Psalm 36

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.

We honor you today. We offer only praise. We humbly ask you to forgive us when we are arrogant or talk in ways that are not honoring to you. We stand before you today and reject those things that are wrong. We turn to you.

Your love is faithful. It reaches far as we can see. Your decisions are just and fair. They are as vast as the highest mountain peak or deepest depth of the sea. Your love is a treasure. It is priceless. We run to you to find shelter. You give us a feast to enjoy in your house when we are famished. We drink from unending rivers of living water when we are parched and thirsty. You open our eyes to see your brilliance in glorious light.

Lord, please keep on loving us. And use us to welcome new hearts into your Kingdom. Protect us from those who are prideful and independent. They will fall in their selfish ways.

We open our hands and our hearts to you, Jesus. Always. Amen.

(c) 2020. Rich Ronald.

Psalm 35

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.

God. Abba. Father.

Some days, Lord, we feel like we are being chased into a corner. Sometimes by real enemies. Sometimes by the choices we’ve made or the circumstances of life. And sometimes, by the enemy of your righteous ways, oh God. When that happens, stand up for us. Help us. Say to us: “I am your salvation.”

Thank you, Lord. When the ungodly pursue us for believing in you, may your Holy Spirit chase them away, may they slip and fall on their way to defeat us. When we have been innocently trapped by those who seek our demise, surprise them with their own ruin.

We will celebrate and be glad when we are saved. We will sing: “There’s no one like our God! You rescue the poor and the weak. You protect the unprotected.” Oh God, while there are very few of us who are being chased to death in our day, this picture that the Psalmist describes sure looks like the preborn, safe in their mother’s womb, who are being murdered by the abortionist. Deliver them today. Protect them today. We cry out for their lives today. We also think of your son, Jesus, who was crucified on our behalf, our slaughtered Passover Lamb. We find it hard to imagine all He went through. Just because He loves us. Thank you for your mercy.

Lord, when we face times of personal injustice, when others repay our good for evil, give us the courage and the grace to pray for them. Even when we stumble and fall and others cheer for our defeat, and we wonder where you are, come to our rescue. We will worship you; we will praise you for saving us. Defend us, Lord God. We are only worthy of your liberation because of your great compassion.

We know you see it all. The good and the bad. Please, don’t be silent. Defend us. Put to shame those who exalt themselves at our expense.

We trust that you will save us. You have saved us! You, Lord, Yahweh, are wonderful! You are worthy of our praise all day, every day. We know that you work all things together for our good. And for your glory.

Yes, may you be glorified. In us and through us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

(c) 2020. Rich Ronald.

Psalm 34.

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.

God. Abba. Father.

We praise you with all our hearts today, Lord! Even, when we are afflicted or feeling helpless, we honor you great King! We celebrate you and eagerly tell others of your faithfulness to us.

Whenever we need you, God, you are quick to squash our anxious thoughts and fears. We look to you, Father, and we are honest with you. When we were nothing, we prayed, and you have saved us. You send your angels to protect us.

Every one of our senses — our sight, our vision, our hearing, our touch, even the things we taste — reveal your goodness to us. As we take refuge in you, we know we are blessed. We know that as we honor you, we will also have plenty. We thank you for the promise that as we trust in you, we will never miss out. Animals may go hungry, but we, your children will lack nothing.

We thank you for the promise that as we obey you, as we guard our tongues, as we do good and live in peace, you will watch over us, you will turn your ears to us. You are quick to rescue us. Even when we are discouraged and question the hope we have in you, you deliver us! We thank you that even when we are broken hearted, you deliver us! You protect us all. You are our bodyguard.

We respect with caution that those who turn their backs on you will be punished. But those who take refuge in you will find freedom! Yes, when we run to you, we are saved.

Thank you! In Jesus’ name. Amen.

(c) 2020. Rich Ronald.

Psalm 33.

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.

We join with others around the globe today in singing praises to your name! We praise you with all sorts of instruments besides our voices… with harps, with guitars, pianos and trumpets! We shout for joy because you are truthful and you are trustworthy. You love justice and fairness way more than we do, Lord. You are kind. The earth is drenched in your unfailing love.

