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A Psalm and A Prayer
Psalm 82

L.G. Parkhurst, Jr.
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Psalm 82

Leader: God has taken his place in the divine council to hold judgment!

People: He asks the rulers, “How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked?”

Leader: Give justice to the weak and the orphan. Maintain the right of the lowly and the destitute.

People: Rescue the weak and the needy. Deliver them from the hand of the wicked.

Leader: The wicked have neither knowledge nor understanding. They walk around in darkness. All the foundations of the earth are shaken.

People: Rise up, O God, judge the earth; for all the nations belong to you!

O God, we praise You and thank You for Your watch care over us and all Your people on Earth. We know that You hold the wicked accountable for their deeds. You require justice and mercy from the rulers of the nations. O God, show us what we can do as Your people to uphold justice and extend mercy to all in every way that we wisely can. As You bestow blessings upon us, help us to be opened handed with our gifts, so we can help the weak and needy. Give healing to all those who are sick, and help us to intercede for others daily, even as we pray in Jesus’ Name: “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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