Psalm 15

Today we continue an ambitious project! For the next nine months, you and I will get the opportunity to read through, and more importantly, pray through the Psalms together. 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.

The evil say “God is dead. He is no more.” It seems that some days, that’s the only message we hear. We join with you, Lord, in saying that those people who say that are fools.

We thank you that you look down from heaven; you are searching all the earth for any who will seek after you. It seems that there are none, and it breaks our hearts. We join with the Psalmist in asking, “When will the evildoers learn?” Our friends and family have been devoured by the evil one. “LORD!” we cry. Spoil the plans of those who plot wrong-doing. May their false activities frustrate them.

Lord, thank you that you are on the side of the poor, both those who are physically poor and poor in spirit. Thank you that you are the refuge we seek. You, Lord, are the only one who can save us. You are the only one who will save Israel. We pray for your people. Restore those who have turned their backs on you.

One day, your children, will be glad. Because there will be peace. There will be joy. We will celebrate and sing when Salvation comes, when your Son Jesus, comes again! May it be soon!

We pray with hope, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

(c) 2020. Rich Ronald.

Psalm 14

Today we continue an ambitious project! For the next nine months, you and I will get the opportunity to read through, and more importantly, pray through the Psalms together. 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.

The evil say “God is dead. He is no more.” It seems that some days, that’s the only message we hear. We join with you, Lord, in saying that those people who say that are fools.

We thank you that you look down from heaven; you are searching all the earth for any who will seek after you. It seems that there are none, and it breaks our hearts. We join with the Psalmist in asking, “When will the evildoers learn?” Our friends and family have been devoured by the evil one. “LORD!” we cry. Spoil the plans of those who plot wrong-doing. May their false activities frustrate them.

Lord, thank you that you are on the side of the poor, both those who are physically poor and poor in spirit. Thank you that you are the refuge we seek. You, Lord, are the only one who can save us. You are the only one who will save Israel. We pray for your people. Restore those who have turned their backs on you.

One day, your children, will be glad. Because there will be peace. There will be joy. We will celebrate and sing when Salvation comes, when your Son Jesus, comes again! May it be soon!

We pray with hope, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

(c) 2020. Rich Ronald.

Psalm 13

Today we continue an ambitious project! For the next nine months, you and I will get the opportunity to read through, and more importantly, pray through the Psalms together. 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.

Help us LORD, Yahweh. We look around at what is happening in the streets, in our governments and schools and churches, and in the media and we wonder, “Where have all the faithful gone? Where are those who trust completely in you? Where are those who will obey your Word and follow as disciples?” It seems that everyone has a mask on. They say they are healthy and fine. They boast and brag and post about only the wonderful and bright things in their lives. And it seems that many believe their own lies, and they show nothing but contempt and disdain for things that are holy.

Thank you, Lord, that you see and know the truth, because you are the truth. Thank you that you see the poor in spirit, you see those who are homeless and who are mistreated and helpless and ill and you boldly proclaim that you will rescue those who suffer. You will heal the brokenhearted.

Thank you, Lord, that your promises are true and your Word is greater than the finest treasures on earth. You are perfect and flawless. Thank you for protecting us, your children. Thank you for keeping us safe, always, from the wicked. Give us wisdom to sort out the truth from the lies, to stand firm in your Word from those who promote their shameless acts.

We thank you for your grace. We celebrate your Son, who is the Way, the Life and the Truth. And we pray in His name. Amen.

(c) 2020. Rich Ronald.

Psalm 12

Today we continue an ambitious project! For the next nine months, you and I will get the opportunity to read through, and more importantly, pray through the Psalms together. 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.

Help us LORD, Yahweh. We look around at what is happening in the streets, in our governments and schools and churches, and in the media and we wonder, “Where have all the faithful gone? Where are those who trust completely in you? Where are those who will obey your Word and follow as disciples?” It seems that everyone has a mask on. They say they are healthy and fine. They boast and brag and post about only the wonderful and bright things in their lives. And it seems that many believe their own lies, and they show nothing but contempt and disdain for things that are holy.

