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Personal Liturgy for the Work Day: Psalm 90

October 31, 2011 - Bobby Gross, author of Living the Christian Year: Time to Inhabit the Story of God wrote this personal liturgy based on Psalm 90. Consider using this liturgy to assist your meditation on Psalm 90 and begin your work with prayer.

Reverence

Lord, you have been our dwelling-place
    in all generations.
Before the mountains were brought forth,
    or ever you had formed the earth and the world,
    from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

I begin my work this day, O God, acknowledging you as Creator and Redeemer. In you I live and move and have my being. All that exists, you made, including us humans in your image. You so loved this world that you entered it—Word becoming flesh—in order to save it. And surely you will redeem "all things" in the universe, including higher education, for your glory. So all praise and honor belongs to you, Eternal God. Amen.

Humility

You turn us back to dust,
    and say, 'Turn back, you mortals.'
For a thousand years in your sight
    are like yesterday when it is past,
    or like a watch in the night.


You sweep them away; they are like a dream,
    like grass that is renewed in the morning;
in the morning it flourishes and is renewed;
    in the evening it fades and withers.

I acknowledge my mortality and my finitude, O Lord. Apart from your providential grace, I could neither live nor work; so I enter into this day's labor with gratitude and humility.

Furthermore, I fall far short of your moral expectations for me: I am not holy. Have mercy on me this day and help me to conduct myself in a manner that pleases you.

For more of Psalm 90, visit the link below.


The Scripture quotations above are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U. S. A. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Related Web Resource: http://www.intervarsity.org/gfm/faculty/resource/personal-liturgy-for-the-work-day-psalm-90


"Only the devil has an answer for our moral difficulties, and he says: 'Keep on posing problems, and you will escape the necessity of obedience.' But Jesus is not interested in the young man's problems; he is interested in the young man himself."
-Dietrich Bonhoeffer; The Cost of Discipleship