nor pay unto God a price for him;
8 For it is so costly to redeem their souls, *
that we should never have enough to pay it,
9 So that they should live for ever, *
and should not see the grave.

10 For we see that wise men die, as well as the ignorant and foolish; *
they perish alike and leave their riches for others.
11 And yet they think that their houses shall continue for ever, and that their dwelling places shall endure
from one generation to another, *
and they call lands after their own names.
12 Man is like an ox that has no understanding; *
he is like the beasts that perish.

13 This is the way of their foolishness, *
yet their posterity praise their sayings.
14 Like sheep they are appointed to die, and death shall be their shepherd; *
they shall go down straight into the sepulcher.
15 Their beauty shall consume away in the grave, *
which shall be their dwelling place for ever.
16 But God shall save me from the power of death, *
for he shall deliver my soul.

17 Be not envious if one is made rich, *
or if the glory of his house is increased,
18 For he shall carry nothing away with him when he dies, *
neither shall his glory follow him.
19 For while he lived, he counted himself happy, *
and so long as he did well for himself, people spoke well of him.
20 He shall follow the generation of his fathers *
and shall never see the light.
21 Those who are honored but have no understanding *
are like the beasts that perish.

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“Psalm 49 – to St Dunstan (The Psalms Sung)

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Contemporary English Version (CEV)

Proverbs 30 (The Sayings of Agur son of Jakeh.)

5 Everything God says is true—
and it’s a shield for all
who come to him for safety.

7 There are two things, Lord,
I want you to do for me
before I die:
8 Make me absolutely honest
and don’t let me be too poor
or too rich.
Give me just what I need.
9 If I have too much to eat,
I might forget about you;
if I don’t have enough,
I might steal
and disgrace your name.

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Consider:

“But God shall save me from the power of death,
for he shall deliver my soul.”
(Psalm 49:16)

“But God shall deliver my soul.”

Everybody dies in the end – both rich and poor, wise man and fool, faithful and infidel.

“Death is the shepherd of the infidel. Life (i.e., Christ) is the Shepherd of the faithful.”

—Augustine

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No redemption could man find in riches, but God has found it in the blood of his dear Son. Our Elder Brother has given to God a ransom, and we are the redeemed of the Lord: because of this redemption by price we shall assuredly be redeemed by power out of the hand of the last enemy.

—Spurgeon

1. Return to the dust I shall.

2. Redeem from the dust he will.

3. Receive into heaven he will.

4. Rejoice for ever I shall.

Prayer:

+ For All Faithful Departed

Almighty God, with whom the souls of the faithful who have departed this life are in joy and felicity : We praise and magnify your holy Name for all your servants who have finished their course in your faith and fear; and we most humbly pray that, at the day of resurrection, we and all who are members of the mystical body of your Son may be set on his right hand, and hear his most joyful voice: “Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” Grant this, O merciful Father, for the sake of Jesus Christ, our only Mediator and Advocate. Amen.

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“Be Thou My Vision” – Selah

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Blessing:

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you.
May He guide you through the wilderness, 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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