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Until I saw with my own eyes!

Heavenly Father, thank you for teeth. Thank you for how our teeth help so much with eating. I can see how hard eating would be without our teeth. Thank you Lord for our wonderfully designed bodies! And thank you for the scripture (about the Queen of Sheba) for today’s prayer:

Then she said to the king: “It was a true report which I heard in my own land about your words and your wisdom. However I did not believe the words until I came and saw with my own eyes; and indeed the half was not told me. Your wisdom and prosperity exceed the fame of which I heard. (1Kings 10:6‭-‬7 NKJV)

Lord, it’s me … I am here. Thank you coming to chat with me regarding today’s prayer for the daughter you love, for your Lindsey! Thank you for the reference to a TRUE REPORT! Lindsey, I pray that the Lord would grant you much discernment so that you would know when a “true report” is actually true. I pray that truth would be part of you so much that deception would be kept far from you. I pray that the Lord would be your guide and would guide you into all truth:

When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. (John 16:13 ESV)

I pray that your eyes would be open to see the truth around you, just as the Queen of Sheba saw the truth with her own eyes. And together let’s give God the glory. The glory is all his. Glory! I pray this in the name and authority of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen.

King James Version for your reference:

And she said to the king, It was a true report that I heard in mine own land of thy acts and of thy wisdom.

Howbeit I believed not the words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: and, behold, the half was not told me: thy wisdom and prosperity exceedeth the fame which I heard. (1Kings 10:6-7)

and…

Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. (John 16:13)

What do you see?

Heavenly Father, thank you for my eyes. Eyes are so phenomenal I don’t understand how anyone can actually study how eyes function and not see your majestic creation looking back at them! And you didn’t just create one kind of eye, but many. I was thinking that insects have interesting eyes. Bats use “sonar” to “see” and more. I wanted to see if there were a list of the many different types of eyes, so I checked Wikipedia and found the main article: Eye – and then right near the top it was so sad to see their statement: “Simple eyes are rather ubiquitous, and lens-bearing eyes have evolved at least seven times...” So, the article goes into the many spectacular ways that eyes can function, but rather than marvel at this, the article makes statements about the eyes evolving may times! How could the eye just randomly appear? Lord, I thank you for the marvel of the various kinds of eyes and ask that you reveal your design to those researching it. A Scripture comes to mind (the same one from my prayer for your sister two days ago … The Voice translation, doesn’t beat around the bush … God’s magnificence in his creation is right there before their eyes:

19 These people are not ignorant about what can be known of God, because He has shown it to them with great clarity20 From the beginning, creation in its magnificence enlightens us to His nature. Creation itself makes His undying power and divine identity clear, even though they are invisible; and it voids the excuses and ignorant claims of these people (Romans 1:19-20 Voice)

Oh my!!!  Eyes.  This scripture is tying into this prayer in ways I didn’t expect or even think about! Thank you Lord. And thank you for the scriptures that you gave me to use for this prayer … scriptures that ask, ‘What do you see?”

Several times God asked Jeremiah this question:

Later the Lord asked me, “What do you see, Jeremiah?” I answered, “I see a branch of an almond tree.” (Jeremiah 1:11 NET)

And …

The Lord again asked me, “What do you see?” I answered, “I see a pot of boiling water; it is tipped toward us from the north.” (Jeremiah 1:13 NET)

And …

The Lord said to me, “What do you see, Jeremiah?” I answered, “I see figs. The good ones look very good. But the bad ones look very bad, so bad that they cannot be eaten.” (Jeremiah 24:3 NET)

And God spoke to Amos in a like manner, with the same question!

