Praying the Psalms: Fri, 14 Dec – Psalm 144 ~ My Rock and My Fortress

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 144 (NLT)A psalm of David.

Praise the Lord, who is my rock.

  • He trains my hands for war and gives my fingers skill for battle.
  • He is my loving ally and my fortress, my tower of safety, my rescuer.
  • He is my shield, and I take refuge in him.
  • He makes the nations submit to me.

O Lord, what are human beings that you should notice them, mere mortals that you should think about them? For they are like a breath of air; their days are like a passing shadow.

Open the heavens, Lord, and come down.

  • Touch the mountains so they billow smoke.
  • Hurl your lightning bolts and scatter your enemies!
  • Shoot your arrows and confuse them!
  • Reach down from heaven and rescue me; rescue me from deep waters, from the power of my enemies.

Their mouths are full of lies; they swear to tell the truth, but they lie instead.

I will sing a new song to you, O God! I will sing your praises with a ten-stringed harp. For you grant victory to kings! You rescued your servant David from the fatal sword. Save me! Rescue me from the power of my enemies.

Their mouths are full of lies; they swear to tell the truth, but they lie instead.

May our sons flourish in their youth like well-nurtured plants. May our daughters be like graceful pillars, carved to beautify a palace. May our barns be filled with crops of every kind. May the flocks in our fields multiply by the thousands, even tens of thousands, and may our oxen be loaded down with produce. May there be no enemy breaking through our walls, no going into captivity, no cries of alarm in our town squares. Yes, joyful are those who live like this!

Joyful indeed are those whose God is the Lord.
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Morning Prayer

O Lord our God: We rely on your grace and mercy in the struggle for our souls –

+ for you are our strength in times of conflict…
+ for your are our righteousness in the turmoil of warfare…
+ for you are our fortress against assaults on our integrity…
+ for you are our shield and the defender of our souls…

O Lord our God: We rely on your grace and mercy in the struggle for our souls –

+ give us power in our battle against the spiritual forces of darkness…
+ give us victory over the wiles and schemes of the evil one…

O Lord our God: Thank you for the victory already won through the death and resurrection of your Son, Jesus Christ. Protect us by the power of your Spirit that we might live in peace, and our children might prosper. We ask through Jesus Christ, our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.
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“Psalm 144” (Praise the Lord Who Arms Me for the Fight) – Ian White

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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.

Morning Prayer: 10 November – Psalm 144:1-2a, 15b; Isaiah 55:1,3 ~ walk with me

A Season of Thanksgiving

Morning Prayer

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

Opening sentence

Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done. Sing to him; yes, sing his praises. Tell everyone about his wonderful deeds.
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Morning Reading: Psalm 144:1-2a, 15b NLT

Psalm 144.1 Marine

Praise the Lord, who is my rock. He trains my hands for war and gives my fingers skill for battle. He is my loving ally and my fortress, my tower of safety, my rescuer. He is my shield, and I take refuge in him.
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Joyful indeed are those whose God is the Lord.
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Morning Reading: Isaiah 55:1,3 NLT

“Is anyone thirsty? Come and drink — even if you have no money! Come, take your choice of wine or milk — it’s all free!
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“Come to me with your ears wide open. Listen, and you will find life.
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Prayer:

Stay with us, Lord, on our journey.

Help us to realize that our troubles are slight and short-lived; they are as nothing compared with the joy we shall have when we reach our home with You. Come to the lonely, the unloved, those without friends; show them Your love, and help them to care for their brothers and sisters. Take away our pride, temper our anger: may we follow You in Your gentleness: may You make us humble of heart. Give us the fullness of Your Spirit, the Spirit of sonship: make our love for each other generous and sincere.

Stay with us, Lord, on our journey.
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“Walk With Me” – Kim Walker Smith/Jesus Culture


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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