Morning Prayer: Thursday 15 Oct 2020 – Psalms (75) and Proverbs (15) ~ God is the Judge!

Morning Prayer, Thursday, 15 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.

5 I say to the proud, ‘You should not boast!’ *
8 For it is God who is the Judge; *
he puts down one and lifts up another.

(Psalm 75)

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 75

1 Unto you, O God, do we give thanks; *
indeed, unto you do we give thanks.

2 Those who call upon your Name *
declare your wondrous works.
3 “Surely at the time which I appoint, *
I, the Lord, will judge according to what is right.
4 The earth shakes with fear, and all that dwell therein; *
but I, even I, have made firm its pillars.

5 I say to the proud, ‘You should not boast!’ *
And to the ungodly, ‘Do not lift up your horn!
6 Do not lift up your horn on high, *
nor speak with a stiff neck.’”
7 For help comes neither from the east nor from the west, *
nor yet from the wilderness or the mountains.
8 For it is God who is the Judge; *
he puts down one and lifts up another.
9 For in the hand of the LORD there is a cup, and the wine is foaming; *
it is fully mixed, and he pours it out.
10 As for the dregs of it, *
all the ungodly of the earth shall drink them and drain them out.

11 But I will magnify the God of Jacob *
and praise him for ever and ever.
12 All the horns of the ungodly will I break, *
but the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.

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 Psalm 75 (Unto Thee) – Jessi Colter

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New Living Translation (NLT)

Proverbs 15 (The proverbs of Solomon)

1 A gentle answer deflects anger,
but harsh words make tempers flare.

2 The tongue of the wise makes knowledge appealing,
but the mouth of a fool belches out foolishness.

3 The Lord is watching everywhere,
keeping his eye on both the evil and the good.

33 Fear of the Lord teaches wisdom;
humility precedes honor.

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Consider:

5 I say to the proud, ‘You should not boast!’ *
8 For it is God who is the Judge; *
he puts down one and lifts up another.
(Psalm 75)

I say to the proud, ‘You should not boast!’

The Lord bids the boasters boast not, and commands the mad oppressors to stay their folly. How calm is he, how quiet are his words, yet how divine the rebuke. If the wicked were not insane, they would even now hear in their consciences the still small voice bidding them cease from evil, and forbear their pride.

Would to God that all proud men would obey the word here given them; for, if they do not, he will take effectual means to secure obedience, and then woe will come upon them….

—Spurgeon

For it is God who is the Judge

Even now he is actually judging. His seat is not vacant; his authority is not abdicated; the Lord reigns evermore…. Empires rise and fall at his bidding. A dungeon here, and there a throne, his will assigns.

—Spurgeon

When nations or individuals are prosperous, and glorious, and powerful, they usually ascribe all to themselves or to fortune. But it is God who has raised them to eminence. When they boast he can humble them. In these verses God is considered as the governor of the world, punishing the wicked, and pouring out judgment on his enemies. The calamities of war, pestilence, and famine, are all ministers of providence to execute wrath.

—Alexander Carson.

God puts down one and lifts up another.

Q: What do you think God is saying to the world through the COVID pandemic?

Q: What is God saying to your tribe or nation?

Q: What is God saying to you?

Prayer:

+ For the Church Universal

Gracious Father, we pray for your holy Catholic Church. 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 a Spirit of Evangelism

Almighty God our Savior, you desire that none should perish, and you have taught us through your Son that there is great joy in heaven over every sinner who repents: Grant that our hearts may ache for a lost and broken world. May your Holy Spirit work through our words, deeds, and prayers, that the lost may be found and the dead made alive, and that all your redeemed may rejoice around your throne; 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.

+ For the Coming of God’s Kingdom

Hasten, O Father, the coming of your kingdom; and grant that we your servants, who now live by faith, may with joy behold your Son at his coming in glorious majesty; even Jesus Christ, our only Mediator and Advocate. Amen

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“Genevan Psalm 75”  – Kent Dykstra (Praise Him With Stringed Instruments)

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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 16 Sep 2020 – Psalms (16) and Proverbs (15) ~ In God I trust!

Morning Prayer, Wednesday, 16 Sep 2020

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

Opening:

Gracious God: without You I am unable to please You.
Mercifully grant that Your Holy Spirit may rule and direct my heart in all things;
through Jesus Christ my Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

O my soul, you have said unto the LORD,
“You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.” (Psalm 16:2)

Preparation:

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of my heart by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that I may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ my Lord. Amen.

