The Word In Us

Lord,

Put a hunger, thirst, love, and delight

for your Word in me.

Let me mull over your words,

turning them over and over in my heart and mind,

until they are like smoothed, worn pebbles

comfortable and familiar,

lovingly held in my heart,

saturating my mind and body

towards kindness, righteousness, and blessing.

Guide my steps to connections,

interactions with others who are wise,

walking with companions who love your ways,

friends who obey your Spirit

and cherish your voice,

that you would use us as

as iron sharpens iron,

purifying our hearts

to be stronger and

shine brighter together

as your children.

Let your love abound in us,

in knowledge, depth of discernment, and insight,

knit together by your Spirit and grace,

of one heart, mind, and accord

that the world may see you in us,

and find their hope and salvation in you.

Lord, I praise you for you are the living Word,

I thank you for your Spirit and presence within me,

in each member of the family of Messiah,

may we bless your heart,

and rise up to your holy, beautiful call

to be your Bride,

worshiping you alone.

You alone are God and worthy of all our praise.

Amen.

Psalm 23

Precious Lord,

I remember that you lead, guide, and protect me,

I have no lack.

I bless you for rest

in the soft green meadows,

hearing the trickling of streams,

and lapping of quiet waters,

you restore my soul

by showing me yourself,

teaching me your ways,

guiding me to paths of life,

all for your glory.

Even though darkness surrounds,

and the enemy prowls

waiting to shoot his flaming arrows,

I won’t be afraid because you’re close,

you’re always with me,

I’ll cling to you,

you show me the way out,

guide and counsel me,

protect and deliver me.

You favor me, honoring me

despite my enemy’s schemes and ways,

you put him to shame.

You anoint my head with oil,

gladness and joy sing from my heart,

my waking, breathing, walking, going,

all my days are blessed in your presence,

surrounded, comforted, lifted up by your goodness and mercy,

and I will praise your name forever.

Amen.

His Beautiful Work

Lord,

I love you and thank you with all that I am,

I’ll praise you even as idols and false gods demand

my attention and heart,

I worship you in spirit and in truth,

and thank you for kindness and goodness,

You have revealed yourself and your Word to me,

when I cry out to you, whisper to you in my heart,

You answer me.

Your presence, your Spirit, your word

refreshes, restores, and makes me strong and confident

to face life head on again.

Lord, all of your promises will be fulfilled,

and the world will bend their knees and heads will bow,

praising and thanking you for your faithfulness.

Your beauty and glory will be seen around the world,

and praise from all tongues, tribes, and nations

will waft up from this blue pebble to the your throne room in heaven.

Lord, you are great and awesome and mighty,

yet you would kneel down and welcome the broken,

insignificant, and lowly.

You stay distant from those elevated in their eyes.

Even though I walk through challenges and struggles,

you’re with me every step,

guiding me oases of your rest and peace,

your hand covers me

pushing back the hideous wrath of my enemies,

you always save and deliver me.

I praise you that you will have your way in me,

your lovingkindness, mercy, and grace are forever and more,

I bless the works of your beautiful hands.

Amen.