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Psalm 150

Here is today’s prayer from Psalm 150:

God. Abba. Father.

Hallelujah! We praise you, LORD! We thank you for this beautiful conclusion of these prayers, hymns and ancient writings. They speak with love and strength and grace and power for today as well.

With all our being and with every kind of musical lyric and instrument, we offer our loudest and most joyous praise! When we think of heaven with its majestic throne and sparkling rivers of life, we know the language of eternity will not be English or Spanish or even Hebrew. The language of heaven is joyful worship and eternal praise!

Your every deed is too marvelous to describe. Your surpassing greatness has no words. All we can do is sing. From the bottom of our hearts! With every breath we take and every word we speak and every step we take, we give you glory and honor and praise!

We make a joyful roar of praise to you today! We join with every living creature in praising you, our Lord and King! Hallelujah!

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.

(c) 2021. Rich Ronald.

Psalm 149

Here is today’s prayer from Psalm 149:

God. Abba. Father.

Hallelujah! We sing to you, oh Great King! It’s a new day so we sing a new song. We praise you for your faithfulness yesterday. When we gather today, we will testify to your love for us. We will tell of your wonders that have recently occurred in our lives. The healings. The provision. The impossible.

And we will sing with joyful instruments and a beautiful dance! Your word says you delight in us. You crown your humble children with the victory of salvation! We are blessed! So, we will sing as we worship, as we walk about our day, even as we lie down in sleep tonight.

You have given us the authority to defeat the enemy by the power of your word. The Word is Jesus. He is our strength and our battle sword. Thank you! When we are being attacked by the troubles of this life, we remember why Jesus came. When sickness takes the vitality from our bones, we will sing songs of the promise of healing. When our checkbooks are running on empty, we will proclaim assurances of your provision. When our hearts are broken and grieving, we will remember with hope the unconditional love and compassion you have for us. When the path is dark and confusing, we will say with confidence, “God will make a way!”

That is what makes us sing! We love you and worship you today! Praise your name! Jesus!

Hallelujah!

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.

(c) 2021. Rich Ronald.

Psalm 148

Here is today’s prayer from Psalm 148:

God. Abba. Father.

We join with all creation today in praising you! We adore you. We honor you. We celebrate you. We admire you. We love you, Lord. You are the One True God. You have made everything in all creation.

We join with the stars, the sun, and the moon as they shine brightly proclaiming your governance over seasons. We accompany the clouds in singing your praises as they bring respite from the heat and give us water for our good. You made the heavens to last forever. Yet, we thank you for the promise that your Word, your Son, Jesus, will truly stand for all time.

We ponder the creatures of the sea and how they worship you with every wave of a fin. We are amazed at the strength of the tallest trees as they tower above the shrubs, their branches waving in adoration to you, their Creator. We see the animals of the forests as they live day by day. We thank you for our daily provision.

We stand with people of different backgrounds and races on the other side of the world who worship you. We are humbled to join your people everywhere, especially with those who speak or act differently than we do, as we all sing “Hallelujah!” We pray for unity among the nations. May we rejoice in both the things we have in common as well as the things that are different about each one of us. We are all your children. You have ordained that we all praise you, our Father and our God. Yours is only name worthy of praise!

May there be peace in The Land. May there be peace in our hearts.

Thank you for loving us all.

Because of Jesus,

Hallelujah!

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.

(c) 2021. Rich Ronald.

Psalm 147

Here is today’s prayer from Psalm 147:

God. Abba. Father.

We sing and shout praises to you, Lord.  It is good. It is right. It is beautiful. Yes, praising you is all of that and so much more. For you are the One True God. Everything that is right is this world is at your hand.

You will bring your people back home to Jerusalem once again. You are doing what you said you would do, Jesus. You are healing the brokenhearted. You are bringing sight to the blind. You are setting the captives free. Thank you Jesus!

God, you are immense. You know each of the stars, by name. You are mighty. We thank you that when we bow before you, you lift us up. And to those who are wicked, you dash them to the ground. Teach us to be humble. We pray for the arrogant and the self-centered. May we all know your great love and compassion by the cross of grace.

We celebrate! We praise you! You are in control of this great earth. You make the rain and snow fall. The earth obeys your commands. You are our provider. We always have enough. It is hard for us to understand this truth: you delight in us. We are your people. We trust you. We worship you. You bless us.

You allow us to live in peace. We pray for the peace of Jerusalem and the Land of Israel. May your Kingdom come to the Land, and all the earth, as it is in heaven.

We shout praises to your holy name!

We thank you for Jesus,

Amen.

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.

(c) 2021. Rich Ronald.

Psalm 146

Here is today’s prayer from Psalm 146:

God. Abba. Father.

Hallelujah! Praise your name! As long as we have breath, we will sing songs of great acclaim for you are worthy. Teach us to trust you every moment of every day. Forgive us when we elevate family, friends, jobs, or even churches and their leaders over you. Our greatest hope and confidence in this life is in you, the One True God. You are the one who blesses us. Thank you.

You are the one who made the heavens and the earth. You always keep your promises to us. You are faithful to all. We thank you for seeing that justice is given to the poor and the wronged. You feed the hungry. You free us all from those things that hold us back. You help us all to see the people of this world as you see them. You lift us up when we stumble and fall. You defend the orphan and widow. You love those who worship you.

You will reign forever and ever. You are in control. You are the God of the universe. You care for the plans of governments and desire peace among the nations. Yet you also care for how things are going in our lives and among our families. We are humbled by your love for us.

We praise you. We proclaim our love to you.

Through Jesus.

Amen.

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.

(c) 2021. Rich Ronald.

Psalm 145

Here is today’s prayer from Psalm 145:

God. Abba. Father.

