Daily Psalm and Prayer, December 1, 2020



A Prayer for Commerce and Labor

Almighty God, whose Son Jesus Christ in his earthly life shared our toil and hallowed our labor: Be present with your people where they work; make those who carry on the industries and commerce of this land responsive to your will; and give to us all a pride in what we do, and a just return for our labor; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.



Psalm 5

  Give ear to my words, O LORD; *
consider my meditation.
  Hearken to my cry for help, my King and my God, *
for I make my prayer to you.
  In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; *
early in the morning I make my appeal and watch for you.
  For you are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness, *
and evil cannot dwell with you.
  Braggarts cannot stand in your sight; *
you hate all those who work wickedness.
  You destroy those who speak lies; *
the bloodthirsty and deceitful, O LORD, you abhor.
  But as for me, through the greatness of your mercy I will go into your house; *
I will bow down toward your holy temple in awe of you.
  Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness, because of those who lie in wait for me; *
make your way straight before me.
  For there is no truth in their mouth; *
there is destruction in their heart;
10   Their throat is an open grave; *
they flatter with their tongue.
11   Declare them guilty, O God; *
let them fall, because of their schemes.
12   Because of their many transgressions cast them out, *
for they have rebelled against you.
13   But all who take refuge in you will be glad; *
they will sing out their joy for ever.
14   You will shelter them, *
so that those who love your Name may exult in you.
15   For you, O LORD, will bless the righteous; *
you will defend them with your favor as with a shield.