EChurch@Wartburg: 09/19/2020:Wade Burleson: Psalm 23: When I Feel Tired, Weary and Exhausted

Mountain Stream in Autumn link

A Prayer for Today link

O God:
Give me strength to live another day;
Let me not turn coward before its difficulties or prove recreant to its duties;
Let me not lose faith in other people;
Keep me sweet and sound of heart, in spite of ingratitude, treachery, or meanness;
Preserve me from minding little stings or giving them;
Help me to keep my heart clean, and to live so honestly and fearlessly that no outward failure can dishearten me or take away the joy of conscious integrity;
Open wide the eyes of my soul that I may see good in all things;
Grant me this day some new vision of thy truth;
Inspire me with the spirit of joy and gladness;
and make me the cup of strength to suffering souls;
in the name of the strong Deliverer, our only Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

For Joy in God’s Creation link

O heavenly Father, you have filled the world with beauty:
Open our eyes to behold your gracious hand in all your works;
that, rejoicing in your whole creation, we may learn to serve you with gladness;
for the sake of him through whom all things were made, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

From the Ambrosian Hymnal: Traditionally attributed to Ambrose and Augustine

We praise you, O God, we acclaim you as the Lord; all creation worships you, the Father everlasting.
To you all angels, all the powers of heaven, the cherubim and seraphim, sing in endless praise:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory.
The glorious company of apostles praise you. The noble fellowship of prophets praise you.
The white-robed army of martyrs praise you. Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you:
Father, of majesty unbounded, your true and only Son, worthy of all praise, the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.
You, Christ, are the King of glory, the eternal Son of the Father.  When you took our flesh to set us free you humbly chose the Virgin’s womb.
You overcame the sting of death and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers. You are seated at God’s right hand in glory.
We believe that you will come and be our judge. Come then, Lord, and help your people,
bought with the price of your own blood, and bring us with your saints to glory everlasting.

Psalm 23 NIV

A psalm of David.

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
    he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
    for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,[a]
I will fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord

Traditional Gaelic blessing link

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.


EChurch@Wartburg: 09/19/2020:Wade Burleson: Psalm 23: When I Feel Tired, Weary and Exhausted — 2 Comments

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    Interesting you reference Te Deum Laudamus, citing it as Ambrosian. It is not Ambrosian, it is actually much older. New Advent places it between the two great creeds. It is more widely acknowledged to be among the earliest – if not THE earliest – of Christian hymns, and has many elements of early church worship. For folks with hymnals at home, a versified version of this is ‘Holy God, We Praise Thy Name.”