I cried out to God for help; I cried out to God to hear me. When I was in distress, I sought the Lord; at night I stretched out untiring hands, and I would not be comforted.
I remembered you, God, and I groaned; I meditated, and my spirit grew faint. You kept my eyes from closing; I was too troubled to speak. I thought about the former days, the years of long ago; I remembered my songs in the night. My heart meditated and my spirit asked:
“Will the Lord reject forever? Will he never show his favor again? Has his unfailing love vanished forever? Has his promise failed for all time? Has God forgotten to be merciful? Has he in anger withheld his compassion?”
Then I thought, “To this I will appeal: the years when the Most High stretched out his right hand. I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. I will consider all your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds.”
Deliver, O most merciful God, those little ones of thy flock who have fallen into sin. Remember not their offences, but set them free from the snare of the enemy. Prosper with the help of the Holy Spirit the endeavors of all who are seeking to train them for good. Grant that following after humility and being made partakers of thy heavenly wisdom, they may be strengthened to the performance of thy will and may be restored to the perfect fellowship of thy saints; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed. This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him and saved him out of all his troubles.
O Lord our God, reveal to us your heart and character so that we in turn will yield our hearts, minds and wills to obey your commands. It is in listening and hearing from you that we can set our hearts to obey your commands and follow your instructions.
We recognize that our craving for wisdom, deliverance, and freedom can only be fulfilled in you, so grant us the patience to listen to your wisdom and the courage to apply our minds to your knowledge. Our cry in this hour is “that we may know you.” We understand that to “know you” is a lifelong process. A lifelong process of seeking after you and a lifelong process of searching for the good in life. It is only by so doing that we can come to know you, the eternal One, the supplier of wisdom, insight and knowledge.
Your help is readily available and granted upon request to those who seek after you. Grant us the grace of honesty because you are a shield to those who live honestly. You are our lifeguard and protection from those who act wickedly toward us. Your light, O God, gives us a clear path to follow and when we walk in that path of life our personhood is solidified, our joy is complete, we survive our trials, and our wicked enemies are destroyed before our eyes. These great acts we will not forget.
Now then, my children, listen to me; blessed are those who keep my ways. Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not disregard it. Blessed are those who listen to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway. For those who find me find life and receive favor from the Lord. But those who fail to find me harm themselves; all who hate me love death. Continue reading →