We acknowledge the truth that it was by your hand, Lord, Yahweh, the heavens were made. The stars were created at your command. You gathered the waters into your heavenly jars to create the oceans. We honor you, oh Creator King. When you spoke, the earth was formed.

We know that your plans will ultimately prevail! Yes, you destroy the schemes of the nations that plot evil. Your plans last forever because you love the people of every generation. And you bless each country who worships you and only you, the One True God. We humbly ask that you might bless our nation, Lord.

We know, God, that you look upon the earth from your throne of grace and justice. We thank you for shaping each one of us. And you watch us each day.

We know that no kingdom on earth will succeed without first honoring you. Their armies will not. Their soldiers will not. Their horses nor the horsepower in machines will not succeed without first honoring you.

You watch from heaven. Your eye is on those who stand in awe of your holy name. You will deliver us from death and starvation.

We have great hope in knowing that you, Lord, Yahweh, you are our help and our shield. We depend on you for everything! Our hearts rejoice because we trust in you. May your unfailing love be with us, Lord. Be kind. Bless us.

In Jesus’ name. Amen.

(c) 2020. Rich Ronald.

Psalm 32.

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.

We thank you for forgiveness today, Lord. Your word says we all get to rejoice because our transgressions, our sins, are wiped away. You hold nothing against us when we stopped hiding from you.

Before we opened our hearts to you, our bodies were exhausted and weak. Night and day our guilt consumed us and sapped the strength from our very bones.

But once we acknowledged our failures, the pressure was gone. We thank you for the relief and joy we have found in your grace… our guilt dissolved; our sin disappeared.

We worship you Lord! You are our strong and mighty foundation. When the devastation of sin threatens to sink us, we won’t be swept away. You are our hiding place. You keep danger at bay. You surround us with songs of joy and praise and deliverance! Thank you for agreeing to teach us and to lead us. We are humbled, oh God, that you want us to be your students. Thank you for keeping your loving eye always on us.

We celebrate and sing together. You are good to your people. We trust you and thank you for shielding us with kindness and surrounding us with your unfailing love.

And, of course Lord, we thank you because forgiveness doesn’t happen today without the grace of Jesus… in whose name we pray. Amen.

(c) 2020. Rich Ronald.

Psalm 31.

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.

When we are desperate, we run to you, God. Please don’t let us down. Hear our prayer. Rescue us. Hurry! We proclaim that you are our rock, the fortress, our one and only safe place. Guide us. Let others see that we are being led by you and your Holy Spirit. And may you be glorified. We say it again: don’t let us down. Some days we feel we are trapped by sin or addictions or behavior that just isn’t right. So we commit ourselves to you… we put our lives into your hands. We trust you.

We join with the righteous in saying how much we hate the false teaching of following man’s religious rules and orders… even those who worship idols. No, we celebrate and trust in you and you alone! You have seen our afflictions, our troubles, the heartaches of our souls. And you have care for us. You have set us free from those things that have bound us up…

We confess that we often find ourselves, however, back in the same boat of trouble time and time again. People look at us with disdain for we are here again. Even our dear friends ridicule us and want to forget that we are friends. We are broken. We are weary.

Forgive us, Lord! We trust you! You are our God. Our life is in your hands. Smile on us. Save us just because you love us. May your face shine on us. You are wonderful to us. You store up blessings for all who honor and trust you. You are our protector. We find great comfort in your holy name.

We praise you! We thank you for keeping us safe. You have delivered us, even from accusing tongues.

Thank you for protecting the faithful and those who call out to you. Thank you for your righteous scales of justice that also bring punishment to the proud and arrogant.

We thank you for the encouragement of this word to be strong and courageous. Our confidence, our hope, our trust is you and you alone. God you are Yahweh. The One True God. The Great I am.

We worship you because of Jesus, and in the name of Jesus. Amen and amen.

(c) 2020. Rich Ronald.

Psalm 30.

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.

Oh Lord, we join with David in praising your holy name today! You have saved us. You have lifted us from the depths. And the things that go against us do not succeed. You have given us one chance after the other. You have healed us and, more importantly, you have given us your grace and life eternal.

