Morning Prayer: Monday 12 Oct 2020 – Psalms (64) and Proverbs (12) ~ hear my voice, O God

Morning Prayer, Monday, 12 Oct 2020

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

Opening:

God of goodness and kindness, you invite all peoples to the banquet and offer them a feast beyond compare. Give us your saving grace to keep unstained the robe of our baptism until that day when you welcome us to heaven’s joyful table. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.

“Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer; *
preserve my life from fear of the enemy.”

“7 But God shall suddenly shoot at them with a swift arrow, *
and they shall be wounded.”

And all shall fear and tell what God has done, *
for they shall perceive that it is his work.
(Psalm 64:1,7,9)

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 64

1 Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer; *
preserve my life from fear of the enemy.
2 Hide me from the gathering together of the wicked, *
and from the tumult of evildoers,
3 Who have whet their tongue like a sword, *
and shoot out their arrows, even bitter words,
4 That they may secretly shoot at the one who is blameless; *
suddenly do they shoot him, and fear not.
5 They hold fast to their evil purpose, *
and discuss among themselves how they may lay snares, and say that no one shall see them.
6 They imagine wickedness, and practice a cunning plot; *
for the human heart and mind are very deep.

7 But God shall suddenly shoot at them with a swift arrow, *
and they shall be wounded.
8 Indeed, their own tongues shall make them fall, *
so that all who see them shall laugh them to scorn.
9 And all shall fear and tell what God has done, *
for they shall perceive that it is his work.
10 The righteous shall rejoice in the LORD and put their trust in him, *
and all who are true of heart shall be glad

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“Psalm 64”  – Smokie Norful

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New Living Translation (NLT)

Proverbs 12 (The proverbs of Solomon)

5 The plans of the godly are just;
the advice of the wicked is treacherous.

6 The words of the wicked are like a murderous ambush,
but the words of the godly save lives.

7 The wicked die and disappear,
but the family of the godly stands firm.

13 The wicked are trapped by their own words,
but the godly escape such trouble.

20 Deceit fills hearts that are plotting evil;
joy fills hearts that are planning peace!

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Consider:

“Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer; *
preserve my life from fear of the enemy.”

“7 But God shall suddenly shoot at them with a swift arrow, *
and they shall be wounded.”

And all shall fear and tell what God has done, *
for they shall perceive that it is his work.
(Psalm 64:1,7,9)

the enemy – duplicitous and deadly

+ they conspire secretly, to entrap him and slander him
+ they lie maliciously, to wound him and ruin his reputation
+ they wait in ambush, to surprise him and attack him
+ they encourage each other in their wickedness
+ they conceal their true intent with lies and deceit

” Diligently they consider, invent, devise, and seek for wicked plans to wreak their malice. These are no common villains, but explorers in iniquity, inventors and concoctors of evil.”
__ Spurgeon

God’s intervention – sudden and devastating

+ their slander shall recoil.
+ their curses shall come home to roost.
+ their tongue shall cut their throats.
+ their punishment shall be made public
+ their friends shall abandon them

They were looking to surprise the saint, but, lo! they are taken at unawares themselves; they desired to inflict deadly wounds, and are smitten themselves with wounds which none can heal…. Those who crowded around a powerful persecutor, and cringed at his feet, are among the first to desert him in the day of wrath.
__ Spurgeon

fear and rejoicing – God’s justice

All shall be filled with awe by the just judgments of God…. It shall become the subject of general conversation. So strange, so pointed, so terrible shall be the Lord’s overthrow of the malicious, that it shall be spoken of in all companies… so that even the most illiterate can understand.

The victory of the oppressed shall be the victory of all upright men; the whole host of the elect shall rejoice in the triumph of virtue. While strangers fear, the children are glad in view of their Father’s power and justice. That which alarms the evil, cheers the good. Lord God of mercy, grant to us to be preserved from all our enemies, and saved in thy Son with an everlasting salvation.
__ Spurgeon

Q: Will we watch this psalm be enacted during the confirmation hearings of Amy Coney Barrett?

Q: Will God intervene on her behalf and turn the tables on her persecutors?

Q: Who will come to her defense? We’ll see, as the next few weeks unfold.

Prayer:

+ For the U.S Congress

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, send down on those who hold public office in the U.S. Congress, the spirit of wisdom, charity, and justice; that with steadfast purpose they may faithfully serve in their offices to promote the well-being of all people; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

+ For the U.S. Supreme Court

Almighty God, you sit on your throne giving righteous judgment: We humbly ask you to bless the U.S. Supreme Court; give the justices a spirit of wisdom and understanding, that fearing no power but yours alone, they may discern the truth and impartially administer the law; through him who shall come to be our Judge, your Son our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

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“See A Victory” – Elevation Worship

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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.



Categories: Life around the World, Life in America, Life in Christ, Life in Our Family

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