Thank you, Lord, that you see and know the truth, because you are the truth. Thank you that you see the poor in spirit, you see those who are homeless and who are mistreated and helpless and ill and you boldly proclaim that you will rescue those who suffer. You will heal the brokenhearted.

Thank you, Lord, that your promises are true and your Word is greater than the finest treasures on earth. You are perfect and flawless. Thank you for protecting us, your children. Thank you for keeping us safe, always, from the wicked. Give us wisdom to sort out the truth from the lies, to stand firm in your Word from those who promote their shameless acts.

We thank you for your grace. We celebrate your Son, who is the Way, the Life and the Truth. And we pray in His name. Amen.

(c) 2020. Rich Ronald.

Psalm 11

Today we continue an ambitious project! For the next nine months, you and I will get the opportunity to read through, and more importantly, pray through the Psalms together. 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.

Thank you for being our fortress, our rock, our refuge in times of trouble. Even when the enemy has it out for us who are righteous. And of course, Lord we are only seen as a good person because of the work on the Cross by Jesus. We are only called righteous or good because of your Son. Thank you for your grace.

When the earth is crumbling, as it appears it is more so every day, what can we do? We run to you, sitting high on your mountain throne in heaven. We know that from that vantage point, you have your eyes on earth, you see everything. You test those who are honest. You despise those who are cruel and who love violence. Give us your eyes, Father. Let us see the way you see. Let us see the potential for good in everyone. Thank you for giving each person a choice in loving you or loving evil.

May your judgement pour down in your wrath. We thank you that your grace is swift to those who run to you. Thank you for loving justice. Thank you for your plan to ultimately put everything right in this world. Thank you that one day, those who call out to you, who repent before you, one day, we will see your loving face. And we will worship. In glory and in truth.

Your truth.

We love you and pray today in Jesus’ name. Amen.

(c) 2020. Rich Ronald.

Psalm 10

Today we continue an ambitious project! For the next nine months, you and I will get the opportunity to read through, and more importantly, pray through the Psalms together. 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 don’t understand when you feel far away. We draw near to you today, God. Help us. We need you. We always need you, God. We cannot do life without you.

We look at the proud and arrogant and wonder why you let them continue in their ways. They boast in their own success. They curse and hate you, Lord. They do not seek you nor care about your holy ways. They curse and tell lies. They plan evil and scheme ways to hurt innocent victims. They pounce like a wild beast and suggest that you are nowhere to be found.

But we know that is not true, oh God. You see our troubles and our distress. Do not forget the helpless. See our troubles caused by the merciless. Make them stop. We cry out to you with hope for you are our king. We trust in your unfailing grace.

We thank you that everyone who calls out to you is called your son or your daughter. There are no orphans in your Kingdom! One day your Kingdom will come on this earth and terror will cease. We thank you for that Day!

We thank you for taking our hand as we lift it to you, like a child who reaches for their parent! In Jesus’ name. Amen.

(c) 2020. Rich Ronald.

Psalm 9

Today we continue an ambitious project! For the next nine months, you and I will get the opportunity to read through, and more importantly, pray through the Psalms together. 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 praise you, Lord, Yahweh, with all our hearts. We will tell the world about all your wonders, all your miracles, day after day. We celebrate, we rejoice, we sing praises! You are the One True God. The Most High God. There is none like you!

When our enemies see you, they stumble, they are destroyed. You are the great judge. Your decisions are right and fair. You have upheld our cause. You have called out the godless nations for their unbelief. You will destroy the wicked. You will wipe out their names forever. The names of Your enemies and our enemies will be blotted out once and for all. Their cities will be torn down. Their memory a vapor.

You, oh God, will rule forever from your great throne. Your judgement is true. You are just. You judge the world fairly. We thank you that the poor can run to you and find comfort in times of trouble. It doesn’t matter if they are poor in possessions or poor in spirit. We thank you that everyone who honors your name can trust you. You are faithful. Your home is a safe house where everyone can find rest. You will never forsake those who seek you.

We will sing about you to the nations, oh Lord, Yahweh, because we desire everyone to know of your great love and mercy.  Thank you that you do not ignore the cries of the afflicted. You punish the guilty with justice.

