Praying the Psalms: Mon, 03 Sep – Psalm 56 ~ God have mercy on me

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.
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Morning Reading: Psalm 56 (NLT)

O God, have mercy on me, for people are hounding me. My foes attack me all day long. I am constantly hounded by those who slander me, and many are boldly attacking me. But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you. I praise God for what he has promised. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me?

They are always twisting what I say; they spend their days plotting to harm me. They come together to spy on me—watching my every step, eager to kill me. Don’t let them get away with their wickedness; in your anger, O God, bring them down.

You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.

My enemies will retreat when I call to you for help. This I know: God is on my side! I praise God for what he has promised; yes, I praise the Lord for what he has promised. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me?

I will fulfill my vows to you, O God, and will offer a sacrifice of thanks for your help. For you have rescued me from death; you have kept my feet from slipping. So now I can walk in your presence, O God, in your life-giving light.
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Morning Prayer

O Lord our God: Have mercy on us in our times trouble, fear, and anxiety –

+ Grant us a new awareness of your Loving-kindness…
+ Strengthen us in the power of your Holy Spirit…
+ Renew us by the transforming agency of your Truth…
+ Free us to love and serve you in the darkest of times…

O Lord our God: You are our ever-present help in times of trouble –

+ You fill us with faith over fear…
+ You fill us with peace and hope…
+ You fill us with courage to face our foes…
+ You fill us with resolve and perseverance…

O Lord our God: We thank you for the good work you have begun in us through faith in your Son, Jesus Christ. Use our present trials and tribulations to perfect our trust in him and to complete your good work in us. We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
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“Psalm 56” – Jason Coghill


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

Praying the Psalms: Sat, 01 Sep – Psalm 55 ~ Oh, that I had wings

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.
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Morning Reading: Psalm 55 (NLT)

Listen to my prayer, O God. Do not ignore my cry for help! Please listen and answer me, for I am overwhelmed by my troubles. My enemies shout at me, making loud and wicked threats. They bring trouble on me and angrily hunt me down.

My heart pounds in my chest. The terror of death assaults me. Fear and trembling overwhelm me, and I can’t stop shaking. Oh, that I had wings like a dove; then I would fly away and rest! I would fly far away to the quiet of the wilderness.

How quickly I would escape—far from this wild storm of hatred.

Confuse them, Lord, and frustrate their plans, for I see violence and conflict in the city. Its walls are patrolled day and night against invaders, but the real danger is wickedness within the city. Everything is falling apart; threats and cheating are rampant in the streets.

It is not an enemy who taunts me—I could bear that. It is not my foes who so arrogantly insult me—I could have hidden from them. Instead, it is you—my equal, my companion and close friend. What good fellowship we once enjoyed as we walked together to the house of God.

Let death stalk my enemies; let the grave swallow them alive, for evil makes its home within them.

But I will call on God, and the Lord will rescue me. Morning, noon, and night I cry out in my distress, and the Lord hears my voice. He ransoms me and keeps me safe from the battle waged against me, though many still oppose me. God, who has ruled forever, will hear me and humble them.

For my enemies refuse to change their ways; they do not fear God.

As for my companion, he betrayed his friends; he broke his promises. His words are as smooth as butter, but in his heart is war. His words are as soothing as lotion, but underneath are daggers!

Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.

But you, O God, will send the wicked down to the pit of destruction. Murderers and liars will die young, but I am trusting you to save me.
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Morning Prayer

O Lord our God: you have appointed a time and place and assigned responsibilities to each one of us – both great and small. Lighten our loads and lift our burdens, especially –

+ For those of us suffering great persecution and hardship…. Lord, have mercy.
+ For those of us experiencing division and disaffection…. Lord, have mercy.
+ For those of us experiencing private sorrows and pain…. Lord, have mercy.
+ For those of us experiencing betrayal and disappointment…. Lord, have mercy.

O Lord our God: we would escape into your loving arms if we could, but our times are in your hands. Hear our prayers and grant us the respite we require that we might trust completely in your loving-kindness and serve you whole-heartedly – we ask in Jesus’ name.
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“Psalm 55” – Lindsey James VanCleve


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

Praying the Psalms: Fri, 31 Aug – Psalm 54 ~ The Lord keeps me alive!

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.
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Morning Reading: Psalm 54 (NLT)

Come with great power, O God, and rescue me! Defend me with your might. Listen to my prayer, O God. Pay attention to my plea. For strangers are attacking me; violent people are trying to kill me. They care nothing for God.

