Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love, that he may deliver their soul from death and keep them alive in famine. – Psalm 33:18-19
Father we rejoice in the fact that you have your eye on us, those who rest in your faithfulness and love toward us. Despite our ongoing sinful condition, we thank you that you will not leave us to our sin but will move heaven and earth to be near us and demonstrated that so clearly and effectively through blood of your son. Deliver us from our sin, deliver us from those things of the world that keep us from deeper fellowship with you. During the present state of the world would you sustain and keep our hearts alive and on fire with love for you even as we find ourselves in a famine of sorts. Draw near to us even as we draw near to you.
For the word of the LORD is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness. He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadfast love of the LORD. – Psalm 33:4-5
We thank you for your word to us, for not leaving us to our own devices, leading ultimately to destruction, but you have given everything we need to know for eternal life and godliness through your scriptures. We rejoice in your works in creation and salvation and that all you have done is in faithfulness even when our faith falters. We praise you that you are a God of justice and while apart from you and left to our sin this is a terrifying reality, we thank you that for us who have rested in Christ, we know that because of his death and resurrection you can remain just and mercifully justify all of us who through Jesus trust in you.
And now a prayer from the book of common prayer for this sixth Sunday after Pentecost
O Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your people who call upon you, and grant that they may know and understand what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to accomplish them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.