And the Lord said to me, “Amos, what do you see?” I answered, “A plumb line.” And the Lord replied, “I will test my people with this plumb line. I will no longer ignore all their sins. (Amos 7:8 NLT)

And again…

And he said, “Amos, what do you see?” And I said, “A basket of summer fruit.” Then the Lord said to me, “The end has come upon my people Israel; I will never again pass by them. (Amos 8:2 ESV)

And also to Zechariah:

And he said to me, “What do you see?” I said, “I see, and behold, a lampstand all of gold, with a bowl on the top of it, and seven lamps on it, with seven lips on each of the lamps that are on the top of it. (Zechariah 4:2 ESV)

And…

And he said to me, “What do you see?” I answered, “I see a flying scroll. Its length is twenty cubits, and its width ten cubits.” (Zechariah 5:2 ESV)

Lord, I have been listening to you. And in this listening I can see things. How amazing … the words that are coming to me as I write this prayer! I can see how I can see by listening carefully. Yet, seeing is with eyes that are your magnificent creation to give us sight to see your creation all around us!  And so Lindsey, as I pray this over you, this simple question may not be quite as simple as I thought before I started this! Lord, I ask that you let Lindsey see. Open her eyes and her heart Lord. Open them like a camera opens wide to let more light in. Lindsey … just like shooting a music video! Let your eyes be like the camera… opened wide to see what is before you. Lord, I ask that you show Lindsey things right now, as she reads this. Show her more than what is merely before her eyes. Show her what it means. Giver her insight and understanding. And together we will give you the glory. All the glory is yours Lord. Glory! I pray and ask this all in the name of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen.

King James Version for your reference:

19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.

20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: (Romans 1:19-20)

and

11 Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Jeremiah, what seest thou? And I said, I see a rod of an almond tree. (Jeremiah 1:11)

and

13 And the word of the Lord came unto me the second time, saying, What seest thou? And I said, I see a seething pot; and the face thereof is toward the north. (Jeremiah 1:13)

and

Then said the Lord unto me, What seest thou, Jeremiah? And I said, Figs; the good figs, very good; and the evil, very evil, that cannot be eaten, they are so evil. (Jeremiah 24:3)

and

And the Lord said unto me, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A plumbline. Then said the Lord, Behold, I will set a plumbline in the midst of my people Israel: I will not again pass by them any more: (Amos 7:8)

and

And he said, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A basket of summer fruit. Then said the Lord unto me, The end is come upon my people of Israel; I will not again pass by them any more. (Amos 8:2)

and

And said unto me, What seest thou? And I said, I have looked, and behold a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which are upon the top thereof: (Zechariah 4:2)

and

And he said unto me, What seest thou? And I answered, I see a flying roll; the length thereof is twenty cubits, and the breadth thereof ten cubits. (Zechariah 5:2)

Only the Best for the Lord’s Temple and the Musicians

Heavenly Father, what a wonderful creation you made. All the stars, planets and moons in the universe and everything on this earth. All the birds and animals as well as all the plants and trees. And the scripture for my prayer is centered around a very specific tree, a tree that King Solomon consider the finest, the best! Thank you for creating so many trees. Two years ago Science Magazine had a short article about the new archive database that researchers and scientists have compiled that catalogs over 60,000 trees! Thank you for being a God of order and a God of fine detail. It is amazing that you created this earth with such a huge variety of everything! Your handiwork is there before our eyes as witnessed by botanical experts! And so this validates the scripture (Romans 1:18-20 – see below) that says people are without excuse when they try to claim to not know about God. Yes, Lord, you have made yourself quite evident in your creation … even in our world’s trees! Thank you for such an extensive and exquisite creation made just for us! And thank you for the scripture that speaks of just ONE of the thousands of trees:

With the timber the king made supports for the Lord ’s temple and for the royal palace and stringed instruments for the musicians. No one has seen so much of this fine timber to this very day. (1Kings 10:12 NET)

or the ESV translation (similar to KJV):

And the king made of the almug wood supports for the house of the Lord and for the king’s house, also lyres and harps for the singers. No such almug wood has come or been seen to this day. (1Kings10:12 ESV)

