Praise is due to you, O God, in Zion; and to you shall vows be performed,
O you who answer prayer! To you all flesh shall come.
When deeds of iniquity overwhelm us, you forgive our transgressions.
Happy are those whom you choose and bring near to live in your courts. We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house, your holy temple.
By awesome deeds you answer us with deliverance, O God of our salvation; you are the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas.
By your strength you established the mountains; you are girded with might.
You silence the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, the tumult of the peoples.
Those who live at earth’s farthest bounds are awed by your signs; you make the gateways of the morning and the evening shout for joy.
You visit the earth and water it, you greatly enrich it; the river of God is full of water; you provide the people with grain, for so you have prepared it.
You water its furrows abundantly, settling its ridges, softening it with showers, and blessing its growth.
You crown the year with your bounty; your wagon tracks overflow with richness.
The pastures of the wilderness overflow, the hills gird themselves with joy,
the meadows clothe themselves with flocks, the valleys deck themselves with grain, they shout and sing together for joy.
Food For Thought:
The line that stands out to me in this passage of Scripture is about God forgiving our transgressions. Forgiveness is such an important part of our walk as Christians. Receiving forgiveness from God and from others is the most freeing feeling. Think of a time when you have forgiven someone. How did that feel? Think of a time when you have been forgiven. How did that feel?
Giving and forgiving God,
you created the good earth and blessed it.
Give us glad and generous hearts,
that we may rejoice and give thanks for
the abundance of your creation,
the depths of your mercy,
and your care for all. Amen.
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