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Psalm 9 – Praying the Psalms Project

We woke to almost a foot of snow this morning.  Before the big digging out begins, lets just snuggle in, in the quiet, giving thanks and rejoicing in our wonderful Lord. 

Psalm 9

For the director of music. To the tune of “The Death of the Son.” A psalm of David.

I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart;
    I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
I will be glad and rejoice in you;
    I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.

My enemies turn back;
    they stumble and perish before you.
For you have upheld my right and my cause,
    sitting enthroned as the righteous judge.
You have rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked;
    you have blotted out their name for ever and ever.
Endless ruin has overtaken my enemies,
    you have uprooted their cities;
    even the memory of them has perished.

The Lord reigns forever;
    he has established his throne for judgment.
He rules the world in righteousness
    and judges the peoples with equity.
The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed,
    a stronghold in times of trouble.
10 Those who know your name trust in you,
    for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.

11 Sing the praises of the Lord, enthroned in Zion;
    proclaim among the nations what he has done.
12 For he who avenges blood remembers;
    he does not ignore the cries of the afflicted.

13 Lord, see how my enemies persecute me!
    Have mercy and lift me up from the gates of death,
14 that I may declare your praises
    in the gates of Daughter Zion,
    and there rejoice in your salvation.

15 The nations have fallen into the pit they have dug;
    their feet are caught in the net they have hidden.
16 The Lord is known by his acts of justice;
    the wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands.
17 The wicked go down to the realm of the dead,
    all the nations that forget God.
18 But God will never forget the needy;
    the hope of the afflicted will never perish.

19 Arise, Lord, do not let mortals triumph;
    let the nations be judged in your presence.
20 Strike them with terror, Lord;
    let the nations know they are only mortal.

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Lord my heart is overwhelmed with thanks to you. 

I will use my voice to tell everyone I meet of Your wonderful deeds.  

Because of You I can rejoice and sing praise.

You are the Most High – There is not one who is greater than You

Your praises will always be on my lips!

I have come to know that I do have an enemy – one for sure.  

You cause my enemy to stumble and fall back.  

You see the destruction on the earth – nothing is hidden from You 

You are the Righteous Judge  – You reign forever! 

You see the wicked and the ruins they have left behind. 

Ruined families, ruined homes, ruined lives 

You see the oppressed all over the earth, You do not ignore  their cries. 

You are our refuge and stronghold in times of trouble.

I know Your name – I trust in You!  

In the midst of trouble I can declare my praise to You

No matter what, I have salvation in You!

The wicked of this world will fall into the pit they have dug for themselves. 

You are a God who is just in all of His ways.

You see the wicked who draw their nations far from You, who choose to forget you.

I know this, You will not forget the needy, they can have hope even in days of deep trouble.

Put every nation in their place Lord, let them know they will not go on forever.

 You arise, in You there is no end.   – Amen 

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Psalm 8 – Praying the Psalms Project

Real worship is praising God for ‘Who He Is’.  Few master worship better than David.  For one I am thrilled that David, for a moment, has taken his focus off of his enemies and placed them on God alone.

Creation is a beautiful thing.  The weather app on my phone opens with this statement.

“It’s Amazing Out There” 

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I love it, I want to go out and climb a mountain and yell from the top,

‘It’s Amazing Out Here!’

Psalm 8

For the choir director: A psalm of David, to be accompanied by a stringed instrument.

O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!
    Your glory is higher than the heavens.
You have taught children and infants
    to tell of your strength,
silencing your enemies
    and all who oppose you.

When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—
    the moon and the stars you set in place—
what are mere mortals that you should think about them,
    human beings that you should care for them?
Yet you made them only a little lower than God
    and crowned them with glory and honor.
You gave them charge of everything you made,
    putting all things under their authority—
the flocks and the herds
    and all the wild animals,
the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea,
    and everything that swims the ocean currents.

O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!

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Lord, You are so BIG, You fill the earth with your presence.

Little children and babies know all about You. They know how strong you are.

You have silenced Your enemies.

When I look at the sky, filled with the moon, stars and planets, I am amazed.

How did we become so special to You that would care for us?

Thank you Lord, that you have crowned us with glory and honor and have trusted us over Your beautiful Creation. 

Over animals that run in flocks and herds, the birds that fly in the sky, and the fish that fill the seas and the oceans. 

Thank you for trusting us.  Help us to be good stewards of the glorious work of Your hands.   Amen

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Praying the Psalms Project Psalm 7

I read this over the weekend – 10,000 Child Migrants Missing  I am sick at heart and burning with anger.  What kind of people do this?  Steal children.  Take 10,000 children and sink them into deep dark depths of human trafficking – selling them for sex.

The Innocent

Sons

Daughters

Children

The words enemy and wicked take on a whole new meaning to me.