Lord, I’m here. I’ve been here with you for quite some time, pondering these magnificent trees! And while each tree is beautiful, there was ONE tree that Solomon thought was best for the Temple. Perhaps thus we can refer to it as one of the royal trees. And now I lift up your daughter Lindsey. She is a fine musician, just like the royal musicians that the Scripture references. And she too has wooden stringed instruments made in the finest way. She has beautiful custom made violins. Lindsey, I pray this scripture over you this day. I pray that you would find ways to praise and honor the Lord with your fine stringed instruments. I pray that you would continue using the wonderful talents and skills that the Lord has gifted you with. I pray that your music would be royal, that it would be a delight for the Lord to hear. And together let us praise the Lord. Let us give HIM the glory! All the glory is his! I pray this over you in the name and authority of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen.

King James Version for your reference:

And the king made of the almug trees pillars for the house of the Lord, and for the king’s house, harps also and psalteries for singers: there came no such almug trees, nor were seen unto this day. (1Kings 10:12 KJV)

Photo from the website God as a Gardener:

God is There With You

Good morning Heavenly Father! What a wonderful morning it is. There is a mist everywhere I look outside. I had to leave my car outside last night because they are fixing the bottom of our driveway and I can’t drive my car in and out of the garage for a few days. And wow… when I got to my car it was soaking wet even though it had not rained. Water in the air just condensed all over my car. Wow … the water appears just like that! How many other wonders have you designed in nature? What an intricate world you created for us. It is amazing how everything is so intertwined and just “happen”. Thank you for your wonderful creation! And thank you for your scripture for this prayer for your daughter you love:

Therefore say to the people: The Lord who rules over all says, “Turn to me,” says the Lord who rules over all, “and I will turn to you,” says the Lord who rules over all. (Zechariah 1:3 NET)

Lord, I’m here. I’m here again. I’m here because I want to be with you. It is hard to NOT come close to you! You are always with me. All I have to do is turn to you and you already are there turning to me. And now I pray this over you Lindsey. Remember that the Lord rules over all. He is THE ruler, THE king! Everything is under him. He is in control. And next I pray that you will always remember that he also promised to be there for you any time that you turn to him. It is not complicated nor complex. The Lord has said, “Turn to me.” You might hear him calling to you, “Lindsey, I am here… turn to me.” Whenever you face troubles, turn to the Lord. Whenever you need help, turn to the Lord. Whenever you don’t know what to do, turn to the Lord. He is waiting to hear from you, to chat with you, to help you. Let this be the first thing you do. Don’t do it your way until everything fails and then turn to the Lord for help. Let him be your first line of defense. Let him be your first string of offense. Let him be the star of your team, for he rules over all. All is his. All the glory is his. Yes, we give him all the glory. Glory! I pray this in the name and authority of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen.

King James Version for your reference:

Therefore say thou unto them, Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Turn ye unto me, saith the Lord of hosts, and I will turn unto you, saith the Lord of hosts.

God Made You, Redeemed You, Called You and Saved You

Heavenly Father, good evening! What a good evening it is. It is a great evening! Thank you for being with me. Thank you for the new task you have set before me. And thank you for promising to not overwhelm me with it. Thank you for continuing to speak today. Thank you for allowing me to once again pray for your daughter Lindsey, whom you created and formed. And thank you for the scripture to use for this prayer:

But now thus says the Lord,
he who created you, O Jacob,
    he who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
    I have called you by name, you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
    and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
    and the flame shall not consume you.
For I am the Lord your God,
    the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
I give Egypt as your ransom,
    Cush and Seba in exchange for you. (Isaiah 43:1-3 ESV)

Lord, I’m still here with you. And now I lift up your daughter Lindsey. Lord you have gifted her with so many special talents when you created her. Lindsey, you continue to use those talents and skills that God has given you, day after day, week after week, year after year! I know it is not easy, but God has promised to be there with you. If you ever begin to feel overwhelmed, stop for a moment and ask God for strength. He is with you just waiting for you to ask for anything you need. You are his and he has called you by name.  While I can pray for you, it is the Lord your God who is your Savior. And with God at your side, you need not be afraid. There is nothing to fear. God has given you special talents and is delighted to watch you put them to good use. But the glory is his. All the glory goes to God. We give him the glory always. Yes. We give you the glory Lord. Glory! I pray this all in the name and authority of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen.