It’s a new day to praise your name, oh great King! You are wonderful. You are faithful. You are great! You deserve all praise.

We pray for the generation that will follow us. And the next one. May they know you with awe and love and continue to tell the next generation of your faithfulness. As we walk about your creation, we see your glory and ponder the miracles we have witnessed in our lives. We pray for our children and their children. Be kind and generous to them. Bring them to a point where they worship you. Open their eyes to see your mercy. Open their hearts to receive your grace.

Thank you for being so compassionate to us all. You are patient with us, Lord. You are slow to anger. You love us and keep loving us, despite our failures and stubbornness. We want to be known as people who speak of your glory and power more than our own successes. We see beauty at your hands. We must tell others of your splendor!

We trust you, Father. You keep your promises. You help us up when we stumble. We ask you to meet our emotional, spiritual, physical, and mental needs today. Give us love, courage and faithfulness in our families and marriages.

Everything you do is kind and right and is motivated by your love for us. We are humbled. When we seek you first, you give us the desires of our heart. When we ask for help you are near. You take care of those who bow their knees to your loving grace.

We praise you! Our hearts are filled with joy. May every living creature praise your holy name.

We love you Jesus, our Messiah.

Amen.

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.

(c) 2021. Rich Ronald.

Psalm 144

Here is today’s prayer from Psalm 144:

God. Abba. Father.

We praise you today! Thank you for being with us, always! You are our rock, our fortress. You train us for life. You teach us how to succeed and how to persevere when we face adversity. We find safety and we rest securely in you, our refuge.

Sometimes we wonder why you care for us. The length of our lives, in the scope of eternity, is but a vapor. Yet, we were created in your image. We are all cherished in your sight. You love us unconditionally. You care deeply for us. Thank you.

Show your mighty strength to the nations. Show your power to every person. We know confidently that you will deliver us and rescue us when we are tied up by our sin or by those who oppose peace and grace. You came to set the captive free, to allow us to see the way you see, to heal the brokenhearted. We praise you!

Yes, we sing a new song to you, our great King! We find freedom in you alone! You will release us from the grip of those who tell lies. We seek your face. You are the way, and the truth, and the life!

We ask you to bless the next generation, our sons and daughters. May they flourish and be like mighty oaks – trees of righteousness. We open our hands and ask that you might bless us with every spiritual and physical blessing. You are our provider. You are our protector.

You are the One True God. We praise you. You are our King! We thank you! We are blessed.

Because of Jesus,

Amen.

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.

(c) 2021. Rich Ronald.

Psalm 143

Here is today’s prayer from Psalm 143:

God. Abba. Father.

Hear our prayer. You are faithful and true. We trust you. We know you will come to our aid. We ask for your wisdom today. We know we are sinners. We all are. There is only one who is perfect. And through the grace of Jesus, we know we have mercy.

Some days we don’t have a clue. We are in darkness. Nothing we do is right. There are people and spiritual forces all around us that want to harm us, that want to defeat us. Our hearts are heavy. We are crushed. We are weary. We can’t do enough to climb out of this pit.

And then, we remember your faithfulness. You have always been unswerving, Lord. Thank you! We stretch out our hands lifting them high above our heads, palms up to receive from you, just a like a small flower growing from a rocky crag in the desert. We plead: “Come Holy Spirit, fill our thirsty souls!”

As this new day dawns, we desire you more than anything. The sky is filled with streaks of orange and blue and white. We are thankful for fresh starts. We know you will teach us today. You will wrap your arm around our shoulders and show us the way to go. You do this every single day because you love us. You are our God. Your gentle Spirit leads us in the way we are to go.

We are your servants. Protect us from evil. We love you.

We thank you for Jesus.

Amen.

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.

(c) 2021. Rich Ronald.

Psalm 142

Here is today’s prayer from Psalm 142:

God. Abba. Father.

We thank you for being with us today. Even if no one else is. When we are alone and our heart is full of worry and trouble, you are here to listen and comfort and guide us to the truth. You show us the way to go. You watch over our coming and our going. You care deeply for us. Thank you!

You are our hiding place. You are our safe place. Only you truly know us. You are our strength. Even when we are weary. Even when we are grumpy. Even when we feel trapped in our homes or in the perfect relationship or with the best job. Remind us today that Jesus came to free us all from those things that hold us back. Jesus came to heal our broken hearts. Jesus came to show us the way to see the truth. You are our rescuer, our lifeline. We grab onto your outstretched arm.

We will praise you and tell others of how you set us free, how you healed our hearts and how you opened our eyes. You have given us friends that will celebrate and praise you with us. We rejoice in your blessings to us.

Because of Jesus,

Amen.

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.

(c) 2021. Rich Ronald.

Psalm 141

Here is today’s prayer from Psalm 141:

God. Abba. Father.

Thank you for hearing our voices when we call out to you. You are the One True God. May our prayers be pleasing to you, as sweet as the fragrance of lavender. We lift our hands to you. With humility, we offer ourselves and surrender to your loving plans for our lives.

Help us to post a spiritual sentry over our hearts and mouths so that we will only think good of others and speak words of comfort or encouragement. Protect us from the evil one or those who conspire wickedness. May we accept correction with kindness and grace, as you have offered love and compassion to us.

Let us keep our eyes fixed on our Messiah, Jesus, who is our shepherd, our leader, our coach, our savior, and our friend. With joy, he endured suffering and scorn. With strength, he stood his ground against evil. With vision, he knew that his battles were not with the people who nailed his arms to a cross.

You are our Lord, our God, and King. We hold our hands out to you. Protect us. Lead us. Guide us with your Holy Spirit. The wicked will fall into their own traps. We will not be harmed.

Thank you, Jesus.

Amen.

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.

(c) 2021. Rich Ronald.