Along with David –  I’m calling out for Justice today!

Psalm 7

A psalm of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning Cush of the tribe of Benjamin.

I come to you for protection, O Lord my God.
    Save me from my persecutors—rescue me!
If you don’t, they will maul me like a lion,
    tearing me to pieces with no one to rescue me.
O Lord my God, if I have done wrong
    or am guilty of injustice,
if I have betrayed a friend
    or plundered my enemy without cause,
then let my enemies capture me.
    Let them trample me into the ground
    and drag my honor in the dust. Interlude

Arise, O Lord, in anger!
    Stand up against the fury of my enemies!
    Wake up, my God, and bring justice!
Gather the nations before you.
    Rule over them from on high.
    The Lord judges the nations.
Declare me righteous, O Lord,
    for I am innocent, O Most High!
End the evil of those who are wicked,
    and defend the righteous.
For you look deep within the mind and heart,
    O righteous God.

10 God is my shield,
    saving those whose hearts are true and right.
11 God is an honest judge.
    He is angry with the wicked every day.

12 If a person does not repent,
    God will sharpen his sword;
    he will bend and string his bow.
13 He will prepare his deadly weapons
    and shoot his flaming arrows.

14 The wicked conceive evil;
    they are pregnant with trouble
    and give birth to lies.
15 They dig a deep pit to trap others,
    then fall into it themselves.
16 The trouble they make for others backfires on them.
    The violence they plan falls on their own heads.

17 I will thank the Lord because he is just;
    I will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High. 

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Justice

Lord, I come to you today asking for protection not only for me and my house, but for children across the world who are being stolen, abused and sold.

 Rescue them, Lord!

I know that they must feel as if they are being pulled apart by lions.

Rescue them!

Lord, we all sin and fall short.  Each guilty of injustice or betrayal of a friend.  The list can go on and on.

You are the judge and You declare who is in right standing with You.  When You look upon Your children – You see the righteousness of Your Son – Jesus.

You see the evil and wicked across the nations, the kind of wicked that steals children.

Let Your anger burn against them – 

You see injustice.  You see stolen children.  You see the innocent suffering.

You know the ones who have taken them, who are evil and wicked.

Why do You let this go on? 

You see into our hearts and minds and see who is righteous.  Not one person can hide their heart from You.

You are the shield that defends us – saving those that have true and right hearts.

You are an honest judge, Lord.  Every day You see the wicked and are angry with them.

If a person does not repent.

Your sword will be sharpened

Your bow string will bend – You will shoot arrows of fire.

Are You waiting for the wicked to repent?

How will they know of You, unless we tell them.

Are You waiting for us to tell them?

The wicked plan evil, are filled with trouble, full of lies and are busy setting traps for others.

You will cause them to fall right into their own trap.  All of their evil will backfire on them.

I thank you Lord, that You are just and seek justice.  I give You praise because You are the Lord who is higher than all of this evil.  I ask for Your rescue and justice today!

Amen and Amen

Listen and Praying Along Here:  Praying Psalm 7  

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Praying the Psalms Project Psalm 6

Oh David, the lamenting, when will it stop?  Ever feel that way?  You just can’t remember a good day.

We all have days, where we are at the end of ourselves.  There is nothing more we can do or say, we simply weep.  I feel that when I read this Psalm, that David was simply at the end of himself.

While we try to avoid that place, I believe that the Lord leads us there.  This is where we let go and He holds on.

We Fail – He Fails Not   

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Psalm 6

For the choir director: A psalm of David, to be accompanied by an eight-stringed instrument

O Lord, don’t rebuke me in your anger
    or discipline me in your rage.
Have compassion on me, Lord, for I am weak.
    Heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony.
I am sick at heart.
    How long, O Lord, until you restore me?

Return, O Lord, and rescue me.
    Save me because of your unfailing love.
For the dead do not remember you.
    Who can praise you from the grave?

I am worn out from sobbing.
    All night I flood my bed with weeping,
    drenching it with my tears.
My vision is blurred by grief;
    my eyes are worn out because of all my enemies.

Go away, all you who do evil,
    for the Lord has heard my weeping.
The Lord has heard my plea;
    the Lord will answer my prayer.
10 May all my enemies be disgraced and terrified.
    May they suddenly turn back in shame.

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Father,  I never want to anger You, but I am sure I do.  You see all of me, every action, every word, every thought.  Please take it easy on me when you bring correction.

There will be many days that I am weak, exhausted and sick at heart.  I wait for You to restore me.

As long as I have breath in my lungs, I will praise You.

Rescue me Lord.  I know Your love will never fail me, even when I feel like a failure.

You see me on the days that I am at the end of myself.  My eyes swollen from crying, until I can barely see.

I want to shut myself away from all the evil in this world, but I choose not to.  Why?