King James Version for your reference:

But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.

When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee. (Isaiah 43:1-3 KJV)

The Lord Is Doing Great Things. Do You See Them?

Heavenly Father. What an amazing universe you created just for us! You could have splashed a few hundred (or even a few thousand) stars around the heavens for us to see at night – but you are bigger than that and far more extravagant! So you filled the heavens with billions of stars – likely more that we cannot see than that we can see! What a glorious gift for our nights! Thank you for showing us your glory in this way! And thank you for your daughter Lindsey and the scriptures you gave me for this prayer for her this day:

Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the Lord will do great things (Joel 2:21)

and one of my favorite passages that says “See what God has done!”

according to this time it shall be said of Jacob and of Israel, What hath God wrought! (Numbers 23:23b)

Lord, it is me again. I have come before you on behalf of Lindsey every day for a year now, and today my prayer for your daughter you love ends with scriptures that reminds us that you will do great things for her. We are reminded that you already have done great things for her. And so, Lindsey, I close one year of prayers with that reminder. I pray that each and every day you would always remember some of the great things that God has done for you. And I pray that each day you also would expect even more. God is a gracious and generous God, so be glad and rejoice, for he will continue to do great things for you. Why? Because he loves you! After all, you ARE his daughter! And so we now give all the glory to God. The glory is all to him. I pray this in the name and authority of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen (more…)

With People Watching, Your Actions Speak Loudly!

Heavenly Father, thank you for another day amidst your blessings and your glory. Thank you for blessings that don’t seem like blessings to us at the moment. Thank you for reminding me to not be concerned when I forget something (like the third sentence of this prayer) but DO be concerned with hardening my heart. Thank you for speaking to us, for holding us close, for never leaving us. Thank you for the godly people you had intersect with me on my journey. Thank you for your loving daughter whom I lift up to you this day in prayer with the scriptures you gave me:

First, an overview of how David was righteous always, except in the case of Bathsheba and Uriah the Hittite:

Because David did that which was right in the eyes of the Lord, and turned not aside from any thing that he commanded him all the days of his life, save only in the matter of Uriah the Hittite. (1 Kings 15:5)

But being righteous “most of the time” was not what God wants, as seen by how Nathan the prophet spoke to David in reference to his adulterous relations with Bathsheba and the killing of Uriah:

And the Lord sent Nathan unto David. And he came unto him, and said unto him,

There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor. The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds: But the poor man had nothing, save one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and nourished up: and it grew up together with him, and with his children; it did eat of his own meat, and drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was unto him as a daughter.

And there came a traveller unto the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man that was come unto him; but took the poor man’s lamb, and dressed it for the man that was come to him.

And David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan, As the Lord liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die: And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.

And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul; And I gave thee thy master’s house, and thy master’s wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things. Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon.

Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife.

Thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun. For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun.

And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the Lord.

And Nathan said unto David, The Lord also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die. Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die. (2 Samuel 12: 1-14)

Define blasphemy: The act of reviling, ridiculing, or being disrespectful or irreverent of, by words or conduct, God, religion, a religious doctrine, a religious icon, or anything considered sacred.

