1 O Lord, hear me as I pray; pay attention to my groaning. 2 Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for I pray to no one but you. 3 Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.
4 O God, you take no pleasure in wickedness; you cannot tolerate the sins of the wicked. 5 Therefore, the proud may not stand in your presence, for you hate all who do evil. 6 You will destroy those who tell lies. The Lord detests murderers and deceivers. 7 Because of your unfailing love, I can enter your house; I will worship at your Temple with deepest awe. 8 Lead me in the right path, O Lord, or my enemies will conquer me. Make your way plain for me to follow.
9 My enemies cannot speak a truthful word. Their deepest desire is to destroy others. Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave. Their tongues are filled with flattery. 10 O God, declare them guilty. Let them be caught in their own traps. Drive them away because of their many sins, for they have rebelled against you. 11 But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them sing joyful praises forever. Spread your protection over them, that all who love your name may be filled with joy. 12 For you bless the godly, O Lord; you surround them with your shield of love.
Some of you may be enjoying the September bank holiday today… Hopefully it is a time of rest and not mad catching up on things that should have been done before! I am struck by verse 7 in this Psalm: because of God’s love, we can enter his house and worship with deepest awe. I wonder whether you’re able to take a few minutes today to reflect on what God’s house is like? Can you go on an imaginary visit in your mind?
Questions for thought and discussion…
- How does your imaginary picture of God’s house match up with the idea of worshipping in ‘deepest awe’?
- How might you use the idea of being welcome in God’s house with your young people?