Praying the Psalms

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This devotional is written by Charlotte Anderson. Charlotte is queen of all things prayer at St Mary's.

Psalm 19 and prayer

Psalm 19 - The Passion Translation

God's Witnesses

For the Pure and Shining One

A poem of praise by King David, his loving servant

Part 1 - God's Story in the Skies

19 God's splendor is a tale that is told,

 written in the stars.[a]

 Space itself speaks his story

 through the marvels of the heavens.

 His truth is on tour in the starry vault of the sky,

 showing his skill in creation's craftsmanship.

Lord, thank you for the wonder of the stars. thank you for that vast expand so great that we can't even begin to comprehend it.

It's expanse demonstrates your expansiveness, your vastness, your ability to go way beyond our comprehension.

God thank you for the moment of wonder when we look up at the night sky and see the canvas of glittering lights in the darkness, when we see pictures of the beauty of the Milk way and I pray that we would have a moment of Wonder right now as we look to you, as we seek to see your face.

Thank you for your skill and your creativeness and thank you for the skills that you've placed in each of us, that we are walking Witnesses of who you are and what you are like because we each bear you image and reflect your character

2 Each day gushes out its message[b] to the next,

 night by night whispering its knowledge to all--

3 without a sound, without a word, without a voice being heard,

4 yet all the world can hear its echo.

 Everywhere its message goes out.

 What a heavenly home God has set for the sun,

 shining in the superdome of the sky!

5 See how he leaves his celestial chamber each morning,

 radiant as a bridegroom ready for his wedding,

 like a day-breaking champion eager to run his course.

6 He rises on one horizon, completing his circuit on the other,

 warming lives and lands with his heat.

Thank you for the wonder of the Sun for the way the just being in it's warmth and brightness can change the way we feel about an entire day.

 God thank you for the way that the sun nurtures and grows. Thank you for how this mirrors you at work in our lives. For way the sun mirrors how you carefully nurture and sustain us with your love. That just like the sun rises every single morning, you rise every single morning and are there beside us every step of every day. That you are constant and faithful and we can rely on you. Lord thank you that without a sound without a word the whole world can see who you are through your very creation. We pray that today so many people would just have a moment of Wonder of awe and awareness of something greater than themselves. Lord that you would help us to step outside of ourselves and connect with you.

 Part 2 - God's Story in the Scriptures

7 Yahweh's Word[c] is perfect in every way;

 how it revives our souls!

 Lord as we connect with your word this morning, as we listen to this Psalm would you revive us. Lord not by might, nor by power but by your spirit. I pray that you would wake us up, that you would revive us. That you would make rivers flow in the wilderness. God I thank you that your word is alive and living and I pray right now it was revive our souls

 Yahweh's laws lead us to truth,

 and his ways change the simple into wise.

8 Yahweh's teachings are right and make us joyful;

 his precepts are so pure!

 Yahweh's commands challenge us to keep close to his heart!

 The revelation-light of his Word makes my spirit shine radiant.

9 Yahweh's decrees are trustworthy.

 The fear of Yahweh is pure, enduring forever.

Father God we pray for your wisdom. Thank you for all the germs are found in your word, for the way that it can speak so clearly as if it was written directly to us. Where we might be seeking answers and truth and clarity right now, I thank you that your words hold the answers. I pray that you would speak so clearly to us. That as we take this time to connect with you, to read your word would you fill us with joy. Please help us keep you and your ways close to our hearts that we would shine radiantly and overflow with your spirit

10 The rarest treasures of life are found in his truth.

 That's why God's Word is prized like others prize the finest gold.

 Sweeter also than honey are his living words--

 sweet words dripping from the honeycomb!

 I pray, we would know that sweetness of when you speak to us. Thank you for all those moments in ministry, at church, in life, where we have heard you speak so clearly. Those moments that are so sweet and life-giving.

We pray that you would set a love for your word above other things in our hearts. That we would come back to you for life, that we would prize your word above anything else, that you would be the King of our hearts.

 Thank you that your words warn us and keeps us from Danger and going astray. Thank you that your words are protective God

Your word gives us a lifetime guarantee:

 great success to every obedient soul!

12 How would I discern the waywardness[d] of my heart?

 Lord, forgive my hidden flaws whenever you find them.

 Lord thank you that we can find forgiveness in you this week and come back to you time and time again. That we don't have to hold onto the things that weigh us down, that hurt us and hurt others, that we can give them back to you.

 Thank you for the Freedom that we find in seeking forgiveness and extending forgiveness.

13 Keep cleansing me, God,

 and keep me from my secret, selfish sins;

 may they never rule over me!

 For only then will I be free from fault

 and remain innocent of rebellion.

 Lord you know the things that we struggle with and we pray for breakthrough in those areas for each of us today. We pray that you would break those patterns and enable each of us to walk even more fully in your freedom.

 14 So may the words of my mouth, my meditation-thoughts,

 and every movement of my heart be always pure and pleasing,

 acceptable before your eyes, Yahweh,

 my only Redeemer, my Protector.

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