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The Psalm Project #40

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How can I repay the Lord
for all his goodness to me?
I will lift up the cup of salvation
and call upon the name of the Lord.
I will fulfill my vows to the Lord
in the presence of all his people (Psalm 116:12-14).

Dear God,
the Old Testament saints had no idea
how You would save us,
but here is mention of “the cup of salvation,”
which brings to my mind the Lord’s Supper.
Here, in the midst of man’s praise to You,
You have given them a glimpse of the Savior.

Lord, I thank You for the cup of salvation,
the blood of Your Son,
who makes me free to be Your child.
Thank You for Your brilliant Plan to save Your people. Amen.

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The Psalm Project #39

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Even in darkness light dawns for the upright,
for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man.
Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely,
who conducts his affairs with justice (Psalm 112:4-5).

Dear God,
Paul said to thank You in all circumstances.
What wise counsel that is!
The first time I thanked You when I was in trouble,
You brought to my mind the truth—
how You have blessed me in hundreds of ways;
how You have brought beauty from what looked like ashes and ruin.
The truth is, when I walk with You,
I have access to heaven and protection from evil.
Even when times are difficult,
I come through the other side when I am with You.
Even when I am in darkness,
light dawns when I reach for You.
Thank You for Your unfailing love. Amen.

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The Psalm Project #38

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May the iniquity of his fathers be remembered before the Lord; may the sins of his mother never be blotted out. May their sins always remain before the Lord, that he may cut off the memory of them from the earth (Psalm 109:14-15).

Lord, You promised that if we repent and turn away from our wickedness,
You will remember our sins no more.
I thank You for forgiving my sins.
I can’t leave them behind without Your help.
Change my heart so that I want only what You want.
Help me to thirst for the righteousness only You can give. Amen.

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The Psalm Project #37

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They exchanged their Glory for an image of a bull, which eats grass (Psalm 106:20 NIV).

Lord, I want to scoff at the Israelites
who worshipped the golden calf.
They had experienced Your powerful presence
in the pillars of cloud and fire.
They had been delivered from oppression
by Your strong hand.

But God, what idols have I worshipped instead of You?
Have I dreamt of wealth and fame and comfort?
Have I desired extravagant gifts and an opulent lifestyle?

Lord, I recognize that I am Your beloved
and You have generously blessed me.
I have everything I need or desire.
Make me content and generous with what I have.
Let me desire nothing but you.
If I strive to acquire more,
let it be more love and intimacy with You,
and more righteousness that comes only from Jesus. Amen.

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