4.01.2009

praying today's psalm: psa 52

Why do you boast of evil, you mighty man?
Why do you boast all day long,
You who are a disgrace in the eyes of God?
Your tongue plots destruction;
It is like a sharpened razor,
You who practice deceit.
You love evil rather than good,
Falsehood rather than speaking the truth.
You love every harmful word,
O you deceitful tongue!
Surely God will bring you down to everlasting ruin:
He will snatch you up and tear you from your tent;
He will uproot you from the land of the living.
The righteous will see and fear;
They will laugh at him, saying,
“Here now is the man
Who did not make God his stronghold
But trusted in his great wealth
And grew strong by destroying others!”
But I am like an olive tree
Flourishing in the house of God;
I trust in God’s unfailing love
For ever and ever.
I will praise you forever for what you have done;
In your name I will hope, for your name is good.
I will praise you in the presence of your saints.

(Psa 52, NIV)

Father, we do trust that you will make things right. We do rest in the hope that in the end there will be justice, that evil will be destroyed. The wicked will not prosper, while the righteous suffer, forever. But keep us from being too quick to call for that justice, for we might be caught in it ourselves. You desire a humble and repentant heart. You desire a people who trust in your mercy and who delight in your presence. Forgive us, Lord, for everything we have trusted in apart from you. Forgive us, Lord, for everything that we have loved and delighted in before you. Forgive us for loving evil rather than good, for practicing evil rather than good. Make us a people who grow strong by serving others. Make us a people who trust not in wealth but in your unfailing love. Make us a people who hope in your name. Amen Amen

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