New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

"A Liturgy for Morning Prayer," Upper Room Worshipbook

Used by permission from the Book of Common Worship, © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved. This prayer appears in “A Liturgy for Morning Prayer” in Upper Room Worshipbook.


Today’s Reflection

The Psalms were created largely for worship. Our Psalter includes individual cries for help and thanksgiving for deliverance, but even these found a way into the corporate worship of God’s people. You may feel intimidated by the suggestion that you create your own psalms, but the model I offer is simple and has been used by youth and seniors alike. At the end of each chapter you are invited to write a psalm of your own, one that includes your experience, desire, need, hope, or joy. You can allow your thoughts to “take off” or use a simple model I learned many years ago.

—Elizabeth J. Canham, Finding Your Voice in the Psalms: An Invitation to Honest Prayer (Upper Room Books, 2013)

Today’s Question

What psalm or verses from Psalms help you express your feelings to God? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

O come, let us worship and bow down;
let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!
—Psalm 95:6 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Show me your ways, Lord,
teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.
Psalm 25:4-5 (NIV)
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  • Julie Posted July 6, 2023 9:09 am

    Many. It depends om my mood. That is the wonderful thing about the Psalms, all human emotion is reflected within. The Psalms give us permission to bring any emotion to God and he will listen.

  • Ally Posted July 6, 2023 6:57 pm

    Psalm 51: Create in me a clean heart, On God, and renew a right spirit within me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation. Do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
    Work is very busy. We hit the ground running at 7:30 and go at a frenetic pace until 3:30. I’m exhausted by 3:30 and am ready for a nap when I get home. Yesterday was my birthday and when I got home from work, David had vacuumed. A nice present. We celebrated with Tex-Mex and chocolate-dipped cones from Dairy Queen. Please pray my stamina builds up as I get used to being busy again. Love your insight into the Psalms, Julie. Love to all.

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