For You

 Hear me when I cry

 Listen when I pray

 Answer when I call

You help me to overcome my enemies, who or whatever they may be.  You send them running.

Thank you Lord for Your unfailing love toward me.

Amen and Amen

Listen and Pray Along Here:  Praying Psalm 6

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Praying the Psalms Project Psalm 5

Poor David, He sure is worried about his enemies.  I guess if I were on the run, fearing for my life, I would be worried about them too.  Even in the midst of this trial – his faith remains in his God. 

Then I think of the many persecuted Christians living through out the world, who have physical enemies, just as David did.   They have suffered and sacrificed to follow Jesus, with desperate prayers burning in their hearts and on their lips.  They do not give up and they still follow Christ with abandon.

I want to be honest, I have not suffered to follow Christ.  Not like them.  

Who are my enemies? 

– Fear – Unbelief – Doubt – Distraction – Pride –

Just to name a few 

Psalm 5

For the choir director: A psalm of David, to be accompanied by the flute.

O Lord, hear me as I pray;
    pay attention to my groaning.
Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God,
    for I pray to no one but you.
Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord.
    Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.

O God, you take no pleasure in wickedness;
    you cannot tolerate the sins of the wicked.
Therefore, the proud may not stand in your presence,
    for you hate all who do evil.
You will destroy those who tell lies.
    The Lord detests murderers and deceivers.

Because of your unfailing love, I can enter your house;
    I will worship at your Temple with deepest awe.
Lead me in the right path, O Lord,
    or my enemies will conquer me.
Make your way plain for me to follow.

My enemies cannot speak a truthful word.
    Their deepest desire is to destroy others.
Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave.
    Their tongues are filled with flattery.
10 O God, declare them guilty.
    Let them be caught in their own traps.
Drive them away because of their many sins,
    for they have rebelled against you.

11 But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;
    let them sing joyful praises forever.
Spread your protection over them,
    that all who love your name may be filled with joy.
12 For you bless the godly, O Lord;
    you surround them with your shield of love.

Psalm 5

Father, thank you for hearing me when I cry out to You.  Some days as I see the suffering in this world, I have no words, only groans.

Never will I pray to anyone but You, Lord.  Never.

I come back to You every morning.  A new day with new challenges.  I am excited as I wait to hear Your voice.

I know that You do not tolerate sinful wickedness – no, not one bit.  Some days I try to close my eyes to it all – to the proud and the evil, the liars and deceivers, murders and abusers.  Those that say and do unspeakable things.

I know that you have called me to pay attention and to pray with my eyes open.

Thank you that I live in a country where I can go to Your House and worship with arms wide open. 

Help me not to stumble off of Your Path, so I will not be consumed by my enemies.  

I really need You to make Your path for me – straight and plain, so that I don’t become lost. 

Teach me to be alert, that I will not fall into the trap of false flattery.  It does me no good at all. 

Many will struggle against You and lead lives of destruction,  I don’t want to be one of them. 

You are my safe place, Lord.  May Your praise always be on my lips, forever and always!

Thank you, that Your protection has me covered.  Because I love You – I am filled with joy, no matter my circumstances. 

Help me to live a life set apart to You, that I will always feel Your shield of love surround me.  

Amen and Amen

Listen and Pray Along Here:  Praying Psalm 5

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Praying the Psalms Project – Psalm 4

I am finding as I pray through the Psalms that God is showing me more and more –

Who He Is 

He’s reminding me the He fills every hole we might have.

Psalm 4

For the choir director: A psalm of David, to be accompanied by stringed instruments.

Answer me when I call to you,
    O God who declares me innocent.
Free me from my troubles.
    Have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

How long will you people ruin my reputation?
    How long will you make groundless accusations?
    How long will you continue your lies? Interlude
You can be sure of this:
    The Lord set apart the godly for himself.
    The Lord will answer when I call to him.

Don’t sin by letting anger control you.
    Think about it overnight and remain silent. Interlude
Offer sacrifices in the right spirit,
    and trust the Lord.

Many people say, “Who will show us better times?”
    Let your face smile on us, Lord.
You have given me greater joy
    than those who have abundant harvests of grain and new wine.
In peace I will lie down and sleep,
    for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe.

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Oh Lord, Even though I am steeped in sin, like an old tea bag, through Jesus you find me innocent.   I am so very thankful for that.

No matter what trouble comes my way, You hear me when I call.  You set me free from the things that hound me.

It is true, people will speak out against me, not agree with me even lie about me. What can I do about it? Not much!

But you, Lord –

You set me apart, close to you.

You answer me when I call.

Help me to hear Your voice above all the other noise in life.

Many days, anger and impatience get the best of me. Teach me to sleep on it, before I say one word.

