Reading and Prayer – July 21

Psalm 3

Lord, how many are my foes!
  How many rise up against me!
Many are saying of me,
  “God will not deliver him.”
But you, Lord, are a shield around me,
    my glory, the One who lifts my head high.
I call out to the Lord,
    and he answers me from his holy mountain.
I lie down and sleep;
    I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.
I will not fear though tens of thousands
    assail me on every side.
Arise, Lord!  Deliver me, my God!
Strike all my enemies on the jaw;
    break the teeth of the wicked.
From the Lord comes deliverance.
    May your blessing be on your people.

Prayer:

Lord, you hear the voices of those who cry out to you. 
When all seems lost, you remain. 
When darkness threatens to consume, you sustain. 
In you, I can rest and not fear.
Amen