Psalm 73

We’re reading through, and with intentionality, praying through the Psalms during this school year. There are 150 Psalms, divided into 180 different readings. See this post for more info.

The audio file below is the entire episode for today. The text below is today’s prayer. I’m reading the Contemporary English Version of the Text, copyright 1995, by the American Bible Society.

God. Abba. Father.

No doubt about it. You are good. So good to us!

But we confess. Sometimes we miss it. When we see the wicked succeed, we sometimes wonder, “why?” Why do the arrogant and those who gain wealth via questionable means appear to not have a care in the world while we pinch pennies and do our best to keep our pride in check?

In our hearts we desire to never doubt your plans or your ways. Yet, when we see evil thrive, we wonder. Our goal is to only have praise on our lips for you, God. Create in us a pure heart, oh God. Don’t let us turn to the left or to the right. And don’t let us worry or be consumed with the success of others. You have plans for us. We have a personal relationship with you. And how you bless each one of us is up to you. You are the One True God.

We know, as we worship you, that the path of those who don’t follow you will lead to destruction. No matter their success today.

We thank you that you will bring your people back. You will continue to guide us by your Spirit. And you will lead us to glory. Thank you for your wisdom. Thank you for leading us. Truly you are that we want in this lifetime. Your ways. Your presence. Your peace. Your joy. Even when our bodies fail, you will be our strength for all eternity.

Yes, we choose you, oh God. You are our protector and provider. We will tell the whole world, beginning with our friends, family and neighbors, of your wonderful love and how gracious you are to us.

In Jesus’ name.

Amen.

(c) 2020. Rich Ronald

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