Daily Reading and Prayer – Wednesday, July 29

Psalm 140 –Selected verses

There seems to be a great deal of unrest and violence in our world today. Even more prevalent are those with “tongues as sharp as a serpent’s; the poison of vipers is on their lips.”

All the more important to have our heart in tune with the Word of God; there, we learn that “the Lord secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy.” When justice and compassion lead the way, we know we are on the right path.

1 Rescue me, Lord, from evildoers;
protect me from the violent,
2 who devise evil plans in their hearts
and stir up war every day.
3 They make their tongues as sharp as a serpent’s;
the poison of vipers is on their lips.

12 I know that the Lord secures justice for the poor
and upholds the cause of the needy.
13 Surely the righteous will praise your name,
and the upright will live in your presence.

Prayer:
Everlasting Father, wonderful and counselor, you are the almighty God, the all-knowing and all-seeing God. Nothing is hidden from you, and even darkness is as plain as light before you. I praise and adore your holy name for who you are and for the things you do.

God, I approach your presence today in the multitude of your mercy; I know that you know my ways and I do not want to be wise in my own eyes. And so, Lord, I ask that you lead me today and give me guidance, direction, clarity, and wisdom into your truth. God, order my steps by your Holy Spirit, let my choices be guided by your word. May justice and compassion mark my steps this and every day.

Amen.