A Psalm and A Prayer
Psalm 97

L.G. Parkhurst, Jr.
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Psalm 97

Leader:  The Lord is king! Let the earth rejoice! Righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.

People: The heavens proclaim his righteousness; and all the peoples behold his glory.

Leader: All worshipers of images are put to shame, those who make their boast in worthless idols; all gods bow down before him.

People: For you, O Lord, are most high over all the earth. You are exalted far above all gods.

Leader: The Lord loves those who hate evil. He guards the lives of his faithful . He rescues them from the hand of the wicked.

People: Light dawns for the righteous, and joy for the upright in heart. Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous, and give thanks to his holy name!

Lord God, we rejoice in Your presence this day, for You are the Lord over all the earth. You reign as the Almighty King, and You rule with true justice over all people and nations. With infinite and steadfast love, You extend Your mercy toward all who will turn to You in faith and repentance. O Father, we praise You and honor You with thankful hearts, because Your only Son, our only Savior, Jesus Christ, forgives us and washes away all our sins. Fill us with Your Holy Spirit, so we can walk in Your ways as people of prayer, even 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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