Tag Archives: Psalms

What the World Needs Now is Mercy

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. These few words from Psalm 51 could be a daily prayer for most of us, even multiple times a day. … Continue reading

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A Little Worthlessness and a Lot of Love: A Pastoral Prayer

Holy and steadfast God, you have loved your wandering and distracted people for more generations than we can remember. You have forgiven us when we turned to other gods and regathered us when we scattered ourselves. Jeremiah speaks of a … Continue reading

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A Litany for the Penitent

God sets a table overflowing with grace and invites all who hunger and thirst to come and eat and be satisfied. Yet, we claim the table for ourselves alone and then fail to sit still and drink deeply. With generosity … Continue reading

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Bidding Prayer for Compassion

Come, let us pray for the Church throughout the world. (silence or a time for people to quietly give voice to their concerns) Eternal God, “Teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart.” Too often … Continue reading

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A Lenten Prayer for Mercy

In the midst of all that is, I cry out to you, O God. My words hold anger and outrage over the acts of hatred down the street and around the world. I want you to change the hearts of those … Continue reading

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A Few Words

Every time I read Psalm 68 I remember a Bible study group I led early in my career. Someone shared parts of this Psalm as the opening devotional, commenting particularly on the psalmist’s invitation to ascribe glory and power to … Continue reading

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A Path for God’s Steps

O God, you were favorable to your land; you restored the fortunes of Jacob. Like the ancient Israelites, we turn from your ways again and again without seeming to learn. Yet, your love for them, O Lord, never ended. You … Continue reading

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