Lord, I’m here to begin a new prayer for your daughter Lindsey, who loves you very much. Lindsey, this is a difficult scripture to pray for you, but it seems like it is the one God gave me for this day. This scripture refers to prophet Nathan telling David that what he had done was bad, very bad! However, the very last sentence speaks of how his actions, while bad in themselves, were even worse because the others nations had watched what he had done and now, because of it, were ridiculing and reviling his God. And so I pray for you now Lindsey. God has gifted you with great talent and skill. He also has showered you with his favor day after day after day. I pray that in addition to all the talent, skill and favor that the Lord would grant you great wisdom and discernment so that you can always be a shining light to the world and never give anyone cause to revile or ridicule our God because of something you do. If even David, the man after God’s own heart can do such things, it seems that none of us can consider ourselves exempt from possibly behaving in an equally bad manner. I pray that God would protect you from the evil one who wants to destroy you. I pray that God would always surround you with godly people who will help you stay on solid ground. I pray that all you do will bring glory to God, for the glory all goes to him. All the glory is to God. I pray this in the name and authority of Christ Jesus, King of kings.  Amen

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Psalm 18 in Metre

NOTE: All 150 psalms were translated into English in Metre by 1562, nearly 50 years before the King James Version of the Bible was published in 1611! The psalms were written as Hebrew poetry and were meant to be sung or read aloud.* However, translating poetry from one language to another typically loses much if not all of the poetic attributes! However, there were several groups of people who endeavored to translate the psalms into a type of poetry typical for the English language hundreds of years ago. If you have not yet encountered the psalms in metre (psalter), you are in for a treat. We read (and softly sung) all 150 psalms in a downtown coffeeshop this year using the Scottish Psalter. Since music is a significant part of you Lindsey, you may find yourself singing them with a tune you make up on the spot based on the rhythmic beat to the verses. I hope the prayer this day blesses you in this.

Heavenly Father. I glorify you and praise you. I look around at the beauty of snow, where just one snow flake is a masterpiece work of art. A man we now call Snowflake Bentley** spent years of his life, freezing and cold, just to catch a snowflake and then to photograph it. This amazing look at snow flakes has been collected into a sizable book, a gallery of beauty, a look at a tiny bit of the vast beauty you placed everywhere around us. Thank you for letting me see these bits of your beauty. And thank you for the Scripture which I am to use to pray over the daughter you delight in, whose beauty is a dim reflection of Christ:

Psalm 18 (my favorite psalm) from the Psalter of 1562 (read it aloud emphasizing every other syllable … you can even add intonation while you read it or even sing it!):

 1  O God, my strength and fortitude,
       of force I must love thee;
    Thou art my castle and defense
       in my necessity:

 2  My God, my rock, in whom I trust,
       the worker of my wealth;
    My refuge, buckler, and my shield,
       the horn of all my health.

 3  When I sing laud unto the Lord,
       most worthy to be served;
    Then from my foes I am right sure
       that I shall be preserved.

 4  The pangs of death did compass me,
       and bound me ev'ry where;
    The flowing waves of wickedness
       did put me in great fear.

 5  The sly and subtle snares of hell
       were round about me set;
    And for my life there was prepared
       a deadly trapping net.

 6  I thus beset with pain and grief,
       did pray to God for grace;
    And he forthwith heard my complaint
       out of his holy place.

 7  Such is his pow'r, that in his wrath
       he made the earth to quake.
    Yea, the foundation of the mount
       of Bashan for to shake:

 8  And from his nostrils went a smoke,
       when kindled was his ire,
    And from his month went burning coals
       of hot consuming fire.

 9  The Lord descended from above, and
       bowed the heav'ns most high;
    And underneath his feet he cast
       the darkness of the sky:

10  On Cherubs and on Cherubims
       full royally he rode,
    an on the wings of mighty winds
       came flying all abroad.

   The Second Part.

11  And like a den most dark he made
       his hid and secret place;
    With waters black and airy clouds
       encompassed he was.

12  At his bright presence did thick clouds 
       in haste away retire;
    And in the stead thereof did come
       hail-stones and coals of fire.

13  The fiery darts and thunderbolts
       disperse them here and there;
    And with his frequent lightnings he
       doth put them in great fear.

14  When thou, O Lord, with great rebuke 
       thy anger dost declare,
    The springs and the foundations of
       the world discovered are.