When I come into Your presence in worship, in thanksgiving, with the first fruits of my day help me to have the right attitude.

I know I can trust you Lord, above all else.

So often I ask you to make everything perfect, to make every day great.  I want You smiling on me all the time.

You give me something greater.  Greater than the earthly perfection I am looking for.

You give me peace.  So much peace that I can lay my head down at night, close my eyes and sleep, knowing that you keep me safe from each day’s troubles.  Amen and Amen

Praying Along Here:  Praying Psalm 4

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Praying the Psalms Project Psalm 3

Psalm 3

A psalm of David, regarding the time David fled from his son Absalom.

O Lord, I have so many enemies;
    so many are against me.
So many are saying,
    “God will never rescue him!” Interlude

But you, O Lord, are a shield around me;
    you are my glory, the one who holds my head high.
I cried out to the Lord,
    and he answered me from his holy mountain. Interlude

I lay down and slept,
    yet I woke up in safety,
    for the Lord was watching over me.
I am not afraid of ten thousand enemies
    who surround me on every side.

Arise, O Lord!
    Rescue me, my God!
Slap all my enemies in the face!
    Shatter the teeth of the wicked!
Victory comes from you, O Lord.
    May you bless your people.

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Lord, unlike David, I like to pretend my enemies don’t exist.  I am reminded today  that there is an enemy of my soul, his name is Satan.  His goal – to steal from me, kill me and destroy me.  He will use whatever means necessary, even the people closest to me, to wound me and make me feel isolated.  

I know there are many naysayers out there who think I am a fool for believing You have my back. I am sure  that when I cry out to you, you hear me.  Not only do you hear me Lord, you answer me. 

When I lay down to sleep at night, worry does not plague me.  I know that no matter the situation you are watching over me, keeping me and those I love safe. I can rest in that!

When I call out to you – Arise, Oh Lord, Rescue me, my God!  You are near to me, giving me direction and peace.  Those who doubt You are left in awe – almost like being slapped in the face. With that slap you wake them up to see who You really are. 

I thank you, Lord that my every victory in this life comes from You. That you are a God who blesses His people and that includes me.  I am blessed for knowing you, Lord.   Amen and Amen 

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Praying the Psalms Project Psalm 2

Psalm 2

Why are the nations so angry?
    Why do they waste their time with futile plans?
The kings of the earth prepare for battle;
    the rulers plot together
against the Lord
    and against his anointed one.
“Let us break their chains,” they cry,
    “and free ourselves from slavery to God.”

But the one who rules in heaven laughs.
    The Lord scoffs at them.
Then in anger he rebukes them,
    terrifying them with his fierce fury.
For the Lord declares, “I have placed my chosen king on the throne
    in Jerusalem, on my holy mountain.”

The king proclaims the Lord’s decree:
“The Lord said to me, ‘You are my son.
    Today I have become your Father.
Only ask, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance,
    the whole earth as your possession.
You will break them with an iron rod
    and smash them like clay pots.’”

10 Now then, you kings, act wisely!
    Be warned, you rulers of the earth!
11 Serve the Lord with reverent fear,
    and rejoice with trembling.
12 Submit to God’s royal son, or he will become angry,
    and you will be destroyed in the midst of all your activities—
for his anger flares up in an instant.
    But what joy for all who take refuge in him!

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Lord, why are the nations so angry?  They are busy building bombs, kidnapping and selling  women and children, and torturing their own people.  Their people are scattered and desperate.

I could go on and on Lord, but You know.  You know.  It makes me sick and sad just thinking about it.  Some nations have been fighting against You, since they were formed.

They see you as the chains, instead of the chain-breaker.

 They have never known life in your peaceful presence. Their children have never heard your name.  Why would they want to live with Your anger blazing against them? How foolish how sad, no wonder you laugh, Lord.  They are denying themselves so much.

You have already sent us a King, your Son, our Savor, Jesus.  He is a King who came down from His throne and gave himself for his people.  Anyone who chooses Him can become part of His kingdom.  The gates are open, but one day they will close.

I pray for these nations that You will teach kings and leaders to be wise and courageous, that they will stop running from you and run to you, lifting their flags of surrender high.  Surrendering to You Lord, makes the weak, strong.  

I pray over the children of these nations, that they will know the hope and peace than comes from you. Don’t let them live their lives without you, Lord.  Help us to raise up a generation of  missionaries and open the doors to for them to declare Your Good News all over the Earth!

You are mighty, holy and powerful, Lord.  One day every nation will bow.  In the mean-time I stand in the gap for them, because they just don’t know.  Holy Spirit, soften their hearts and make them ready for the good News of Jesus, the only way to salvation.  Remind me to never stop, lifting them up in prayer.  

Thank you God that in Jesus, all those who believe have refuge.  Amen and Amen

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