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Springs in Dry Valley – Psalm 84

O Lord,
I sing when I am with you,
in your presence,
I am safe and secure.

I rely on you for my strength,
my purpose,
my hope.

When life is a dry valley,
you are the one
who brings water,
flowing,
refreshing,
life-giving.

Lord,
I long to be with you,
rather than anywhere else.

I come
and sit
and revel in your blessings.

Psalm 84

Psalm 84 (CEV)

The Joy of Worship

84 Lord God All-Powerful,
    your temple is so lovely!
Deep in my heart I long
    for your temple,
    and with all that I am
    I sing joyful songs to you.

Lord God All-Powerful,
    my King and my God,
sparrows find a home
    near your altars;
    swallows build nests there
    to raise their young.

You bless everyone
who lives in your house,
    and they sing your praises.
You bless all who depend
    on you for their strength
    and all who deeply desire
    to visit your temple.
When they reach Dry Valley,
    springs start flowing,
    and the autumn rain fills it
    with pools of water.
Your people grow stronger,
    and you, the God of gods,
    will be seen in Zion.

Lord God All-Powerful,
the God of Jacob,
    please answer my prayer!
You are the shield
    that protects your people,
    and I am your chosen one.
    Won’t you smile on me?

10 One day in your temple
is better
    than a thousand
    anywhere else.
I would rather serve
    in your house,
    than live in the homes
    of the wicked.

11 Our Lord and our God,
you are like the sun
    and also like a shield.
You treat us with kindness
    and with honor,
    never denying any good thing
    to those who live right.

12 Lord God All-Powerful,
    you bless everyone
    who trusts you.

Held Tightly, Yet Gently

You’re my Rock,
my place of safety.

You hold the earth,
and me within it,
tightly,
yet gently.

You carefully,
lovingly,
formed this earth
and placed me in it.

You know each blade of grass,
each contour of the hills,
each cell of my body
and you watch over it.

So I come,
in realisation,
in thankfulness,
in praise.

There are days for questions,
for shouting,
for anger;
but today is a day of praise.
I lift my heart and soul to you.
To worship you,
not just from where I am today,
but from the very depth of my being.

Thank you for your gentle,
tender,
yet strong
hold on me.
When my hold on you
is not so strong,
my I remember
your strength
and care:
your love
and tenderness;
your watching
and your promise.

And hold on to that
as you hold on to me.

By Raja Selvaraj (Sheperd) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Psalm 95:1-7 (CEV)

Worship and Obey the Lord

95 Sing joyful songs to the Lord!
    Praise the mighty rock
    where we are safe.
Come to worship him
with thankful hearts
    and songs of praise.

The Lord is the greatest God,
    king over all other gods.
He holds the deepest part
    of the earth in his hands,
    and the mountain peaks
    belong to him.
The ocean is the Lord’s
    because he made it,
    and with his own hands
    he formed the dry land.

Bow down and worship
    the Lord our Creator!
The Lord is our God,
    and we are his people,
    the sheep he takes care of
    in his own pasture.

Listen to God’s voice today!

Worship From The Sofa

So this morning, I took a sensible decision not to go to church.  I then thought I’d have a look at this mornings readings.  I’d seen various tweets this week from preachers grappling with them.

So I idly tweeted

and after an encouraging response an idea was born.  So here is this mornings worship from my sofa – very rough and off the top of my head:

Psalm 69:7-18 (CEV)

It is for your sake alone
    that I am insulted
    and blush with shame.
I am like a stranger
    to my relatives
    and like a foreigner
    to my own family.

My love for your house
    burns in me like a fire,
and when others insulted you,
    they insulted me as well.
10 I cried and went without food,[a]
    but they still insulted me.
11 They sneered at me
for wearing sackcloth[b]
    to show my sorrow.
12 Rulers and judges gossip
    about me,
    and drunkards make up songs
    to mock me.

13 But I pray to you, Lord.
    So when the time is right,
answer me
    and help me
    with your wonderful love.
14 Don’t let me sink in the mud,
but save me from my enemies
    and from the deep water.
15 Don’t let me be
    swept away by a flood
    or drowned in the ocean
    or swallowed by death.

16 Answer me, Lord!
    You are kind and good.
    Pay attention to me!
    You are truly merciful.
17 Don’t turn away from me.
    I am your servant,
    and I am in trouble.
Please hurry and help!
18     Come and save me
    from my enemies.

24 Disciples are not better than their teacher, and slaves are not better than their master. 25 It is enough for disciples to be like their teacher and for slaves to be like their master. If people call the head of the family Satan, what will they say about the rest of the family?

The One To Fear

26 Don’t be afraid of anyone! Everything that is hidden will be found out, and every secret will be known. 27 Whatever I say to you in the dark, you must tell in the light. And you must announce from the housetops whatever I have whispered to you. 28 Don’t be afraid of people. They can kill you, but they cannot harm your soul. Instead, you should fear God who can destroy both your body and your soul in hell. 29 Aren’t two sparrows sold for only a penny? But your Father knows when any one of them falls to the ground. 30 Even the hairs on your head are counted. 31 So don’t be afraid! You are worth much more than many sparrows.

Telling Others about Christ

32 If you tell others that you belong to me, I will tell my Father in heaven that you are my followers. 33 But if you reject me, I will tell my Father in heaven that you don’t belong to me.

Not Peace, but Trouble

34 Don’t think that I came to bring peace to the earth! I came to bring trouble, not peace. 35 I came to turn sons against their fathers, daughters against their mothers, and daughters-in-law against their mothers-in-law. 36 Your worst enemies will be in your own family.

37 If you love your father or mother or even your sons and daughters more than me, you are not fit to be my disciples.38 And unless you are willing to take up your cross and come with me, you are not fit to be my disciples. 39 If you try to save your life, you will lose it. But if you give it up for me, you will surely find it.

Hymn: The Servant Song: we’re here to help each other, walk together, bear each others load & learn from one another

Hymn: Indelible Grace Music – O Love That Will Not Let Me Go lyrics: – God never leaves me or lets me go

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Hymn: The Lord’s My Shepherd NEW VERSION (with lyrics): – God with me always, whatever circumstance – thank you God