Sunday, February 13, 2011

A prayer for today

The heavens proclaim Your glory, Lord.
The skies display Your craftsmanship.
Day after day the world You created continues to speak;
Night after night, it makes You known.
Nature speaks without saying a word;
its voice is never heard.
Yet the message goes out to all the earth,
And the words to the all the world.
You have made a home in the heavens for the sun,
It bursts forth like a radiant bridegroom after his wedding.
It rejoices like a great athlete eager for the race.
The sun rises and sets as You ordain and nothing can hide from it.
Your instructions are perfect, reviving my soul.
Your decrees are trustworthy, giving me wisdom.
Your commandments are right, bringing joy to my heart.
Your commands are clear, giving me insight for living.
Reverence for You is pure, lasting forever.
Your laws are true and each one is fair.
Your laws are more desirable than gold,
Sweeter than honey.
They are a warning to me and a great reward if I obey.
How can I know all the sin lurking in my heart?
Cleanse me, Lord, from these hidden faults.
Keep me from deliberate sin, don’t let them control me!
Then I will be free from guilt and innocent of great sin.
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to You,
O Lord, my rock and redeemer!

-Taken from Psalm 19

Thursday, February 10, 2011

A prayer

Preserve me, O God, for in You I take shelter and refuge.
You are my Lord; I have no good apart from You.
The saints here on Earth and those who have gone before are my heroes!
Those who chase other vain, empty gods will be sorry.
I refuse to follow after them or even mention them to You, Lord.
You are my chosen portion and my cup;
You hold my lot.
I have a beautiful inheritance in You!
I bless You, Lord, who give me counsel;
In the night, You hold my heart and instruct me.
I will set You always before me.
Because You are with me, I will not be shaken.
And so my heart is glad and my soul rejoices;
My body also is secure.
You will not abandon me to this hell on Earth.
You make known to me the path of Life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy!
At Your feet are pleasures forever!

-Taken from Psalm 16