Sunday, June 12, 2016
"Ascribe to the LORD, O Heavenly Beings..." - 12 June 2016
From Psalm 29
Ascribe to the LORD, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness. Royal and regal God, who sits above all that claims our allegiances, and who is enthroned over all who are deified and idolized; we pray that you would bring all self-made divas and divinities (like youthfulness, money, health, many pop-musicians, movie stars, politicians; whatever we fawn over and grovel before) to see that there is no authority or acclaim outside of you and your control. Raise up the humble, and cast the wicked to the ground. And as we asked for earlier this morning in the doxology, may all that is in heaven, on the earth and under the earth come join with us and worship you in all of your splendor and steadfast love. Hear our prayer, O Lord, and let our cry come to you!
The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD, over many waters. The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty. We beseech you that your voice would go far and wide; your word would run free and unshackled that all may hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ, be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. To this end, we pray for our team as we head out tomorrow to Carnegie; also our July Mega Sports VBS; John Robert and Mary; Youngs; Iversons; Pardigons; Butlers; Berrys; Shepherds; and Hatefields; may your work prosper in our hands. Hear our prayer, O Lord, and let our cry come to you!
The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars; the LORD breaks the cedars of Lebanon. He makes Lebanon to skip like a calf, and Sirion like a young wild ox. Please continue to supply us with the moderate portion of rains and showers. Watch over us during this tornado season and preserve us. Thank you that the earthquakes are lessening and for the actions behind that. Grant that our farming, cattle industry, trade and commerce would burgeon. Raise up restored and rejoicing all who are going through rigorous regimens of treatment and those being ruthlessly wracked by grief, guilt, and depression… And Lord, bless the married, and the single, filling our marriages and singleness with your joy, peace, health and most of all – with you. Hear our prayer, O Lord, and let our cry come to you!
The voice of the LORD flashes forth flames of fire. The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness; the LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh. The voice of the LORD makes the deer give birth and strips the forests bare, and in his temple all cry, “Glory!” Preserve our forest department as they send out teams to fight fires in the U.S., and also bring the fires in Canada under control and put out. Restrain and rule our nation that all may continue to be able to freely enter your temple and cry out “Glory to God in the highest.” Hear our prayer, O Lord, and let our cry come to you!
The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD sits enthroned as king forever. May the LORD give strength to his people! May the LORD bless his people with peace! And finally, Holy God our Father, we implore your continued protection, provision and promotion of your Church here, world-over, and especially in Jamaica; Japan; Jordan; Kazakhstan; Kenya; Kiribati; North and South Korea; Kosovo; Kuwait and Kyrgyzstan. Give strength to your people, bless your people with peace, and show that you are enthroned as king forever. Hear our prayer, O Lord, and let our cry come to you!