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Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17
Praying with Jesus 102211
Somehow it seems special to pray with Jesus. And it is special both to acknowledge that Jesus is the Christ of the living, and that we are somehow reassured that we are doing ‘it’ right. I, like many, am always insecure about my prayers. Am I doing it right? Will God listen to my prayers, or only acknowledge that I am an immature and silly worshipper, with a less than holy attitude?
But Jesus, like all observing Jews of his day, sang the Psalms in the temple as a child, no doubt, and like most all of us, if we sing hymns in church, they come back to us during the week. Maybe Jesus hummed the tunes of the sung Psalms like we hum or whistle as he worked with his father, or as he worked on Roman civil projects, like the building of Sepphoris, a few miles from Nazareth where poor Jews worked for wages.
One day at a local Farmer’s Market I was whistling ‘Come Thou Fount Of Many Blessing’ as I sold eggs and vegetables. Three customers recognized the tune but none of us instantly remembered the hymn’s title. Yet the simple music was with us (and we finally recalled the title).
Maybe if we say the prayer of Psalm 90, we can recall what Jesus felt and knew when he worshipped at the temple in Jerusalem as a child. It was a long time ago, but Jesus is still with us, so he is close, right here with us in this room!
Pray that all receive the peace of Jesus this day! Pray for peace,
1Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations.
2Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
3You turn us back to dust, and say, “Turn back, you mortals.”
4For a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday when it is past, or like a watch in the night.
5You sweep them away; they are like a dream, like grass that is renewed in the morning;
6in the morning it flourishes and is renewed; in the evening it fades and withers.
13Turn, O Lord! How long? Have compassion on your servants!
14Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, so that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
15Make us glad as many days as you have afflicted us, and as many years as we have seen evil.
16Let your work be manifest to your servants, and your glorious power to their children.
17Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and prosper for us the work of our hands— O prosper the work of our hands!
44Moses came and recited all the words of this song in the hearing of the people, he and Joshua son of Nun. 45When Moses had finished reciting all these words to all Israel, 46he said to them: “Take to heart all the words that I am giving in witness against you today; give them as a command to your children, so that they may diligently observe all the words of this law. 47This is no trifling matter for you, but rather your very life; through it you may live long in the land that you are crossing over the Jordan to possess.”
39“You search the scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that testify on my behalf. 40Yet you refuse to come to me to have life. 41I do not accept glory from human beings. 42But I know that you do not have the love of God in you. 43I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept me; if another comes in his own name, you will accept him. 44How can you believe when you accept glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the one who alone is God? 45Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father; your accuser is Moses, on whom you have set your hope. 46If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. 47But if you do not believe what he wrote, how will you believe what I say?”
The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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