Daily Reading and Prayer – Tuesday, August 4

So many of the Psalms seem to be embodied by the life, works and words of Jesus. The followers of Jesus in the early church took these words to heart, as they followed the lead of this Psalm and the example of Jesus in ministering to the oppressed, the hungry, the imprisoned, the blind, the bowed down, the foreigner, the orphan, the widow. And that mandate has not changed!

Psalm 146
1 Praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord, my soul.
2 I will praise the Lord all my life;
I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
3 Do not put your trust in princes,
in human beings, who cannot save.
4 When their spirit departs, they return to the ground;
on that very day their plans come to nothing.
5 Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lord their God.
6 He is the Maker of heaven and earth,
the sea, and everything in them—
he remains faithful forever.
7 He upholds the cause of the oppressed
and gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets prisoners free,
8 the Lord gives sight to the blind,
the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down,
the Lord loves the righteous.
9 The Lord watches over the foreigner
and sustains the fatherless and the widow,
but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.
10 The Lord reigns forever,
your God, O Zion, for all generations.
Praise the Lord.

Prayer
Dear Lord,
We put our trust in you.
We have seen how our political systems and our political leadership can often let us down,
But you, O Lord, are faithful forever.
Help us ever and always to find our answers in you, to find our guidance in your word, to find our hope in Jesus.
Your heart, Father, has always been for those who are in need.
And so together with this Psalm, we pray for the oppressed, the hungry, the imprisoned, the blind, the bowed down, the foreigner, the orphan, the widow.
As we pray, move our hearts, challenge us to action, inspire us with a vision of what we can do on behalf of those who are in need.
May you always hear our prayer, and may we hear our prayers too, so that we might be moved to respond, and be your instruments of answered prayer.
Amen.