Psalm 4

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 Monday’s 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 today that you are our God and our protector. Hear our prayer. Thank you that once I was in terrible distress, but you set me free. Hear our prayer today. Forgive us when we refuse to respect you and your ways and your people. Forgive us when we pursue foolishness instead of your righteousness.

Thank you for choosing me, oh God. Thank for choosing anyone who is faithful to you. Please help us to be faithful. Forgive me, forgive us, when we sin, when we are not faithful. Search our heart, oh God. May we trust in your unfailing love.

Thank you, God, that you are good to us. As the psalmist prayed so do we: “Let your kindness, Lord, Yahweh, shine brightly on us.” You have brought us a rich harvest of blessings, happiness and joy. More than just bread and wine, grain and grapes. Thank you that in You, we have more than enough! Always.

And thank you for rest… that we can lie down and sleep soundly, because you, Lord, keep us safe. Thank you again for being our protector, the One in whom we find complete peace.

We offer this prayer today in Jesus’ name. Amen.

(c) 2020. Rich Ronald.

Psalm 2

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 yesterday’s 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 come to you today on behalf of the rulers and leaders of this world. We repent on their behalf, and we repent ourselves, when we make useless plans, when we turn against you, when we proclaim that we want to do things our own ways. We thank you for your righteous anger. We thank you that you, God, have holy standards that we can all aspire to uphold. And we thank you God that when we fail, and we fail regularly, that you have provided grace for each one us through your Son. Thank you, Father that you have given every nation to your Son. And you will honor your Son’s request to claim every land and every nation for your Kingdom.

Father we pray for every ruler of every land on this earth… that they would serve and honor the Lord. That they would rejoice and be glad. That they would respect your Son, Jesus, our Messiah and Lord. And we pray this prayer for us, and for our families.

We thank you for the promise that you bless and protect everyone who runs to you. Thank you that we can find true comfort, true peace, true shelter and true joy… only in your love and your grace.

We love you God and offer this prayer in Jesus’ name.

(c) 2020. Rich Ronald.

Psalm 1

Today we begin 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.

Each Sunday on all of the major podcast platforms there will be five new RichlySpeaking Podcast episodes that you can download for the week ahead. Or you can find them here each day, Monday through Friday. 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.

My prayer for all of us as we make time daily for the Word to speak to our hearts is echoed in Paul’s encouragement to the church at Colossae, in today’s Turkey: “Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.” (Colossians 3:16, NLT).

I’m thankful for you and look forward to refreshed souls and new insights into the heart of the Father.

God. Abba. Father.

Thank you that you bless those people who refuse to follow evil advice or be trapped into following sinners or those who mock your holy name. Thank you for filling us with your Holy Spirit so that we may embrace your word, your truths… and that by doing so we are happy and blessed… We find delight in meditating on your Word day and night… We find joy in thinking about ways to honor you and follow you. Thank you that we might be like a tree planted along a stream… a tree that never fails to bear fruit… Thank you that your ways lead to success!

Protect us from those who are evil… we don’t want to be known as someone who is blown like the wind… Thank you for your grace so that we won’t have an excuse on the day of judgement, that we will be received with others who call on your name. Thank you that you protect everyone who follows you. And Lord, we pray today for those who do not follow you, whose choices lead to ruin. May your Holy Spirit call them to you. May they bow their knees to you and your overwhelming grace.

We love you God and offer this prayer in Jesus’ name. Amen.

(c) 2020. Rich Ronald.

Praying Through The Psalms.

Good News! The RichlySpeaking Podcast launches on August 30th.

If you’ve enjoyed the blog at RichlySpeaking.com, you will likely discover a similar place of rest for your soul, finding inspiration, encouragement, and observation through the lens of Scripture.

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For the next several months we’re going to read through and pray through the book of Psalms together. There are 150 Psalms, which I’ve broken up into 180 separate readings — one for each day of the typical school year. Now, we know the ’20-’21 school year is going to look quite different than most. So, perhaps you are suddenly a homeschooling family, or you’re going to need to find a routine or rhythm this year, I’ll be here with five new episodes each week, beginning August 30th, so feel free to tune in daily. Maybe you can join me for a quiet start to the day, or a lunch break pause, or at bedtime… And we can be encouraged together, as we read through and pray through the Bible’s beautiful book of poetry, hymns, and personal journal entries by at least eight different authors. Each day, I’ll read the Psalm, or portion of the psalm, then pray through it.

Be sure to like, forward and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode. One of the reasons I love finding inspiration from the Bible every day is found in the Gospel of John. In Chapter 20, verse 31, he writes “these things are written, the Bible is written, so that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the son of the Living God and that believing you may find life in His name.” May you find life in Jesus’ name today. God bless you.

Five new episodes will be released each Sunday, beginning August 30, and continuing to May of 2021. I look forward to hearing how God blesses the reading and praying of His Word together.

Thanks for joining me.

(c) 2020. Rich Ronald.