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:
Shout praises to the Lord! Everyone who serves him, come and praise his name.
Let the name of the Lord be praised now and forever. From dawn until sunset the name of the Lord deserves to be praised.
The Lord is far above all of the nations; he is more glorious than the heavens.
No one can compare with the Lord our God. His throne is high above, and he looks down to see the heavens and the earth. God lifts the poor and needy from dust and ashes, and he lets them take part in ruling his people. When a wife has no children, he blesses her with some, and she is happy. Shout praises to the Lord!
Here is today’s prayer from Psalm 113:
God. Abba. Father.
We sing Hallelujah to you! We are humbled to be in your presence wherever we go. When we think of the multitudes of the past and all who will live in the future, we are counted among the blessed who sing your praises today. We thank you for the dawn. We are grateful for the sunset. We join with all creation in praising your name every minute of this day! Yes, from dawn to dusk. From east to west. We praise You. God of glory!
You are lifted up, higher than anything! You provide more safety than any nation. You give compassion greater than any ministry or service organization made by humans. Thank you! There is nothing on earth that compares with you. Even in our most vivid imagination, we cannot truly see the majesty of your throne of grace.
Yet, you are the One True God who has reached into our world with love and care. Everything you create, you have a plan to redeem. We thank you for creating us and redeeming us. You have rescued each one of us! Thank you. Yes, in your economy, you take the poorest of the poor and seat them among kings. You care deeply for the homeless, the widow, the childless, the orphan. You give each of them what they need most. Love.
And we rejoice! Because it is through your great Love, through Jesus, that you have provided all we have and all we need. Life. Life. And more life!
We love you in return as much as we can humanly love you, oh God.
We thank you for Jesus. We sing Hallelujah this day. Amen.
(c) 2021. Rich Ronald.