Morning Prayer: Saturday,14 Nov 2020 – Psalms (118,117) and Proverbs (14) ~ His loving-kindness is forever!

Morning Prayer: Saturday, 14 Nov 2020

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

Opening:

O God, whose blessed Son came into the world that he might destroy the works of the devil and make us children of God and heirs of eternal life: Grant that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves as he is pure; that, when he comes again with power and great glory, we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

“Give thanks unto the LORD, for he is gracious; his mercy endures for ever.
Indeed, let those who fear the LORD confess
that his mercy endures for ever.”
(Psalm 118:1,4)

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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“Psalm 118” (Salvation) – Teshuva Music

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The New Cloverdale Psalter (2019 Update of 1535 Original

“Psalm 118”

1 Give thanks unto the LORD, for he is gracious; *
his mercy endures for ever.

2 Let Israel now confess that he is gracious, *
that his mercy endures for ever.
3 Let the house of Aaron now confess *
that his mercy endures for ever.
4 Indeed, let those who fear the LORD confess *
that his mercy endures for ever.

5 I called upon the LORD in trouble, *
and the LORD heard me and set me free.
6 The LORD is on my side; *
I will not fear what man can do to me.
7 The LORD takes my side with those who help me; *
therefore shall I look in triumph on my enemies.
8 It is better to trust in the LORD *
than to put any confidence in man.
9 It is better to trust in the LORD *
than to put any confidence in princes.

10 All the nations encompass me, *
but in the Name of the LORD will I cut them off.
11 They hem me in on every side; indeed, they hem me in on every side, *
but in the Name of the LORD will I cut them off.
12 They come about me like bees, and blaze like fire among the thorns, *
but in the Name of the LORD will I cut them off.
13 I was thrust aside so that I almost fell, *
but the LORD was my help.
14 The LORD is my strength and my song, *
and has become my salvation.
15 The voice of joy and deliverance is in the dwellings of the righteous; *
the right hand of the LORD brings mighty things to pass.
16 The right hand of the LORD is exalted; *
the right hand of the LORD brings mighty things to pass.
17 I shall not die, but live, *
and declare the works of the LORD.
18 The LORD has chastened and corrected me, *
but he has not given me over to death.

19 Open unto me the gates of righteousness, *
that I may go into them, and give thanks unto the LORD.
20 This is the gate of the LORD; *
the righteous shall enter into it.
21 I will thank you, for you have heard me, *
and have become my salvation.

22 The same stone which the builders refused *
has become the chief cornerstone.
23 This is the LORD’s doing, *
and it is marvelous in our eyes.
24 This is the day that the LORD has made; *
we will rejoice and be glad in it.
25 Help me now, O LORD; *
O LORD, send us now prosperity.
26 Blessed is he who comes in the Name of the LORD; *
we bless you from the house of the LORD.
27 God is the LORD, who has shown us light; *
bind the sacrifice with cords, even to the horns of the altar.
28 You are my God, and I will thank you; *
you are my God, and I will exalt you.

29 O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is gracious; *
his mercy endures for ever.

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Proverbs (14)  (The Wisdom of Solomon)

26 Those who fear the Lord are secure;
he will be a refuge for their children.

27 Fear of the Lord is a life-giving fountain;
it offers escape from the snares of death.

34 Godliness makes a nation great,
but sin is a disgrace to any people.

Consider:

“Give thanks unto the LORD, for he is gracious; his mercy endures for ever.
Indeed, let those who fear the LORD confess
that his mercy endures for ever.”
(Psalm 118:1,4)

The LORD is good (gracious)

The LORD’s goodness is his essence and nature, and therefore he is always to be praised whether we are receiving anything from him or not.

  •  When others behave badly to us, it should only stir us up the more heartily to give thanks unto the Lord because he is good.
  • When we ourselves are conscious that we are far from being good, we should only the more reverently bless him that “he is good.”

We must never tolerate an instant’s unbelief as to the goodness of the Lord; whatever else may be questionable, this is absolutely certain, that Jehovah is good; his dispensations may vary, but his nature is always the same, and always good.

The LORD’s is merciful forever

Mercy is a great part of his goodness, and one which more concerns us than any other, for we are sinners and have need of his mercy.

  • Notwithstanding our sins, our trials, our fears, his mercy endures for ever.
  • The best of earthly joys pass away, and even the world itself grows old and hastens to decay, but there is no change in the mercy of God;
  • God was faithful to our forefathers, he is merciful to us, and will be gracious to our children and our children’s children.

__ Spurgeon

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Prayer:

+ Almighty God, you have not dealt with us according to our sins, nor rewarded us according to our iniquities; grant that we, who for our evil deeds deserve to be punished, by the might of your grace may mercifully be relieved; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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” Psalm 117″ (All The Nations) – Teshuva – Hallel

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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.

Morning Prayer: Wednesday 14 Oct 2020 – Psalms (67) and Proverbs (14) ~ let all the nations praise you

Morning Prayer, Wednesday, 14 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.

“Let the peoples praise you, O God; *
let all the peoples praise you.
Then shall the earth bring forth her increase, *
and God, even our own God, shall give us his blessing.”

(Psalm 67:5-6)

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 67

1 May God be merciful unto us, and bless us, *
and show us the light of his countenance, and be merciful unto us.

2 Let your way be known upon earth, *
your saving health among all nations.
3 Let the peoples praise you, O God; *
indeed, let all the peoples praise you.
4 O let the nations rejoice and be glad, *
for you shall judge the peoples righteously, and govern the nations upon earth.

5 Let the peoples praise you, O God; *
let all the peoples praise you.
6 Then shall the earth bring forth her increase, *
and God, even our own God, shall give us his blessing.
7 God shall bless us, *
and all the ends of the world shall fear him.

