3.19.2011

A Prayer for the World

As a belated response to all the tumult in the Middle East, Japan, New Zealand, and elsewhere, I note that in my "year of memorizing Bible verses" schedule, since earlier this month I have gotten stuck on the passage below. It is by far the longest I've attempted to commit to memory, and because it has seemed to hold particular relevance for the moment we are now in, I have lingered on it for longer than all of the others. Won't you consider saying/praying it with me for a little while longer?

Psalm 46
God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change
And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea;
Though its waters roar and foam,
Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride.
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
The holy dwelling places of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her, she will not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns.
The nations made an uproar, the kingdoms tottered;
He raised His voice, the earth melted.
The LORD of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our stronghold.
Come, behold the works of the LORD,
Who has wrought desolations in the earth.
He makes wars to cease to the end of the earth;
He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two;
He burns the chariots with fire.
"Cease striving and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth."
The LORD of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our stronghold.







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