A Psalm and A Prayer
Psalm 79

L.G. Parkhurst, Jr.
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Psalm 79

Leader: Do not remember against us the iniquities of our ancestors.

People: Let your compassion come speedily to meet us, for we are brought very low.

Leader: O God, the nations have come into your inheritance. They have defiled your holy temple. They have laid Jerusalem in ruins.

People: Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of your name.

Leader: Deliver us, and forgive our sins, for your name’s sake.

People: Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?”

Leader: According to your great power preserve us.

People: Then we your people, the flock of your pasture, will give thanks to you forever. From generation to generation we will recount your praise.

O God, sometimes we feel surrounded by our enemies. Sometimes those we have elected to lead us have turned from You and have brought us disgrace. Our enemies mock You, the God we serve, and they ridicule us for trusting in You as King of the universe. Sometimes we also feel as though we will always lose the battles against sin and temptation within us. Grant us the victories we need as we pray in the name of Jesus Christ: “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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