Monday, November 21: Psalm 140- Reflections on the Lord's Prayer.

As I read David’s words, a number of the petitions of the Lord’s Prayer came to mind…

Deliver me from evil (or evil one), was the first to. How deeply in this Psalm David prays for protection and rescue from evildoers.

Then there was all the naming and ‘hallowing of the Lord’ and the idea of the righteous praising the Lord… hallowed be thy name bounced around my thoughts.

In the affirmation of God securing the protection of the poor, I heard the basis for our plea for daily bread and God’s will being done on earth as in heaven

Although very different this Psalm reminds me that the prayer Jesus taught is the ‘perfect’ prayer as a prayer itself and a model of key elements in most everyone’s prayers.

And so I prayed:

Our Father who art in Heaven,

             Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done,

         On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread;

And forgive us our debts,

         as we forgive our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation,

    But deliver us from evil,

For thine is the kingdom, and the power

and the glory forever.  Amen.


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