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A Psalm and A Prayer
Psalm 140

L.G. Parkhurst, Jr.
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Psalm 140

Leader: Deliver me, O LORD, from evildoers. Protect me from those who are violent, who plan evil things in their minds and stir up wars continually.

People: They make their tongue sharp as a snake’s. Under their lips is the venom of vipers.

Leader: Guard me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked. Protect me from the violent who have planned my downfall.

People: The arrogant have hidden a trap for me, and with cords they have spread a net. Along the road they have set snares for me.

Leader: I say to the LORD, “You are my God; give ear, O LORD, to the voice of my supplications.” O LORD, my Lord, my strong deliverer, You have covered my head in the day of battle.

People: I know that the LORD maintains the cause of the needy. He executes justice for the poor. Surely the righteous shall give thanks to Your name. The upright shall live in Your presence.

Lord Jesus, we live in a troubled world and suffer from those who do evil. Very often, our Christian family and friends face great dangers while serving You. Many who remain faithful to You suffer at the hands of those whose thoughts are filled with violence. Deliver us from temptation and save us from our enemies, that we might always honor and serve You as we pray, “Our Father. . .”

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Psalm 100

Leader: Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.

People: Worship the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!

Leader: Know that the Lord is God.

People: It is he that made us, and we are his. We are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Leader: Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name.

People: For the Lord is good. His steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.

Father in heaven, on this Resurrection Sunday, we praise You for giving us the assurance of life after death by the resurrection of Your Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, from the dead. We also praise Jesus today. Because of His faithful obedience to You, an obedience that perfectly fulfilled Your law, He became worthy to die in our place. Lord Jesus, we thank You for dying on the cross so our sins could be justly forgiven. Father, we thank You for our faith in You and in Jesus; faith that You have inspired within our hearts by Your grace. Now, fill us once again with Your Holy Spirit, that we might live in a worthy manner and demonstrate Your love to others; fill us even as we pray: “Our Father. . .”

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