15  And from above the Lord sent down
       to fetch me from below,
    And plucked me out of waters great,
       that would me overflow:

16  And me delivered from my foes
       that sought me to enthrall;
    Yea, from such foes as were too strong
       for me to deal withal.

17  They did prevent me evermore
       in time of my great grief;
    But yet the Lord is my defense,
      my succor and relief.

18  He brought me forth in open place,
       that so I might be free;
    And kept me safe, because he had
       a favor unto me.

19  According to my innocence,
       so did he me regard;
    And to the cleanness of my hands
       he gave me my reward:

20  For that I walk-ed in his ways,
       and in his paths have trod,
    And not departed wickedly
       from him that is my God.

   The Third Part.

21  But evermore I have respect
       to his law and decree;
    His statutes and commandments I
       cast not away from me:

22  But pure and clean, and uncorrupt,
       appeared before his face,
   And did refrain from wickedness
       and sin in ev'ry case.

23  The Lord will therefore me reward,
       as I have done aright;
    As to the cleanness of my hands
       appearing in his sight.

24  For, Lord, with him that holy is
       wilt thou be holy too;
    And with the good and virtuous man
       thou wilt uprightly do:

25  And for the loving and elect
       thy favor wilt reserve;
    And thou wilt use the wicked men
       as wicked men deserve.

26  For thou dost save the simple folk,
       in trouble when they lie;
    And dost bring down the countenance
       of them that look full high.

27  The Lord will light my candle so,
       that it shall shine full bright;
    The Lord my God will make also
       my darkness to be light.

28  For by thy help an host of men
       discomfit. Lord, I shall;
    By thee I scale and overleap
       the strength of any wall.

29  Unspotted are the ways of God,
       his word is purely tried;
    He is a sure defense to such
       as in his faith abide.

30  For who is God, except the Lord ! 
       for other there is none:
    Or else who is omnipotent,
       saving our God alone.

   The Fourth Part.

31  The God that girdeth me with strength, 
       is he that I do mean;
    That all the ways wherein I walk,
       did evermore keep clean:

32  That made my feet like to the harts'
       in swiftness of my pace, 
    And for my safety brought me forth
       into an open place.

33  He did in order put my hands
       in battle for to fight;
    To break in sunder bars of brass
       he gave my arms the might.

34  Thou teachest me thy saving health,
       thy right hand is my tow'r;
    Thy love and gentleness also
       doth still increase my pow'r.

35  And under me thou makest plain
       the way where I should go;
    So that my feet shall never slip, ·
       nor wander to and fro:

36  And fiercely I pursue and take
       my foes that me annoyed,
    And from the field do not return
       till they be all destroyed.

37  So I suppress and wound my foes,
       that they can rise no more;
    For underneath my feet they fail,
       I wound them all so sore.

38  For thou hast girded me with strength
       unto the battle, and
    Thou wilt throw down my enemies
       that do against me stand.

39  Lord, thou hast given me the necks
       of all my enemies;
    That so I might destroy all those
       that up against me rise.

40  They called for help, but none gave ear, 
       nor came to their relief;
    Yea, to the Lord they called for aid, 
       yet heard he not their grief.

   The Fifth Part.

41  And still, like dust before the wind,
       I drive them under feet,
    And sweep them out like filthy dirt,
       that lieth in the street.

42  Thou keep'st me from seditious folk
       that still in strife are led;
    And thou dost of the heathen folk
       appoint me to be head.

43  A people strange, to me unknown,
       and yet they shall me serve;
    And at the first obey my word,
       whereas my own will swerve.

44  I shall be irksome to my own,
       they will not see my light;
    But wander wide out of the way,
       and hide them out of sight.

45  But blessed be the living Lord,
       most worthy of all praise:
    He is my rock and saving health,
       praised be he always.

46  For it is lie that gave me pow'r,
       reveng-ed for to be;
    And with his holy word subdued
       the people unto me.

