Psalm 8 and Prayers
As a lead into our prayers tonight, read through Psalm 8. From the Message Bible.
God, brilliant Lord,
yours is a household name.
2 Nursing infants gurgle choruses about you;
toddlers shout the songs
That drown out enemy talk,
and silence atheist babble.
3-4 I look up at your macro-skies, dark and enormous,
your handmade sky-jewelry,
Moon and stars mounted in their settings.
Then I look at my micro-self and wonder,
Why do you bother with us?
Why take a second look our way?
5-8 Yet we’ve so narrowly missed being gods,
bright with Eden’s dawn light.
You put us in charge of your handcrafted world,
repeated to us your Genesis-charge,
Made us lords of sheep and cattle,
even animals out in the wild,
Birds flying and fish swimming,
whales singing in the ocean deeps.
9 God, brilliant Lord,
your name echoes around the world.
Lord Jesus, You are indeed “Brilliant,” as the message Bible proclaims you to be. Not only do the works of your fingers leave us amazed at your Omnipotence, but the brilliance of Your glory outshines the brightest of stars in the heavens.
Father, we can only come in wonder and thankfulness, that as King David says, “What are we, that you’re mindful of us.” Knowing Lord that we so often let you down. So often do we fail to love you, as you love us, and fail, as we’ve seen recently, to love all who have been wonderfully and fearfully created in your image, whatever colour we might be. Forgive us Lord, for these, and for all the other ways that our sinfulness mar’s Your image in us today. Amen.
Father; as David, your servant, was inspired by Your Spirit to pen this great song of praise to you. May we in our hearts, be inspired to praise you from our own hearts. Amen.
So often Lord, we come before you with a great list of requests, rather than being still before you, and listening for you to speak to us. Jesus reminding us, in the gospels that “His sheep hear His voice and follow Him.” Help us in this Lord, to be listening to you among all the chatter of life today. Amen.
Father; we pray today as restrictions are being eased across the country, that there won’t be fresh rounds of fatalities due to the Coronavirus popping up all around the country. Father we pray for all who are living in, and around Leicester at this time, as the government have taken measures to prevent the spread of the virus. We pray that the frustration of many, who thought their businesses may be set to re-open this week, will give way to reason and understanding for this decision being taken. Amen
We pray for fellowships around the country, who may be preparing to re-open, their doors, albeit to a limited number of worshippers. Father grant Deacons and PCC’s from all churches to seek your wisdom and guidance in how to go about safely re-opening. Amen.
We pray for ourselves here at LEFC concerning when we can safely get back together again. Help us father, to be mindful of one another’s situations, and take appropriate measures to ensure each other’s safety. Give wisdom to our Deacons, and Elders, as we meet over the next week or so to discuss this, and to hopefully plan for the future. Amen.
As we come to God’s word tonight, can I ask that you turn in the scriptures to Joshua Ch 10. After the fall of Jericho, the next stronghold was Ai. But as we saw last time, sin and contempt for God brought disaster, until Israel repented and dealt with the cause of the problem. As with Jericho, God handed Ai over to Joshua’s hands, and Ai was defeated. Ch 8 we see Joshua reading to Israel all the words of the law of Moses, as the covenant was renewed on Mt Ebal. Then in Ch 9 out of fear of slaughter, the Gibeonite’s deceived Joshua to make a treaty with them. Turn if you will to Ch 10, as we look at God’s word together.
Let’s pray. Father as we come to your word tonight, may we, as Israel witnessed, know that your hand is upon us today. Amen.