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!

Psalm for Prayer - September 10, 2018

Psalm 14 (ESV)  To the choirmaster. Of David. 

1 The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds; there is none who does good. 

2 The Lordlooks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God. 

3 They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one. 

4 Have they no knowledge, all the evildoers who eat up my people as they eat bread and do not call upon the Lord? 

5 There they are in great terror, for God is with the generation of the righteous. 

6 You would shame the plans of the poor, but the Lordis his refuge. 

7 Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion! When the Lordrestores the fortunes of his people, let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad.