Psalm 98

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 a new song to the Lord! He has worked miracles, and with his own powerful arm, he has won the victory. The Lord has shown the nations that he has the power to save and to bring justice. God has been faithful in his love for Israel, and his saving power is seen everywhere on earth.

Tell everyone on this earth to sing happy songs in praise of the Lord. Make music for him on harps. Play beautiful melodies! Sound the trumpets and horns and celebrate with joyful songs for our Lord and King!

Command the ocean to roar with all of its creatures, and the earth to shout with all of its people. Order the rivers to clap their hands, and all of the hills to sing together. Let them worship the Lord! He is coming to judge everyone on the earth, and he will be honest and fair.

Tell everyone on this earth to sing happy songs in praise of the Lord… The rivers will clap their hands… and sing for joy!

Psalm 98:4, 8

Here is today’s prayer from Psalm 98:

God. Abba. Father.

We sing a new song to you today, for it is a new day! We can begin afresh once again. Thank you! Today’s dawn is a new miracle, just one of billions and trillions you will perform in the next few hours. We praise you for the many victories you will give to your children today. You set the world right. You will save us. You are faithful. You love all your people, with a special fondness for the people of Israel and those who worship you in spirit and in truth throughout the world.

So, we shout for joy! We sing songs! We hum hymns! We celebrate with music and instruments! Why? Because you are the One True God!

Even the ocean and its rhythmic waves crashing on the shoreline, proclaim your goodness. Even the rivers with rapids that sparkle like diamonds, display your brilliance in deafening roars. Even the mountains, tall and majestic, declare your eminence. The world, your creation, calls to the Creator in worship and adoration. You are the judge. You bring peace. You bring reconciliation. You are our King!

We bow before you only because of Jesus.

Amen.

(c) 2021. Rich Ronald.

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