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 119:1-176 (NLT) – excerpts
Blessed – Joyful are people of integrity, who follow the instructions of the Lord. Joyful are those who obey his laws and search for him with all their hearts. (vs 1-2)
Righteous – As I learn your righteous regulations, I will thank you by living as I should! I will obey your decrees. Please don’t give up on me! (vs 7-8)
Trustworthy – Lord, give me your unfailing love, the salvation that you promised me. Then I can answer those who taunt me, for I trust in your word. (vs 41-42)
Faithful – All your commands are trustworthy. Protect me from those who hunt me down without cause. They almost finished me off, but I refused to abandon your commandments. In your unfailing love, spare my life; then I can continue to obey your laws. (vs 86-88)
Eternal – Your eternal word, O Lord, stands firm in heaven. Your faithfulness extends to every generation, as enduring as the earth you created. Your regulations remain true to this day, for everything serves your plans. (vs 89-91)
Light – Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path. I’ve promised it once, and I’ll promise it again: I will obey your righteous regulations. (vs 105-106)
Just – O Lord, you are righteous, and your regulations are fair. Your laws are perfect and completely trustworthy. I am overwhelmed with indignation, for my enemies have disregarded your words. Your promises have been thoroughly tested; that is why I love them so much. (vs 137-140)
Hope-filled – You made me; you created me. Now give me the sense to follow your commands. May all who fear you find in me a cause for joy, for I have put my hope in your word. (vs 73-75)
O Lord our God: You have planted your Word in our hearts, that we might not sin against you –
+ grant us joy-filled integrity…
+ grant us persistence in right living…
+ grant us confidence in your unfailing love…
+ grant us deliverance from our enemies…
+ grant us steadfastness in obedience…
+ grant us faithfulness to your guidance…
O Lord our God: You have planted your Word in our hearts, that we might know you, love you, and serve you until our life’s end. In your loving-kindness, grant us grace to abide in you, now and forever, through your Son, Jesus Christ, who lives with you in unity with the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.
“Psalm 119:9-11” – Billy Whitman
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.