June 6, 2022

Prayer for Joy in God’s Creation

O heavenly Father, you have filled the world with beauty: Open our eyes to behold your gracious hand in all your works; that, rejoicing in your whole creation, we may learn to serve you with gladness; for the sake of him through whom all things were made, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Psalm 58

Do you indeed decree righteousness, you rulers? *
do you judge the peoples with equity?
No; you devise evil in your hearts, *
and your hands deal out violence in the land.
The wicked are perverse from the womb; *
liars go astray from their birth.
They are as venomous as a serpent, *
they are like the deaf adder which stops its ears,
Which does not heed the voice of the charmer, *
no matter how skillful his charming.
O God, break their teeth in their mouths; *
pull the fangs of the young lions, O Lord.
Let them vanish like water that runs off; *
let them wither like trodden grass.
Let them be like the snail that melts away, *
like a stillborn child that never sees the sun.
Before they bear fruit, let them be cut down like a brier; *
like thorns and thistles let them be swept away.
The righteous will be glad when they see the vengeance; *
they will bathe their feet in the blood of the wicked.
And they will say,
“Surely, there is a reward for the righteous; *
surely, there is a God who rules in the earth.”

Image: “Creation” by uzi yachin is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0.

 

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