A Prayer for the Week – April 22, 2020

1 I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise; 2 I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word. 3 On the day I called, you answered me; my strength of soul you increased. 4 All the kings of the earth shall give you thanks, O Lord, for they have heard the words of your mouth, 5 and they shall sing of the ways of the Lord, for great is the glory of the Lord. 6 For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly, but the haughty he knows from afar. 7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and your right hand delivers me. 8 The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands. (Psalm 138, ESV)

Father, we thank you that your love and faithfulness are steadfast, especially in a world continually in flux. The glory of your name and word, the glory of your character and truth is over and above everything we see and know. You have revealed your Word and your Name in Jesus, he is the Risen and Exalted King, whose word brought creation into existence out of nothing and who upholds all things by the word of his power. Yet, when we call to you, you hear and answer so that our strength and boldness are renewed. The time will come when the rulers of this age will humble themselves before you. And now, even as you are exalted and we are low, you have regard for us. If we should boast in our power, achievement, or possessions you would be distant from us. But because we need you desperately, we need your strength, provision, truth, and comfort, you draw us near. You are near to the humble. You are near to the brokenhearted. When we walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve our lives. Surely your goodness and mercy will follow us all the days of our lives. Even in death, your strong right hand will deliver us, just as Jesus was raised. You will not abandon our lives to the grave. Your purpose will be fulfilled in our lives because of your great and steadfast love for us. So Lord, don’t forsake the work you’ve begun in us. We know you will bring it to completion upon the day of Christ Jesus. And while we await that day, may we wait with patience and endurance, persevering until we see you face to face and all things are set to rights. Amen.

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