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  • Psalm Ninety

    Lord, you have been our home
    for all our generations.
    Before there were mountains,
    before You formed the heavens and the earth,
    You are our God.
    You turn men from self destruction,
    and call us to repentance.
    A thousand years to You is the same
    as a day, Lord.
    You carry man away with the flood,
    even from the grave, You bring them up like grass.
    It flourishes with Your will, Lord,
    and in the evening it is cut down.

    We are eaten up in Your anger, Lord,
    Your punishment is more than we can bear.
    Every day we suffer at Your hand, Lord,
    our lives are only a shadow of our past.
    We live about seventy five years, Lord,
    and even when we see eighty,
    it is for nothing, for we are cut down,
    and are no more.

    Who knows the power of Your anger, Lord?
    Who understands Your wrath, who stands in fear of You?

    Teach us to treasure our lives, Lord,
    so we can devote our hearts to Your wisdom.

    Come back to us, God,
    forgive us of our sins against You.
    Grant us Your mercy, Lord,
    let us rejoice and glorify Your name.
    We will serve You with gladness and thanksgiving.
    Let Your mercy cover us for as long as we have suffered.
    Let us see Your grace where we have seen Your punishment.

    Show us Your works and miracles, oh God,
    and let Your servants sing Your praises for all time.

    Let the beauty of the Lord shine upon us,
    give us tasks to perform to serve You, oh God.
    Mold us like clay to be what You will.

    ”O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.” - Matthew 26:39 [KJV]

    Surrender is not a bad thing. Not when the one you are surrendering to is the Lord.

    For years, the Jews offered sacrifices of animal blood to God. These rituals became so routine, they lost sight of the reason they were making them and began to live sinful lives. They fell into the trap of routine.

    Its easy to fall in to a routine. We do it all the time. We get up at a set time, prepare for our day, go to work or to school, or do what we have to do almost without thinking, and that is the trap. Because once we have accepted it as routine, we begin to lose sight of why we do what we do.

    It can even happen with prayer. We try to build a life of prayer and service, but sometimes we find the routine so comfortable we forget to be thankful for the opportunity to pray.

    The Jews are praying for the coming of God's forgiveness. Jesus is asking for God's miracle. Their prayers are focused and specific.

    When you pray, are you merely going over old ground? Or are you talking with God?

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