We sing to you. We honor your holy name. Help us to stay faithful to you so we can continue to praise you, great King. We thank you for your righteous anger that is displeased when people go against your ways. Yes, we thank you. And we rejoice that your love and your kindness are much more prevalent than your anger. There are some things in this life that will cause us weeping and sorrow. But each new day is a clean slate, with no mistakes in it. And so, we celebrate the dawn! We rejoice each morning!

We confess that there are days when we sometimes believe we can do our life on our own terms. And when we lift us up over you, we shouldn’t be surprised when you turn away, we shouldn’t be surprised when we bring calamity upon our own lives.

So, when that happens, and when we reverse course and cry out to you, you are so gracious and full of great mercy. When we have made poor choices and seek your face, you have been our helper. Yes, you have turned our sorrows into joys! You have removed the garment of heaviness and filled our hearts with laughter and delight and life! So, we will not be silent. We will sing songs of great joy to your holy name. We can’t thank you enough! You are our Abba, our Father.

We raise our voices to you in great adoration. Because of Jesus, your Son and our Savior.

Amen!

(c) 2020. Rich Ronald.

Psalm 29.

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.

Praise the Lord you His saints… whether angels above or those of us here below… together we shout praises to His holy name! He is the glorious One! You are the glorious One!

We honor you, the great I AM, Yahweh. We stand in awe of the beauty of your creation. You are holy.

We can hear your voice raging over the oceans. We can hear your voice in the thunderous clouds above. We proclaim that to hear your voice is like a symphony! At your command, trees break and mountains tremble. At your whisper the mighty cedars shatter and the peaks jump like wild colts. It’s such a beautiful word picture to see all creation eager to respond to your loving summons. Even the lightning flashes and the desert shakes. All in your temple say: “Glory to Yahweh, Glory to the Most High!”

You, Lord, are high and lifted up. Your reign from the Throne of Grace. You are in control of everything… the wind, the rain, the sun. You are even in control over pandemics and politics.

Thank you that we can count on you. We can trust you.

We are strong because of you. We can find the truest, purest peace at the end of your hand of blessing. We walk confidently in your strength and your peace.

Thank you Jesus!

Amen.

(c) 2020. Rich Ronald.

Psalm 28.

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.

You are our rock. Everything that matters to us pales in comparison. Our lives are built upon the sure foundation of your truths. Hear our prayer. Answer us when we call. We need to hear from you God, for we are lifeless without your voice. We lift our hands toward heaven and cry out to you.

Protect us from the cruel people who are two-faced, those who speak with a sweet tongue while plotting trouble. No, treat them as their hard hearts deserve. We ask you to bring your justice to those who refuse to bow before you. But, please, bring your grace and peace to those who turn to you.

Thank you for listening to our humble prayer. You are our strong shield. We know you are on our side. We trust in you and you help us. Our hearts leap for joy and we sing praises to your holy name. You are our strength. You are our great shepherd, who guides us with compassion and leads us with care.

Thank you, Jesus! Amen.

(c) 2020. Rich Ronald.

Psalm 27.

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.

We proclaim that you are our light and our salvation. There is nothing to fear. Ever! We say it again: You are our stronghold, you protect us. We are not afraid.

Even when bad things happen to us. Even when we are bullied by the circumstances of this world. It is those who are against us who will fall. Yes, even if armies surround us, even if disaster is on our doorstep, we trust in you and you alone, great King!

One thing we ask of you Lord: let us live in your presence all the days of our lives. Let us gaze deeply at your beauty and the wonder of your creation each day. We are confident that in times of trouble, you will protect us. You will provide shelter from any calamity. So, we will praise you from the highest peak! We will sing songs of joy to your name.

Hear us when we pray. Don’t hide your face from us. You alone keep us safe. Even if those we love deeply walk away from us, we know you will never leave us. You will take care of us.

Teach us, Lord, to follow your ways. Lead us along your straight and narrow path. Even when others tell lies about us, we know we can trust in your kindness and love. We know we can find your goodness and mercy, here in the land of the living.

We thank you for these, your words of counsel: “Trust in the Lord. Be brave and strong.” We thank you for this promise. We proclaim that we will trust in you, Abba. May we be courageous as your Spirit gives us strength.

Through Jesus, our Messiah, Amen.

(c) 2020. Rich Ronald.