The Psalms’ Inherent Prayer

Saturday, May 21, 2022

The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster

Psalm 135
Praise the name of God,
praise the works of God.
All you priests on duty in God’s temple,
serving in the sacred halls of our God,
Shout “Hallelujah!” because God’s so good,
sing anthems to the beautiful name of the divine.
And why? Because God chose Jacob,
embraced Israel as a prize possession.

I, too, give witness to the greatness of God,
our Lord, high above all other gods…

God, your name is eternal,
God, you’ll never be out-of-date.
God stands up for the people,
God holds the hands of the people.

Family of Israel, bless God!
Family of Aaron, bless God!
Family of Levi, bless God!
You who fear God, bless God!
Oh, blessed be God of Zion,
First Citizen of Jerusalem!

Praying the Psalms
Praise your name, O God
Author, Word and Translator;
Sovereign, Savior and Shelter;
Majesty, Mercy and Mystery;
Creator, Christ, and Compassion;
Parent, Partner, and Friend;
Earth-Maker, Pain-Bearer and Life-Giver;
Holy Incarnate Majesty, Holy Incarnate Word, Holy Abiding Spirit;
Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer;
God who brings us to life, calls us to freedom, and moves between us with love;
shepherd, rock, fortress, deliverer,
peace, light, salvation,
strength and shield,
devouring fire
abiding presence.[1]

[1]The names for God are drawn from Wil Gafney’s Trinity Sunday sermon

May 21, 2022

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