As we have been going through our “Beloved” series on the life of David this summer, from time to time we have looked at various Psalms that he wrote during his challenging path to becoming King of Israel. As we go to prayer this morning, I will be reading some familiar verses from Psalm 27, another Psalm written by David.
Reading from Ps 27:1-3; 7-14
The LORD is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?
When evildoers assail me
to eat up my flesh,
my adversaries and foes,
it is they who stumble and fall.
Though an army encamp against me,
my heart shall not fear;
though war arise against me,
yet I will be confident.
Hear, O LORD, when I cry aloud;
be gracious to me and answer me!
You have said, “Seek my face.”
My heart says to you,
“Your face, LORD, do I seek.”
Hide not your face from me.
Turn not your servant away in anger,
O you who have been my help.
Cast me not off; forsake me not,
O God of my salvation!
For my father and my mother have forsaken me,
but the LORD will take me in.
Teach me your way, O LORD,
and lead me on a level path
because of my enemies.
Give me not up to the will of my adversaries;
for false witnesses have risen against me,
and they breathe out violence.
I believe that I shall look[f] upon the goodness of the LORD
in the land of the living!
Wait for the LORD;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the LORD!
Lord, we are thankful once again for this opportunity to come to You in prayer and worship together with others in this place! You have blessed us in so many ways, and we give You praise for Your love and faithfulness to this body of believers! Thank You for our worship team and how they have led us in worshiping and praising You today!
Thank You, Lord for these words of David that have been preserved for us in Your Word! Thank You that You are our Light, our Salvation, and the Stronghold of our lives whom we can turn to every moment of the day!
Thank You for Your mercy and that You do not reject us, though we sometimes reject You and are rejected by others. As we confess our sins to You this morning, we are thankful that You are faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness! And thank You for the confidence that You give us that we will see Your goodness as we wait on You, and You provide strength to see us through life’s challenges and difficulties.
So we lift up those who are joining us today or who a part of our family here at Grace Point who are hurting or struggling in various ways. May they be encouraged by Your Word and Your Spirit as they wait on You for healing or deliverance from their trial. May we also, as brothers and sisters in Christ, surround them with love, prayer and encouragement.
We pray for our brothers and sisters in Lebanon at the Horizons ministry and the church in Amchit. May they also find strength in Your Word as Your Spirit guides them. Thank You for the partnership that we have with them and be with Denise and the FOCUS team as they plan for a trip to Lebanon later this year. We ask that all the logistics be worked out and that the people from here who go would be the ones that You want so your purposes can be accomplished.
We pray for our other missionary partners that You would guide and protect them so their ministry and calling would be effective and that You shield them from the Enemy. We pray the same for our staff, elders, and volunteers here at Grace Point, that we would be led by You, the Chief Shepherd of the church. Keep us unified by your Spirit as we work together to serve You.
And Lord as Dave leads us this morning with the message that You have laid on his heart, may the words that he says be guided by Your Spirit and may we be open and receptive to the message that You have for each of us. May we not only be good hearers of the Word but be good doers as well as we apply it to our lives this week.
We ask this in the name of Jesus our Savior and Lord, Amen!
Ken Kovalik, Elder Chair