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The New Cloverdale Psalter (2019 Update of 1535 Original

Psalm 16

1 Preserve me, O God, *
for in you have I put my trust.

2 O my soul, you have said unto the LORD, *
“You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.”

3 All my delight is upon the saints who are on the earth, *
and upon those who excel in virtue.

4 But those who run after another god *
shall have great trouble.

5 Their drink offerings of blood I will not offer, *
neither make mention of their names with my lips.

6 The LORD himself is the portion of my inheritance and of my cup; *
you shall maintain my lot.

7 The boundaries have fallen for me in pleasant places; *
indeed, I have a goodly heritage.

8 I will thank the LORD for giving me counsel; *
my heart also chastens me in the night season.

9 I have set the LORD always before me; *
he is at my right hand; therefore I shall not fall.

10 Therefore my heart is glad and my soul rejoices. *
My flesh also shall rest in hope.

11 For you shall not leave my soul in the grave, *
neither shall you allow your Holy One to see corruption.

12 You shall show me the path of life; in your presence is the fullness of joy, *
and at your right hand there is pleasure for evermore.

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Psalm 16 (Fullness of oy  – Shane and Shane

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Contemporary English Version (CEV)

Proverbs 15

More Wisdom from Solomon

3 The Lord sees everything,
whether good or bad.

11 If the Lord can see everything
in the world of the dead,
he can see in our hearts.

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Consider: “In God I trust!” (Psalm 16)

Q: What does it mean to trust in God – to be devoted entirely to God’s care?

  1. Protection – God watches over me to keep me safe.
  2. Dependence – God alone is my provider and sustainer.
  3. Faithfulness – God alone is my Master and Lord.
  4. Community – I am connected to other believers.
  5. Heritage – I am a beloved child of God; He knows my name.
  6. Inheritance – I am a blessed child of God, satisfied and content.
  7. Life – I can rejoice now and forever in eternity.

Q: Can you say: “You are my Lord; I trust in You?”

Prayer:

For a Child at Baptism

Watch over your child, O Lord, as his days increase; bless him and guide him, and keep him unspotted from the world. Strengthen him when he stands; comfort him when discouraged or sorrowful; raise him up if he falls; and in his heart may your peace which passes understanding abide all the days of his life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Of Self-dedication (William Temple)

Almighty and eternal God, so draw our hearts to you, so guide our minds, so fill our imaginations, so control our wills, that we may be wholly yours, utterly dedicated to you; and then use us, we pray, as you will, and always to your glory and the welfare of your people; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

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(He knows my name) – Dani Driggs

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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.

Reading, Reflection & Prayer: Wed, 26 July – Proverbs 15 ~ on gentleness, thoughtfulness and happiness

Reading, Reflection & Prayer

+ 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.

Please Read: Proverbs 15 (NLT) – click here

Reflection & Prayer

On Gentleness

Proverbs 15:1 (NLT)A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.

Heavenly Father: Fill me with your Spirit and produce in me the gentleness and kindness of Christ Jesus my Lord.

+ that I may speak words of truth and life to those around me
+ that I may speak words of healing and peace to those in conflict
+ that I may persevere in the pursuit of godly living with faith and love

On Thoughtfulness

Proverbs 15:28 (NLT)The heart of the godly thinks carefully before speaking; the mouth of the wicked overflows with evil words.

Heavenly Father: You alone are the source of all wisdom; teach me how to live a disciplined, godly life, and to do what is right and just and fair.

+ that I may offer good advice and encourage others to grow in knowledge and understanding
+ that I may encourage my children and grandchildren to live sensible, responsible, godly lives
+ that I may humbly receive advice and correction; and say the right thing at the right time

On Happiness

Proverbs 15: 15 (NLT)For the despondent, every day brings trouble; for the happy heart, life is a continual feast.

Heavenly Father: You are the source of my hope through Christ Jesus my Lord; fill me with goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

+ that I may be content in all circumstances with what I have, and live my life with a happy heart
+ that I may overflow with confident hope, lifting the spirits of others and encouraging them in love
+ that I may grow in godliness and live in your presence – in harmony with others and at peace with you, my God

Through Christ Jesus my Lord, who lives in unity with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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“Kindness” – Chris Tomlin

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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!

Morning Prayer: 15 Jun – Proverbs 15:1, 4, 18, 23, 28 ~ on gentle words

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 15

+ 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 15:1, 4, 18, 23, 28 (NLT)

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A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.
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Gentle words are a tree of life; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.
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A hot-tempered person starts fights; a cool-tempered person stops them.
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Everyone enjoys a fitting reply; it is wonderful to say the right thing at the right time!
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The heart of the godly thinks carefully before speaking; the mouth of the wicked overflows with evil words.
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A reading from the Letters: Philippians 4:5 (CEB)

Let your gentleness show in your treatment of all people. The Lord is near.
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Reflection:


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Help me guard my lips, O Savior,
Keep me sweet when I am tried;
Answers soft to others giving,
Meekly swallowing my pride. — Bosch
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He who conquers his anger conquers a strong enemy
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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