By the grace of God

I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live (Psalm 146:2). What are we say about these words of the Psalmist? We're so deeply aware of our own failures. Are we to say, "I will never fail the Lord. I will never let him down"? No! We …

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O come to the Father through Jesus, the Son.

Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? The one who has clean hands and a pure heart" (Psalm 24:3-4). We read these words of the Psalmist, and we ask the question, "Who has clean hands and a pure heart?" The moment each of us ask ourselves this question is the …

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Come, glorify the Lord with me. Let us exalt His Name together.

I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. I will glory in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together. I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never …

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Speak, Lord, I’m listening / Speak, Lord, your servant is listening to you.

When you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent... trust in the Lord... Let the light of your face shine on us. Fill my heart with joy... In peace I will lie down and sleep (Psalm 4:4-8). In the silence, let us listen for the voice of the Lord. As we listen to what the …

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By the rivers of Babylon… I will rejoice, for He has made me glad.

By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion. There on the poplars we hung our harps, for there our captors asked us for songs, our tormentors demanded songs of joy; they said, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!” How can we sing the songs of the Lord while in a foreign land? …

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I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised.

I love you, Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold (Psalm 18:1-2). I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I have been saved from my enemies (Psalm 18:3). The Lord liveth; and blessed be …

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O, the deep, deep love of Jesus

Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old. Do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you, Lord, are good. Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways. He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. All …

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Be bold, be strong, for the Lord your God is with you.

I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart... for your unfailing love and your faithfulness... When I called, you answered me; you greatly emboldened me (Psalm 138:1-3). Where does boldness come from? Where does our strength come from? It comes from this: the Lord our God is with us. We walk in faith and victory when there …

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Revive Thy work, O Lord.

You, Lord, showed favour to your land; you restored the fortunes of Jacob. You forgave the iniquity of your people and covered all their sins. You set aside all your wrath and turned from your fierce anger. Restore us again, God our Saviour, and put away your displeasure toward us. Will you be angry with us forever? Will you prolong …

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Praise waits for Thee in Zion, Lord.

Praise awaits you, our God, in Zion; to you our vows will be fulfilled. You who answer prayer, to you all people will come. When we were overwhelmed by sins, you forgave our transgressions. Blessed are those you choose and bring near to live in your courts! We are filled with the good things of your house, of …

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Called to receive God’s grace, and called to enter into his glory

The Mighty One, God, the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to where it sets (Psalm 50:1). God is calling out to us. He's speaking to us through the world he has created for us. He's showing us his glory. He's drawing near to us. He's calling us to draw …

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My Tribute (To God be the glory) / Bless the Lord, O my soul.

Praise the Lord, my soul, all my inmost being, praise his holy name (Psalm 103:1). Let's think together of all the great things the Lord has done for us, and let us lift up our hearts and voices to him in worship. In love, the Lord is reaching out to us. He's speaking to our …

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“The Lord is my light and my salvation” (Psalm 27:1).

Whenever we confess our faith in the Lord, we must never forget what we were without the Lord. We were in darkness. We were lost. He has brought us out of our darkness and into His light. He has found us. He has saved us. The Lord is our light, and he is our salvation. …

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Lord, speak to me that I may speak in living echoes of Thy tone.

You are my God, and I will praise you; you are my God, and I will exalt you. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever (Psalm 118:28-29). The Psalmist offers his own worship to the Lord, and he calls upon others to worship the Lord. If we are learning to worship the …

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Who is on the Lord’s side? / Stand up, stand up for for Jesus / Soldiers of Christ, arise.

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to …

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I heard the voice of Jesus say, “Come unto Me and rest.”

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God (Psalm 42:1-2). On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers …

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I hear the sound of rustling in the leaves of the trees.

May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer (Psalm 19:14). We speak the Word of the Lord, and we think about what it means for us. We pray that the Lord will bless our words and our thoughts. We need the Lord's …

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I will rejoice, for He has made me glad.

With joy, you will draw water from the wells of salvation (Isaiah 12:3). The joy of the Lord is your strength (Nehemiah 8:10). In these two very encouraging verses, one from Isaiah and the other from Nehemiah, we read about joy, and we read about salvation and strength. What do we mean when we speak about joy? It is …

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Ye gates, lift up your heads on high.

Lift up your heads, you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, you gates; lift them up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is he, this King …

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Great is Thy faithfulness.

I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations. I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself (Psalm 89, verses 1 and 2). Singing of the Lord's great love: this lies at the heart of …

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Thy hand, O God, has guided Thy flock from age to age.

Future generations will be told about the Lord (Psalm 22:30). We look back to the Old Testament. We look back to the New Testament. We wonder, "Is this just ancient history?" We ask, "Does all of this have anything to do with us in today's world?" Here, God's Word gives us God's answer to our …

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Tell me the old, old story of Jesus and his love.

We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in you (Psalm 33:20-22). Here, we focus on the word, "hope." What do the politicians and economists have to …

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Bless us, Lord, and make us a blessing to others.

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin (Psalm 51:1-2). Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. …

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O for a closer walk with God

The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord is enthroned as King forever. The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace (Psalm 29:10-11). In these verses, we read about who God is, and we read about what he does for his people. (1) God is the "King." He is not just one king among many other …

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We are close to God’s heart, and we called to be his faithful people.

Psalm 148 begins and ends with the words, "Praise the Lord." This is the message that comes to us from every part of this Psalm: "Praise the Lord from the heavens... " (verses 1-6), "Praise the Lord from the earth... " (verses 7-14). In the final verse of the Psalm, we read about "the praise …

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We are not to keep the good news of Christ’s love to ourselves.

May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine on us, so that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations (Psalm 67:1-2). We have been blessed by the Lord. Let us share his blessing with others. As we go into the house of the Lord, we …

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