Dec 27, 2011

Prayers of Praise: Psalm 29

Here’s a prayer of praise based on Psalm 29, the suggested psalm for Epiphany 1.  The prayer was written by Joan Stott.

Prayers of Praise
(based on Psalm 29)

Glorious God, we come to worship and praise you in response to your voice that calls us to our home in you. We join with all the voices of the earth, together with all the voices of the heavens, to praise the glorious name of our God; and to bow down in awe before the mighty energies of our God, as we experience them in nature.

Almighty and Unshakeable God, we hear your voice in its many tones and accents, and experience something of your powers and your strength in the surging waves of the seas; and in the swirling forces of the waves as they crash against the rocky outcrops along the shore. We sing our praises to the power of our Unshakeable God!

Powerful and ever-present God, we praise your holy name, and listen for your voice as it continues to echo through the mighty canyons, and amongst the huge forest giants that wilt before your power and majesty. Your holy voice speaks to all creation in the thunder and lightning of storms; and in the noise of trees crashing to the earth like tiny twigs before the relentless forces of the forest fires and winds.
Majestic God, your voice is heard in the wind and rain as they roar across the open plains; and in the rush of flood waters that sweep all before it. Even in that devastation, the voice of God is heard and nothing can compare to it.
Mighty God, King all powerful, we are overwhelmed before such awesome majesty, and our response to the voice of God can only be to come in reverent worship with songs of praise that glorify and honour our holy and invincible God, as we bow in worship, and as we praise and celebrate our God. Amen.
 
— written by Joan Stott, on the Geelong City Parish UCA website. If used in shared worship, please provide an acknowledgement as follows: © 2011 Joan Stott – "The Timeless Psalms" RCL Psalm Year A, used with permission.