But God is my helper. The Lord keeps me alive! May the evil plans of my enemies be turned against them. Do as you promised and put an end to them.

I will sacrifice a voluntary offering to you; I will praise your name, O Lord, for it is good. For you have rescued me from my troubles and helped me to triumph over my enemies.
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Morning Prayer

O Lord our God: save us in these perilous times; for you alone rule over our age, you alone have the power to thwart our enemies and sustain our lives –

+ Danger surrounds us at every turn – our minds, our hearts, our souls are at risk…. Lord, save us!
+ You, O Lord, are our helper – give us the courage to stay the course with confidence…. Lord, save us!
+ Draw us ever closer to you – make your will our will, and keep our sights on your ultimate judgement and victory…. Lord, save us!

O Lord our God: to you belong our worship and praise – in times of struggle and times of rest. Accept our sacrifice of praise offered from grateful hearts and tempered by the saving grace of your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
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“Psalm 54” (The Lord Upholds My Life) – Greg Mailloux


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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, 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!

Praying the Psalms: Thu, 30 Aug – Psalm 53 ~ only fools are atheists

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.
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Morning Reading: Psalm 53 (NLT)

Only fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, and their actions are evil; not one of them does good!

God looks down from heaven on the entire human race; he looks to see if anyone is truly wise, if anyone seeks God. But no, all have turned away; all have become corrupt. No one does good, not a single one!

Will those who do evil never learn? They eat up my people like bread and wouldn’t think of praying to God. Terror will grip them, terror like they have never known before. God will scatter the bones of your enemies. You will put them to shame, for God has rejected them.

Who will come from Mount Zion to rescue Israel? When God restores his people, Jacob will shout with joy, and Israel will rejoice.
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Morning Prayer

O Lord our God: you made the world and everything in it and, through your creation, you displayed your invisible qualities – your eternal power and divine nature. Humankind is without excuse; only fools and sinful, wicked people deny this essential truth –

+ Protect us from the folly of wicked people who deny you…
+ Protect us from the folly of life without your controlling moral authority…
+ Protect us from the folly of meaninglessness and despair without hope of redemption…

O Lord our God: you are the Rewarder of all who diligently seek you. And you have given us your Son, Jesus Christ, to lead us by faith along the path of godliness –

+  Give us the wisdom to trust him to satisfy the deep longing of our souls…
+ Give us the wisdom to permit his Word and Spirit to govern us in holiness, justice, and goodness…
+ Give us the wisdom to rest in his promises and rely on his mercy and loving-kindness…
+ Give us the wisdom to live in his power and strength and bear witness to you, the Triune God – Father, Son and Spirit – One God for ever and ever…

O Lord our God: restore all your people through your Son, Jesus Christ, and give us the patience to wait for his victorious return when the kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign for ever and ever. Amen.
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“Psalm 53” – chris kopko


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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, 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!

Praying the Psalms: Wed, 29 Aug – Psalm 52 ~ Why do you boast about your crimes?

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.
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Morning Reading: Psalm 52 (NLT)

Why do you boast about your crimes, great warrior? Don’t you realize God’s justice continues forever? All day long you plot destruction. Your tongue cuts like a sharp razor; you’re an expert at telling lies. You love evil more than good and lies more than truth.

You love to destroy others with your words, you liar! But God will strike you down once and for all. He will pull you from your home and uproot you from the land of the living.

The righteous will see it and be amazed. They will laugh and say, “Look what happens to mighty warriors who do not trust in God. They trust their wealth instead and grow more and more bold in their wickedness.”

But I am like an olive tree, thriving in the house of God. I will always trust in God’s unfailing love. I will praise you forever, O God, for what you have done. I will trust in your good name in the presence of your faithful people.
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Morning Prayer

O Lord our God: help us make sense out of the chaos in our country and the betrayal of our common values –

+ Deliver us from odious, deceitful, people with malice in their hearts and hatred on their lips…
+ Unmask their treachery and evil-doing; expose them and put them to public shame, and may their efforts come to nothing…

O Lord our God: righteousness and justice are in your hands –

+ May truth prevail over lies and deceit…
+ May the deadly wages of sin be realized in our time…
+ May the godly receive your blessing, now and for ever…

O Lord our God: we place our faith and trust in the Holy One of Israel, your Son, Jesus Christ, rejoicing in his love and hoping forever in his mercy and grace. Amen.
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“Psalm 52” (Vancover Riots, 2011) – Sons of Korah


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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, 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!