Have mercy on us all, oh God. Our enemies knock at our doors and mistreat us. Be kind to us. Keep us from gates of death so that we may proclaim your praises at the gate to Zion and rejoice in your gift of salvation.

The godless nations are trapped in their evil ways, in their own pits. You have shown your merciful hand, your ways of justice. Thank you.

Thank you that you will never forget about those who are poor and homeless. No, they will always find a place of rest in your home. They will always find true hope at your front  door.

For those who mistreat the poor and homeless, judge them for their evil ways. For the nations who turn their back on you and your children, shake them, God. Let them know just how weak they are and that they need you. We confess that need you too and we humbly pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

(c) 2020. Rich Ronald.

Psalm 8

Today we continue an ambitious project! For the next nine months, you and I will get the opportunity to read through, and more importantly, pray through the Psalms together. 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.

Lord. Abba. God.

Your Name is Wonderful! Your Name is Majestic! Your Name is Brilliant! Let your glory shine in every corner of the earth.

Thank you for the praises of infants. Their cooing and giggles releases armies of angels. Thank you for the shouts of children. Their laughter drowns your enemies and silences the unbeliever. You have established your fortress through the lips of our children. Thank you!

Lord, when we look skyward, when we see your creativity unleashed in the clouds, the stars, the moon, we ponder, “Why? What is it about us? Why do you consider us? What is it about us that you find so encouraging?”

You made man, woman, the children and infants to be just lower than the angels that serve at your throne. You shine your love and favor on us. And you’ve put us in charge of the earth, the flocks that graze in the lowlands, the wild beasts of the forests, even the birds in the sky and the fish in the sea. You given them all to us.

You are amazing, oh God! You are Yahweh, our Ruler. How majestic is your Name everywhere on earth!

We praise you, in Jesus’ name, Amen!

(c) 2020. Rich Ronald.

Psalm 7

Today we continue an ambitious project! For the next nine months, you and I will get the opportunity to read through, and more importantly, pray through the Psalms together. 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.

Lord. Abba. God.

Today we proclaim you are our protector. We find refuge only in you. We run to you to seek shelter in your arms. Some days, the wickedness of the world is close and all around. It chases us down. Its desire is our ruin. Father, please deliver us from evil.

Thank you for your forgiveness and your grace. We would welcome our defeat in exchange for betrayal. But, because of the work of Jesus on our behalf, we are innocent. May we be quick to forgive and equally swift to offer grace.

God we proclaim that you are holy. Your ways are just and true. We asked you to stand strong against those who would come against you. Judge the nations. You know every heart. Thank you for being our Rock, our Redeemer, our Shield. Protect those who obey you. Bring an end to violence and wickedness. May you issue your swift judgement against those who plan and produce harm. And may those who conceive trouble fall into the pit they’ve dug. May the evil they’ve planned backfire on them.

We worship you, Lord, Yahweh, for you are the Most High God. You always do right. You make things right. We sing praises to your Name.

With our hands lifted to Heaven, we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

(c) 2020. Rich Ronald.

Psalm 6

Today we continue an ambitious project! For the next nine months, you and I will get the opportunity to read through, and more importantly, pray through the Psalms together. 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.

Lord. Abba. God.

Have mercy. May your grace shine on me. Please don’t correct me when you are angry. Show love and compassion. Have mercy and heal my body, for I am weary. I hurt. I am in deep distress. How long, Lord? How much longer? Come to my rescue, please, Father! Show me your unfailing love. Save me. For if I die, I cannot proclaim your praises. I am weary from the constant attacks at night. My pillow is soaked with tears and my bed from sweat. I cannot see for my eyes are weak because of my enemies.

I know you hear my anguish. Dismiss my enemies! They who hate me because I love you and trust you.

Thank you for turning your ears to my voice and your face to my eyes. Thank you for answering my prayer and my pleas for mercy.

My enemies will be overcome with their guilt and shame. They will flee in complete disgrace. Thank you Lord!

We open our hands and our hearts to you in Jesus’ name. Amen.

(c) 2020. Rich Ronald.