Psalm for Prayer - October 22, 2018

Psalm 65 (ESV)

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. A Song. 

1 Praise is due to you, O God, in Zion, and to you shall vows be performed. 

2 O you who hear prayer, to you shall all flesh come. 

3 When iniquities prevail against me, you atone for our transgressions. 

4 Blessed is the one you choose and bring near, to dwell in your courts! We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house, the holiness of your temple! 

5 By awesome deeds you answer us with righteousness, O God of our salvation, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas; 

6 the one who by his strength established the mountains, being girded with might; 

7 who stills the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, the tumult of the peoples, 

8 so that those who dwell at the ends of the earth are in awe at your signs. You make the going out of the morning and the evening to shout for joy. 

9 You visit the earth and water it; you greatly enrich it; the river of God is full of water; you provide their grain, for so you have prepared it. 

10 You water its furrows abundantly, settling its ridges, softening it with showers, and blessing its growth. 

11 You crown the year with your bounty; your wagon tracks overflow with abundance. 

12 The pastures of the wilderness overflow, the hills gird themselves with joy, 

13 the meadows clothe themselves with flocks, the valleys deck themselves with grain, they shout and sing together for joy.

Psalm for Prayer - October 15, 2018

Psalm 119:97–104 (ESV)

97 Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day. 

98 Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies, for it is ever with me. 

99 I have more understanding than all my teachers, for your testimonies are my meditation. 

100 I understand more than the aged, for I keep your precepts. 

101 I hold back my feet from every evil way, in order to keep your word. 

102 I do not turn aside from your rules, for you have taught me. 

103 How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! 

104 Through your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way.

Psalm for Prayer - October 8, 2018

Psalm 66:1–12 (ESV)

1 Shout for joy to God, all the earth; 

2 sing the glory of his name; give to him glorious praise! 

3 Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds! So great is your power that your enemies come cringing to you. 

4 All the earth worships you and sings praises to you; they sing praises to your name.” Selah

5 Come and see what God has done: he is awesome in his deeds toward the children of man. 

6 He turned the sea into dry land; they passed through the river on foot. There did we rejoice in him, 

7 who rules by his might forever, whose eyes keep watch on the nations— let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah

8 Bless our God, O peoples; let the sound of his praise be heard, 

9 who has kept our soul among the living and has not let our feet slip. 

10 For you, O God, have tested us; you have tried us as silver is tried. 

11 You brought us into the net; you laid a crushing burden on our backs; 

12 you let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water; yet you have brought us out to a place of abundance.

Psalm for Prayer - October 1, 2018

Psalm 137 (ESV)

1 By the waters of Babylon, there we sat down and wept, when we remembered Zion. 

2 On the willows there we hung up our lyres. 

3 For there our captors required of us songs, and our tormentors, mirth, saying, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!” 

4 How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land? 

5 If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its skill! 

6 Let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth, if I do not remember you, if I do not set Jerusalem above my highest joy! 

7 Remember, O Lord, against the Edomites the day of Jerusalem, how they said, “Lay it bare, lay it bare, down to its foundations!” 

8 O daughter of Babylon, doomed to be destroyed, blessed shall he be who repays you with what you have done to us! 

9 Blessed shall he be who takes your little ones and dashes them against the rock!

Psalm for Prayer - September 24, 2018

Psalm 91:1–6 (ESV)

1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. 

2 I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” 

3 For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. 

4 He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. 

5 You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, 

6 nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.

14 “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name. 

15 When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. 

16 With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

Psalm for Prayer - September 17, 2018

Psalm 79:1–9 (ESV)

1 O God, the nations have come into your inheritance; they have defiled your holy temple; they have laid Jerusalem in ruins. 

2 They have given the bodies of your servants to the birds of the heavens for food, the flesh of your faithful to the beasts of the earth. 

3 They have poured out their blood like water all around Jerusalem, and there was no one to bury them. 

4 We have become a taunt to our neighbors, mocked and derided by those around us. 

5 How long, O Lord? Will you be angry forever? Will your jealousy burn like fire? 

6 Pour out your anger on the nations that do not know you, and on the kingdoms that do not call upon your name! 

7 For they have devoured Jacob and laid waste his habitation. 

8 Do not remember against us our former iniquities; let your compassion come speedily to meet us, for we are brought very low. 

9 Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of your name; deliver us, and atone for our sins, for your name’s sake!