March 24 Grown Up Conversations

Psalms Wednesday

Psalms 138

Lord, I will praise you with all my heart. In front of those who think they are gods. I will sing praise to you. I will bow down facing your holy temple. I will praise your name because you are always loving and faithful.

You have honored your holy word even more than your own fame.

When I called out to you, you answered me. You made me strong and brave.

Lord, may all the kings on earth praise you when they hear about what you have decided.

Lord, may they sing about what you have done because your glory is great.

Though the Lord is high above all, he cares for the lowly. Though he is in heaven above, he sees them on earth below.

Trouble is all around me, but you keep me alive.

You reach out your hand to put a stop to the anger of my enemies. With your powerful right hand you save me.

Lord, you will show that I was right to trust you. Lord, your faithful love continues forever.

You have done so much for us, so don’t stop now.

I call out to you, Lord. Come quickly to help me.

Listen to me when I call out to you.

Psalms 141

I call out to you, Lord. Come quickly to help me. Listen to me when I call out to you.

May my prayer come to you like the sweet smell of incense. When I lift up my hands in prayer, may it be like the evening sacrifice.

Lord, guard my mouth. Keep watch over the door of my lips. Don’t let my heart be drawn to what is evil.

 Don’t let me join with people who do evil. Don’t let me eat their fancy food.

If a godly person hit me, it would be an act of kindness. If they would correct me, it would be like pouring olive oil on my head. I wouldn’t say no to it. I will always pray against the things that sinful people do.

When their rulers are thrown down from the rocky cliffs, those evil people will realize that my words were true.

They will say, “As clumps of dirt are left from plowing up the ground, so our bones will be scattered near an open grave.”

But Lord and King, I keep looking to you for help. I go to you for safety. Don’t let me die.

Keep me from the traps of those who do evil. Save me from the traps they have set for me.

Let evil people fall into their own nets. But let me go safely on my way.

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