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“Psalm 67” – A Song for All Peoples – Steven Faux (Ugandan dancing)

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New Living Translation (NLT)

Proverbs 14 (The proverbs of Solomon)

34 Godliness makes a nation great,
but sin is a disgrace to any people.

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Consider:

“Let the peoples praise you, O God; *
let all the peoples praise you.
Then shall the earth bring forth her increase, *
and God, even our own God, shall give us his blessing.”

(Psalm 67:5-6)

Let all the peoples praise you, O God

There will be a time “when the nations (all the peoples) shall be converted and brought to praise God…. They will call God their God.

__ Matthew Henry

Nations never will be glad till they follow the leadership of the great Shepherd; they may shift their modes of government from monarchies to republics, and from republics to communes, but they will retain their wretchedness till they bow before the Lord of all…. Whole nations will do this when Jesus reigns over them in the power of his grace.

__ Spurgeon

Then…   God shall give us his blessing

  • There are a people in the world that can, upon good grounds, call God their God.
  • Believers have reason to glory in their relation to God and the interest they have in him.
  • Those who through grace call God their own may with a humble confidence expect a blessing from him.
  • If he be our God, he will bless us with special blessings.

The blessing of God, as ours in covenant, is that which sweetens all our creature-comforts to us, and makes them comforts indeed; then we receive the increase of the earth as a mercy indeed when with it God, even our own God, gives us his blessing.

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Q: Does your nation claim God as “their God?” On what grounds?

Q: Would you describe your nation as being Judeo-Christian?

Q: What role does Christ have in your nation’s claims/identity?

Q: What is the dominant religious orientation in your nation?

Q: How is it all working out?

Prayer:

+ For the Church Universal

Gracious Father, we pray for your holy Church around the World. Fill it with all truth, in all truth with all peace. Where it is corrupt, purify it; where it is in error, direct it; where in anything it is amiss, reform it. Where it is right, strengthen it; where it is in want, provide for it; where it is divided, reunite it; for the sake of Jesus Christ your Son our Savior. Amen.

+ For Peace in the World

Almighty God, from whom all thoughts of truth and peace proceed: Kindle, we pray, in the hearts of all people the true love of peace, and guide with your pure and peaceable wisdom those who take counsel for the nations of the earth; that in tranquility your kingdom may go forward, till the earth is filled with the knowledge of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

+ For the United States of America

Almighty God, who has given us this good land for our heritage: We humbly pray that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of your favor and glad to do your will.

Bless this land with honorable industry, sound learning, and pure conduct. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; pride and arrogance, and from every evil way.  Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought here from many kindreds and tongues.

Grant the spirit of wisdom to those whom, in your Name, we entrust with the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that, through obedience to your law, we may show forth your praise among the nations of the earth.

In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, preserve our trust in you; all of which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

+ For Mercy

Almighty God, you have not dealt with us according to our sins, nor rewarded us according to our iniquities; grant that we, who for our evil deeds deserve to be punished, by the might of your grace may mercifully be relieved; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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“Doxology”  – Alton Eugene – Maverick City Music

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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.

Morning Prayer: 14 Jun – Proverbs 14:10, 13 ~ only God truly understands

Peanut Gallery: During the month of June we are reading through the Book of Proverbs, one chapter per day. “Growing in Character” is the theme; each day we will look for practical advice on living a wise and godly life in this present age.

I recommend that you begin by reading through the entire chapter for the day yourself (a link will be included, see below.) There is something for everyone in the Book of Proverbs. I will focus on what speaks to me in the chapter and follow that theme for the day. But the verse that speaks to me, on any particular day, may be different from the wisdom God has for you… and you don’t want to miss out.

Growing in Character: Proverbs 14

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

Opening sentence and prayer

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.
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Open my eyes, Lord, to see the wonderful truths in your instructions. Psalm 119:18 (NLT)
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A reading from Proverbs: Proverbs 14:10, 13 (NLT)

solitude

Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can fully share its joy.
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Laughter can conceal a heavy heart, but when the laughter ends, the grief remains.
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A reading from the Letters: 1 Corinthians 2:11 (NLT)

No one can know a person’s thoughts except that person’s own spirit….
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A reading from the Gospels: Matthew 5:4 (MSG)

“You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.”

Reflection:

alone_in_the_crowd_by_cunny1988

A striking expression of the ultimate solitude of each man‘s soul at all times, and not merely at the hour of death. Something there is in every sorrow, and in every joy, which no one else can share. Beyond that range it is well to remember that there is a Divine Sympathy, uniting perfect knowledge and perfect love. (Barnes’ Notes on the Whole Bible)
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“You cannot completely know your fellow-man. Every man is, in a measure, self-contained. Alone are we born, one by one; alone do we die, one by one. It is not surprising that we must be, in a measure, unknown to others, since we do not even fully know ourselves. There are points of individuality in each man which render him distinct from every other. Men in their highest and deepest conditions are remarkably secretive. The extreme heights and depths lie in darkness. Learn, then, that we may not judge our brethren as though we understood them, and were competent to give a verdict upon them. If we desire to show sympathy to our brethren, let us not dream that this is an easy task…. We all need sympathy, and there is but One who can fully give it to us.” (Man unknown to man – Author unknown)
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Canticle

Christ, as a light illumine and guide me. Christ, as a shield overshadow me. Christ under me; Christ over me; Christ beside me on my left and my right.

This day be within and without me, lowly and meek, yet all-powerful. Be in the heart of each to whom I speak; in the mouth of each who speaks unto me. This day be within and without me, lowly and meek, yet all-powerful.

Christ as a light; Christ as a shield; Christ beside me on my left and my right.

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.

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