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Praying the Psalms -Psalm 18-

 20.11.11




Read the whole Psalm 18 here.

1 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.

Lord, my LORD, my Strength, Rock of Ages, my Jesus,
I love you, I love you, I love you.
These words are the marrow of my Christian walk.
Help me to remember that every book I read, every sermon I listen to
are not so that I get know more, just for the sake of knowing more,
but to know YOU more and understand YOU more,
and love YOU more and more.
If I knew all doctrines, and had all the discernment,
and all my theological views were correct,
but I failed to love you, I would be doomed.

Oh Lord, help us not to love more reading about You,
than being with You in prayer.
Help us not to love more reading books about You,
than reading Your book, the Holy Bible.

Lord, You are my strength, my rock,
my fortress, my deliverer, my rock in whom I take refuge.
You have brought me to this safe place only because it pleased You
to rescue me from the bondage of sin.
How can I not love You with all that is in me?
How can I not be forever grateful for your Grace, for having compassion on me?
How can I fail not to praise You if it has pleased You to save me from my enemies?

Oh how I love You, LORD!
If in my distress I called your name,
and you heard me.
When I cry to You, you always incline your ear and hear my prayer,
when I do not know how to pray your Spirit helps me pray according to your will,
when I fall, Jesus, my Mediator, intercedes for me.
Thank you, Lord because it pleases you to hear my voice from your temple,
thank you because my cry to You reaches your ears,
because my prayers are not in vain. (v.6)

Forgive me, Lord, when I am not merciful,
when I am prideful,
when I do not act as a Christian.
Purify my heart,
cleanse me from all iniquities,
that I may love You with a clean heart,
that I may be humble before you and my brothers and sisters.

Lord, I love You because You have enlightened my path,
because you have given us Your Word as a lamp unto our feet,
a light unto our path.
You are good to us, that have given your children eyes to see,
and ears to hear in this world in which many times is not easy
to see and hear clearly.

God, your ways are perfect, all of them,
Your Word proves True.
You are a shield to those who take refuge in You;
Help me, help me to love your Word, Your ways,
more than anything else.
Help me to run to you in my distress,
knowing that only in You will I find refuge.
Oh how I love you, Lord!

Who is God but You?
Who is a rock, except our God?
I love you, because you have cleansed me by the blood of the Lamb,
You have made my feet like the feet of a deer
and set me secure on the heights.
You have given me the shield of your salvation,
and your right hand supported me.
Oh, how I love You, Lord!
You gave a wide place for my steps under me,
and my feet did not slip.
How can I not love You with all my heart?

Lord, as I face my enemies, my sinful habits,
sinful desires, sinful thoughts this week, remind me that
in Jesus, you have equipped me with strength for the battle;
that you made those who rise against me sink under me.
You, Oh LORD live, blessed be my rock,
and exalted be the God of my salvation—

For this I will praise you, O LORD, among the nations,
and sing to your name.
For all these I love you and will love you
forever more!

Amen



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