August 5, 2022

Prayer for Quiet Confidence

O God of peace, you have taught us that in returning and rest we shall be saved, in quietness and confidence shall be our strength: By the might of your Spirit lift us, we pray you, to your presence, where we may be still and know that you are God; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Psalm 88

OLord, my God, my Savior, *

by day and night I cry to you.
Let my prayer enter into your presence; *

incline your ear to my lamentation.
For I am full of trouble; *

my life is at the brink of the grave.
I am counted among those who go down to the Pit; *

I have become like one who has no strength;
Lost among the dead, *

like the slain who lie in the grave,
Whom you remember no more, *

for they are cut off from your hand.
You have laid me in the depths of the Pit, *

in dark places, and in the abyss.
Your anger weighs upon me heavily, *

and all your great waves overwhelm me.
You have put my friends far from me;
you have made me to be abhorred by them; *

I am in prison and cannot get free.
My sight has failed me because of trouble; *

Lord, I have called upon you daily;
I have stretched out my hands to you.
Do you work wonders for the dead? *

will those who have died stand up and give you thanks?
Will your loving-kindness be declared in the grave? *

your faithfulness in the land of destruction?
Will your wonders be known in the dark? *

or your righteousness in the country where all is forgotten?
But as for me, O Lord, I cry to you for help; *

in the morning my prayer comes before you.
Lord, why have you rejected me? *

why have you hidden your face from me?
Ever since my youth, I have been wretched and at the point of death; *

I have borne your terrors with a troubled mind.
Your blazing anger has swept over me; *

your terrors have destroyed me;
They surround me all day long like a flood; *

they encompass me on every side.
My friend and my neighbor you have put away from me, *

and darkness is my only companion.

Image: “‘Quiet and Refreshing’” by Chrismatos ♥90% OFF, sorry is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

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