Psalms

Old Testament Reference

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Defender of Absolute Truth

America is captured by the fantasy that truth and reality are whatever you want it to be. Biology, math, history and many other subjects are either racist or sexist and therefore should be seen as malleable in order to support whatever the latest narrative demands.

I know that there exists absolute truth. Your Scripture is the ultimate narrative concerning our existence. The origins of the universe are beyond scientific capture…the fundamental truth is…mankind consists of only two genders…in our natural state, mankind is evil. Without an unassailable “ought to” we’re incapable of sustaining anything except a self-centered perspective on morality.

Don’t leave us in the dark. Restore a sense of virtue and moral integrity to America. Give me the courage to shine Your light into the darkness.

AMEN

Scripture: “Only a fool would say, “There is no God!” People like that are worthless; they are heartless and cruel and never do right. Psalms 14:1

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Keeper of the Guard

When You tell me “No” I don’t always understand…but I always know You have my best at heart.

“No” is always difficult because the world’s options seem so enticing and being denied a “good time” seems uncaring. But no one loves me like You do.

“No”…You don’t want parent-less children, and You hate even more killing the unborn;

“No”…You don’t want drug addicts;

“No”…You don’t want broken marriages and broken families;

“No”…You don’t want victims of alcoholism;

“No:…You don’t want any authority to supersede Yours.

Anyone giving even tacit permission…any “Yes” in these…and many more similar situations are not loving and kind…but cruel and deceitful. Teach me…and teach others to honor Your wisdom and Your loving, “NO”. Rescue us from the permissive “Yes” that is destroying us.

AMEN

Scripture:  “You have done many things for us, O LORD our God; there is no one like you! You have made many wonderful plans for us. I could never speak of them all–their number is so great!” Psalms 40:5

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Father of all Nations

Looking at the mess we’ve made of things, it’s easy to question if we’ve been chosen to be blessed as You blessed Israel??? I acknowledge our unworthiness of Your love, forgiveness, and blessing.

You promised Israel…Your chosen people…created to represent You among the people on earth that You would pour out Your Spirit and bless them as they declared their dependence upon You…so You once blessed and defended America. But we no longer declare You’re our God. Please don’t abandon us even though we’ve been unfaithful. Restore in us the promise we once represented…teach us again how to let Christ shine through us to a dark and desperate world. You declare, “I am the first and last and there is no other God beside Me.”

May America once again reflect this truth.

AMEN

Scripture: “For as the skies are high above the earth, so his loyal love towers over his faithful followers.” Psalms 103:11

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Lord of Time

Twenty-two hundred years ago, on a Sunday much like today, You began a dramatic final week on Your way to Golgotha…on Your way to change history forever…to split time apart.

Only You knew what lie ahead the next few days…driving the moneychangers from the temple…rebuking hypocritical societal elites…celebrating a last supper (an event we still celebrate today)…betrayal…mock trials…brutal beatings…and crucifixion.

But the week began quite differently…Your triumphal entry into Jerusalem…the adoring crowds…Hosanas filled the air. Such excitement. Such expectations.

But the Hosanas soon turned to “Crucify Him!”

You knew what lie ahead and yet You walked resolutely into a future of devastating pain and torture. You did it for me. But not just me, for all mankind, for anyone willing to accept Your gift of eternal life.

AMEN

Scripture: “Shout with joy to the LORD, all the earth!”  Psalms 100:1

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Creator of Families

I am amazed at Your preeminent wisdom. The single greatest foundational support for stable functioning societies is stable functioning traditional families. You established them as part of Your creative plan for mankind and throughout recorded history traditional families have advanced the human condition and underpinned stable societies.

That truth remains today…but the cultural revolution begun in the 60’s has thoroughly decimated the American family. Today’s violence and entitlement mentality and the quickly spreading rejection of God and Scripture are the result of 3 lost generations…lost because of breakup of traditional families. Today’s children are under greater threat from their parents and our “enlightened” medical community than ever in history.

We cannot fix the brokenness without You. Please arouse Your children and turn us into Prayer Warriors against this insanity. Empower our voices.

AMEN

Scripture: “You willingly forgive, and your love is always there for those who pray to you. Please listen, LORD! Answer my prayer for help.” Psalms 86:6

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Friend of the Lonely and Abandoned

I know that to be a follower of Messiah, the path will often seem lonely and bleak.

I know, as Your follower, I have been warned that I’ve have chosen a life that brings challenges and costs that seem insurmountable. Too often when I’m believing my emotions and not Your promises, I seek companionship with a world desperately lost and stubbornly headed for self-imposed destruction.

Like the old song warns, “I’m looking for love in all the wrong places.”

Instead, when my soul needs a friend, I can always find solace in You.

You are never more than a whisper away. When I ask, I discover You’ve had my 6 o’clock all along.

Help me live a life that demonstrates Your faithfulness even in the anxious moments.

AMEN

Scripture: “For You are my hope; Lord GOD, You are my confidence from my youth.” Psalms 71:5

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Lord Over Every Circumstance

I love You, O LORD, my strength.

The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer…I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies. [if] the cords of death encompass me, and the torrents of ungodliness threaten…[if] all of Sheol surrounds me and defeat seems inevitable…in my distress I will call upon the LORD, He hears my voice out of His temple, and my cry comes to His ears. The God who executes vengeance for me delivers me from my enemies.

What King David knew with unshakable certainty…is true today. No matter the crisis, David’s God is only a whispered prayer away and will rescue me from fear and despair. Through all eternity, I will sing Your praises.

AMEN

Scripture” Adapted from Psalm 18:1-6

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Unconventional Lord

I am learning deep and sustaining truths. I long for the adventure and excitement of joining others in absorbing Your corporate presence, I am learning that my day-to-day walk, often more mundane than exciting, offers all the power of Your continuing presence.

While I am learning more about Your majesty daily, and You embrace our intellectual search for You…the learning You really hope for us is not intellectual, but experiential.
I can never truly understand Your love and grace without experiencing it.

Corporate revival is amazing, but help me experience all of You in the everyday disciplines of prayer, Bible study, fellowship…the many ways You reveal Yourself to us in the valley. Help me learn You are present with me on the mountaintop and in the valley.

AMEN

Scripture: “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness for the sake of His name.” Psalms 23:1-3

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Giver and Sustainer of Life

Many are the haters and mockers that deride the name of Jesus and demand our silence. Today Your name is heard more frequently as a curse than it is lifted in worship.

The enemy threatens Your children with violence and weaponizes the government against the proclamation of Your name. Even silent prayers are condemned by our government. I need to be empowered by Your Spirit…I need to be encouraged by Your overwhelming presence…I need to see Your mighty hand at work all across America.

Our future is not in the might of our armies, nor the wisdom of men, but in the power of Your truth…the overwhelming grace of Your forgiveness, and the unshakable knowledge of Your goodness. Spark my heart…use me.

AMEN
Scripture: “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me…O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare Your praise.” Psalms 51:10; 15

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Giver and Sustainer of Life

When I am close to You, my life is fuller, more joyful and more filled with purpose. Your Spirit reignites the flame You placed in me when I met Your son.

America’s believers need a fresh wind of Your Spirit. We need to be reignited with the passion and the courage to stand for what’s right and true that we received when You called us out of darkness into the light of Your truth. America has no future…our children have no future…the “shining city on the hill will be forever dimmed without men and women of faith being willing to stand in the gap for her.

Shine Your light on Your church…realign our priorities…revive us, Father.

AMEN

Scripture: “But as for me, how good it is to be near God! I have made the Sovereign LORD my shelter, and I will tell everyone about the wonderful things you do.” Psalms 73:28

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