Sunday, September 12, 2010

A Psalm, a Prayer, and our Number

Our new number is 29.  Included below is the text of Psalm 29 (an amazing Psalm) and our prayer as we apply Psalm 29 to our lives.

1 Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
2 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.

3 The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
the God of glory thunders,
the Lord, over many waters.
4 The voice of the Lord is powerful;
the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.

5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon.
6 He makes Lebanon to skip like a calf,
and Sirion like a young wild ox.

7 The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire.
8 The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;

9 The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth
and strips the forests bare,
and in his temple all cry, “Glory!”

10 The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
the Lord sits enthroned as king forever.
11 May the Lord give strength to his people!
May the Lord bless his people with peace!

Reflecting on the Psalm through prayer:
God, we desire to ascribe glory to Your name through our lives.  You are worthy of our praise, worthy our life’s focus. 
God, Your voice is powerful.  Your voice echoes through our lives - leading us to Your purpose, calming us with Your peace, bending us low as we hear Your thunder.  God, Your powerful voice not only strips the forest bare, but also tenderly makes the deer give birth.  We know that same voice calls to the orphan and says, “I am your Father.”
God, as You sat enthroned over the flood, may we know that You are also sitting enthroned when our world of adoption-unpredictability whirls around seemingly out of control.  May we know that Your plan is in perfect motion, never straying from purpose or finding a piece out of place. 
May You give strength to us, and bless us with Your peace.  Amen.

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