A Psalm and A Prayer
Psalm 119 f

L.G. Parkhurst, Jr.
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Psalm 119 f

Leader: I have longed for your precepts; in your righteousness give me life.

People: Let your steadfast love come to me, O LORD, your salvation according to your promise.

Leader: I will keep your law continually, forever and ever.

People: I shall walk at liberty, for I have sought your precepts.

Leader: I will also speak of your decrees before kings, and shall not be put to shame; I find my delight in your commandments, because I love them.

People: I revere your commandments, which I love, and I will meditate on your statutes.

Heavenly Father, on this first Sunday in a New Year, we look forward with eager and expectant hearts to the plans and purposes You have in store for us. As we move into the future, we trust fully in Your love, guidance, and provision. When we feel tempted to worry about uncertainties, remind us of the many promises in Your word, that we might be encouraged to trust even more completely in Your tender mercies. Today, we also pray for those who do not know You and Your Son, our Lord and Savior, and we ask that You would help us reach out to them with the Good News of Salvation. For the love and glory of Jesus Christ we pray, Amen.

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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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