Elder's Prayer - September 8, 2019
Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday.
Listen to the words of the Psalmist in Psalm 95 as he calls us who are his sheep, to worship the Lord with Thanksgiving.
Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
2 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
3 For the Lord is a great God,
and a great King above all gods.
4 In his hand are the depths of the earth;
the heights of the mountains are his also.
5 The sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands formed the dry land.
6 Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!
7 For he is our God,
and we are the people of his pasture,
and the sheep of his hand.
Today, if you hear his voice,
8 do not harden your hearts
Let’s open our hearts in prayer.
Father, as we gather before you today, may we do so with hearts that are wide open, thankful, singing joyfully, and embracing you as our rock and our salvation.
You are great O, Lord! A great king above all gods.
You are sovereign over every atom in the universe and for that we give thanks.
Because in your hand is all creation, the depths of the earth, and the heights of the mountain. May we always rest in that great truth; no matter the circumstances of our lives, we know you rule over all, and it is in that truth alone we find peace.
The sea is yours, you formed the dry land.
How can we not bow down before you, our Lord, our creator?
We are in your hands, the days of our lives are purposed by you. For your will and your glory, help us make the most of them by recognizing how we can serve you and serve those you’ve sovereignly put in our lives, rather than seeking to serve ourselves.
We are your sheep, the people of your pasture, by your Spirit we hear your voice as you have revealed yourself and your will in your Word.
Help us to listen. May we never harden our hearts to your truth as some have and be given over to the deceitfulness of sin. Guard our hearts.
May we increasingly come to understand what a rich treasure we possess in Jesus Christ our Lord and be content and thankful resting in you.
Yours is the kingdom and power and glory forever, Amen.