Morning Prayer: Thursday 08 Oct 2020 – Psalms (61) and Proverbs (08) ~ lead me to the rock

Morning Prayer, Thursday, 08 Oct 2020

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

Opening:

Keep, O Lord, your household the Church in continual godliness,
that through your protection it may be free from all adversities,
and devoutly serve you in good works, to the glory of your Name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

“O set me upon the rock that is higher than I,
for you have been my refuge and a strong tower for me against the enemy.
Let me dwell in your tabernacle for ever,
and my refuge shall be under the covering of your wings.”
(Psalm 61:3-4)

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 61

1 Hear my cry, O God; *
give ear unto my prayer.

2 From the ends of the earth I will call upon you *
when my heart is in heaviness.

3 O set me upon the rock that is higher than I, *
for you have been my refuge and a strong tower for me against the enemy.

4 Let me dwell in your tabernacle for ever, *
and my refuge shall be under the covering of your wings.

5 For you, O God, have heard my vows, *
and have given a heritage to those who fear your Name.

6 You shall grant the king a long life, *
that his years may endure throughout all generations.

7 His throne shall abide before God for ever; *
O prepare your loving mercy and faithfulness, that they may preserve him.

8 So will I always sing praise unto your Name, *
that I may daily perform my vows.

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“Psalm 61” (Lead Me To The Rock) – David Baloche

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New Living Translation (NLT)

Proverbs 08 (The proverbs of Solomon)

6 Listen to me! For I have important things to tell you.
Everything I say is right,
7 for I speak the truth
and detest every kind of deception.

8 My advice is wholesome.
There is nothing devious or crooked in it.

12 “I, Wisdom, live together with good judgment.
I know where to discover knowledge and discernment.

13 All who fear the Lord will hate evil.
Therefore, I hate pride and arrogance,
corruption and perverse speech.

14 Common sense and success belong to me.
Insight and strength are mine.

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Consider:

“O set me upon the rock that is higher than I,
for you have been my refuge and a strong tower for me against the enemy.
Let me dwell in your tabernacle for ever,
and my refuge shall be under the covering of your wings.”
(Psalm 61:3-4)

“O set me upon the rock that is higher than I”

If we would find ourselves upon the rock, and enjoy the realization of being so, we must be dependent upon another’s hand. And that hand can do everything for us, even in our worst of times. When we are so blinded by the salt waves that dash in our eyes, so reeling in brain that we perhaps cannot think, much less make continuous efforts, there is a hand which can lead us, which can draw us out of the waters, which can set our feet upon the rock.

—Philip Bennett Power.

“The Rock” is Christ: He is “higher than we.”
And except as he is higher – as he is God – he could not be our Savior.

“Let me dwell in your tabernacle for ever”

The best of all is that our residence with God is not for a limited period of time, but for ages; yes, for ages of ages, for time and for eternity: this is our highest and most heavenly privilege, “I will abide in your tabernacle for ever.”

There would I find a settled rest,
While others go and come;
No more a stranger or a guest,
But like a child at home.

—Spurgeon

Prayer:

+ Holy Spirit, lead me to Jesus; bring me a friend who can help place my hand in His.

+ Holy Spirit, lead me to believers who can help me live securely in His presence.

+ Lord Jesus, hold me close to your heart and grant me your peace and rest.

+ O God of peace, who has taught me that in returning and rest I shall be saved, in quietness and in confidence shall be my strength: By the might of your Spirit lift me, I pray, to your presence, where I may be still and know that you are God; through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.

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“A Mighty Fortress is our God” – T4G Live

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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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