47  And from my. foe delivered me,
       and set me over those
    That cruel and ungodly were,
       and up against me rose.

48  And for this cause, O Lord my God,
       to thee give thanks I shall;
    And sing out praises to thy Name,
       among the Gentiles all.

49  Deliv'rance great thou giv'st the king,
       and dost reserve in store
    Mercy for thine Anointed, and
       his seed for evermore.

Lord, I am here as usual to pray for Lindsey, your daughter you love, and today seemed like the day to present a psalm interpreted in metre over 450 years ago. Lindsey, I pray that encountering the psalms in metre will bring a whole new light to them for you. May the psalms resonate in your heart the way that the original Hebrew language psalms did centuries ago. I pray that the psalms in metre will excite and thrill you so much that you will want to sing them all as soon as you can (thus I am linking to the online version of them below). I pray that you may find singing the psalms a wonderful way to worship and praise the Lord. And all the glory is his. The glory is all his. I pray this in the name of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen

click=> All 150 Psalms in Metre (1562)
click=> Scottish Psalter (1650)

* Theological Studies: Interpreting the Psalms includes this:

B. Understand that the Psalms are Hebrew musical poems and should be interpreted in light of this fact.
       1. Most of the Psalms were meant to be sung not read.

** Snowflake Bentley books:

Worldly pleasures and advantages may try to entice you … don’t consent to them!

Heavenly Father. Thank you for how extravagant you were in creating this world for us. You created many kinds of plants, not just one. You created many types of trees, not just one kind. You created many kinds of fish, not just one kind. You created many kinds of animals, not just one kind. And you called all of them GOOD. Then when you created man, You created him in your image … no two alike, but all declared to be VERY GOOD. Thank you for all this GOOD that surrounds us. Thank you for all the VERY GOOD that we meet today. Thank you for being a gracious, generous and glorious God. And thank you for your scriptures for my prayer for your daughter who bears a striking resemblance to You (in Your image!):

My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. (Proverbs 1:10)

Define entice: attract or tempt by offering pleasure or advantage.

Lord, I’m here on behalf of Lindsey, your daughter you love. Lindsey, the scripture for today’s prayer is quite simple, but profound. Simple, because it is telling you something that you already know from experience over the past years. Profound because what you actually do has consequences. So I am praying for you today Lindsey. I am not praying that you never are tempted by the pleasures of the world. Rather, I am praying that every time worldly pleasures try to entice you that you would not be persuaded. I pray that any time situations are before you that offer you a way to take advantage of others to get ahead yourself that you will resist. I pray that God would increase your wisdom and your self control. I pray that you would stay so near to Jesus that these worldly temptations are not quite so tempting because you know the joy of the Lord from experience. You know that your heart can delight in the Lord. And so we can give the glory to God. The glory is all his. Glory. I pray this in the name and authority of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen (more…)

Celebrate because you understand God’s Word!

Hello Heavenly Father. Thank you for keeping my heart thankful. Thank you for helping me to see the many blessings that are poured on my family. Thank you for the many godly friends you surround me with. And thank you for the scripture to use for today’s prayer for your daughter Lindsey:

Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength. So the Levites stilled all the people, saying, Hold your peace, for the day is holy; neither be ye grieved. And all the people went their way to eat, and to drink, and to send portions, and to make great mirth, because they had understood the words that were declared unto them. (Nehemiah 8:10-12)

Lord, I’m here on behalf of Lindsey, your daughter who loves you. Lindsey, today’s prayer is a joyful prayer, for God’s Word is telling you to not grieve but to go and celebrate because you understand the words that have been declared unto you in God’s Word! Be filled with the joy of the Lord which is your strength. I also pray that others will see your joy in how you celebrate and that you will have a chance to tell them it is because you understand the words! I pray that you can help them to understand God’s Word as well. And together all the glory goes to God. The glory is all his. I pray this in the name and authority of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen (more…)