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-Praying Psalm 18:1-24

by Request ~ June 28th, 2015

A Psalm of David

18 I love you, O Lord, my strength.
2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
3 I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised,
and I am saved from my enemies.

4 The cords of death encompassed me;
the torrents of destruction assailed me;
5 the cords of Sheol entangled me;
the snares of death confronted me.

6 In my distress I called upon the Lord;
to my God I cried for help.
From his temple he heard my voice,
and my cry to him reached his ears.

7 Then the earth reeled and rocked;
the foundations also of the mountains trembled
and quaked, because he was angry.
8 Smoke went up from his nostrils,
and devouring fire from his mouth;
glowing coals flamed forth from him.
9 He bowed the heavens and came down;
thick darkness was under his feet.
10 He rode on a cherub and flew;
he came swiftly on the wings of the wind.
11 He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him,
thick clouds dark with water.
12 Out of the brightness before him
hailstones and coals of fire broke through his clouds.

13 The Lord also thundered in the heavens,
and the Most High uttered his voice,
hailstones and coals of fire.
14 And he sent out his arrows and scattered them;
he flashed forth lightnings and routed them.
15 Then the channels of the sea were seen,
and the foundations of the world were laid bare
at your rebuke, O Lord,
at the blast of the breath of your nostrils.

16 He sent from on high, he took me;
he drew me out of many waters.
17 He rescued me from my strong enemy
and from those who hated me,
for they were too mighty for me.
18 They confronted me in the day of my calamity,
but the Lord was my support.
19 He brought me out into a broad place;
he rescued me, because he delighted in me.

20 The Lord dealt with me according to my righteousness;
according to the cleanness of my hands he rewarded me.
21 For I have kept the ways of the Lord,
and have not wickedly departed from my God.
22 For all his rules were before me,
and his statutes I did not put away from me.
23 I was blameless before him,
and I kept myself from my guilt.
24 So the Lord has rewarded me according to my righteousness,
according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.  (ESV)


Our Father,

You are our rock and fortress, our deliverer and God in whom we take refuge.
Our shield, and the horn of our salvation, our stronghold and the one above all who is  worthy to be praised.

You rescue us in our time of calamity and provide us in our time of need. Our enemy cannot stand in your presence and must bow to all of your orders in creation,

We stand before you and praise your name in the name of your Son Jesus. It is by his righteousness that we are saved and only by his sacrifice that we are able to claim to even be worthy to be called your people. Yet you have allowed us to become part of your family and we receive blessings and honor in his name.

We praise your name today for all the goodness we have received in this life and for what is to come for all eternity. You have called us forth to demonstrate your love in a world that really doesn’t know anything but hate and to bring peace to those who only know anger and strife. Reach forth your hand and make a way for us to once more shake this nation in the name of your Son Jesus and by your Holy Spirit let your Kingdom be demonstrated in the midst of your people.

Let us bring healing and miracles into neighborhoods and cities that the enemy controls. Let us bring your hope and love to those that only know anger and despair. Let our cities be on fire with your Holy Spirit instead of the racial riots and battles that the enemy plans to bring upon us.

Praise your name Lord and the name of your Son. Let your purposes for us be fulfilled and let the enemy be subdued.

In Jesus name, Amen.

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