Father, we know it is good to give thanks to you, to sing praises to your name, to declare your steadfast love in the morning and your faithfulness throughout our days, for you, O Lord, have us glad by your works and at the work of your hands we sing for joy!  How great are your works, O Lord! Your thoughts are unsearchable and your ways inscrutable!  We are exceedingly glad that you reign and that your throne is established from of old and you are everlasting.  We declare to the nations this day your glories unending!  For you are great and greatly to be praised!  You alone are God!  All the gods and idols of this world are worthless.  Merciful Father, help us to see that they have mouths, but do not speak; they have eyes, but do not see; they have ears, but do not hear. God we are here, asking for you to shower us with your grace to see that the things of this world are worthless, the work of human hands.  Help us to see that those who trust in them become like them.  Lord God of our salvation, it is NOT to these that we have come, but to you for you have been our dwelling place in all generations.  Before the mountains were brought forth or you had formed the earth, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.  So teach us this morning from the depths of your Word.  We need your Spirit to help us this day.  We cannot understand in and of ourselves, so upon you we wait… You tell us that those who wait upon you will not be put to shame, so make us to know your ways and teach us your paths.  Lead us in your Truth and teach us for you are the God of our salvation and upon you we will wait all the day long.

Remember your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old.  Remember not the countless sins of our youth, nor our daily transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember your people and for Your Name’s Sake, pardon our guilt for it is great!!  We pray that you would turn to us and be gracious to us.  Guard our souls this day and keep our minds from wandering.  Let us see Christ in ways we never dreamt possible.  Let us hear His voice in ways we never have experienced.  Let those who are unrepentant hear you beckon, “Come, you poor and needy, weak and wounded, Come to the Everlasting Rest!”  Open all our hearts with the Sword of Your Truth.  Break the pride that dwells deep inside with the weight of your glory and your beauty.  Stamp out the false humilities, vanities and love of self by the power of your Spirit through Christ’s precious blood!  We thank you for Christ and his work on our behalf on the cross.  Unstop our ears and unharden our hearts that we may hear him, follow him, cling to him and satisfy ourselves in Him alone.  O Merciful Shepherd, blind your flock this morning with your glory!  Unveil your glory to your people this hour.  Come to us in power and in truth!  We pray all this and even more than we can imagine asking in Jesus’ precious and glorious name. Amen.

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