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.
Here is today’s prayer, preceded by the text from the Contemporary English Version, copyright 1995, by the America Bible Society.
Sing joyful songs to the Lord! Praise the mighty rock where we are safe. Come to worship him with thankful hearts and songs of praise.
The Lord is the greatest God, king over all other gods. He holds the deepest part of the earth in his hands, and the mountain peaks belong to him. The ocean is the Lord’s because he made it, and with his own hands, he formed the dry land.
Bow down and worship the Lord our Creator! The Lord is our God, and we are his people, the sheep he takes care of in his own pasture.
Listen to God’s voice today! Don’t be stubborn and rebel as your ancestors did at Meribah and Massah out in the desert. For forty years they tested God and saw the things he did. Then God got tired of them and said, “You never show good sense, and you don’t understand what I want you to do.” In his anger, God told them,
“You people will never enter my place of rest.”
Here is today’s prayer from Psalm 95:
God. Abba. Father.
We sing with great joy before you today! You are our rock. You are our salvation. Why do we sing? Because you oh great King, are the One True God. There is none like you. You are the Creator. Every single blade of grass gets its life from you. Every drop of saltwater in the oceans fell at your command. Every mountain goat that scampers to the highest peak does so because you gave it the ability to skip with firm footing.
Why do we sing? Why do we worship and, yes, even fall on our knees before you? Because you oh great King gave us breath. You formed us. You have guided us. You have been our shepherd to lead us to streams of living water for refreshment and meadows of green for rest. We are being cared for each and every day by you, God — the mighty and great LORD. And we are humbled by your love for us, your children.
We are encouraged today to listen to you. To bend our ears to heaven to hear your voice. We pause and silence the clutter of everything else… the dinging texts, the demanding coworker, even the chatter in the next room. We suppress all the noise. We focus on you. We wait patiently and concentrate. Speak to us.
Let us not be like the ancestors of old who hardened their hearts to your grace and provision. No, we open our hands and our souls to all that you have for us.
We worship your holy name because of the most wonderful sound ever heard… the rolling of a rock from the entrance of the tomb. And the footsteps of your Son walking out.
And it is in His name we pray.
(c) 2021. Rich Ronald.