Psalms for Today

It is very difficult to fathom and get our heads round (at least my head round) how things have changed in such a short time.  Our lives have been changed and disrupted beyond our imagination.

In these testing times we all need to keep our faith and hope alive! For us one way of keeping our faith and hope alive is turning to God especially through praying the Psalms.

Many lay people pray the Psalms each day.  Regular praying of the Psalms probably began during the exile of the Israelites in Babylon.  The temple of Jerusalem had been destroyed and no sacrifice could be offered.  Today it is no different for us although our churches are not destroyed but closed for public worship.

Psalms are wonderful prayers of praise, thanksgiving, hope, trust, fear etc. etc. They express our human passion and feelings of all sorts. 

During these difficult days, to keep our faith and hope alive in God, and that we may not despair, I hope to bring to you regularly a Psalm of lamentation and a Psalm of hope and trust, to pray uniting ourselves with all our parishioners and all the people of God.  Hope it will help us all.

~Canon Edward Perera

PSALMS FOR SUNDAY 29 MARCH

Psalm 44 – We have heard with our ears, O God,
our ancestors have told us,
what deeds you performed in their days, in the days of old:
you with your own hand drove out the nations,
but them you planted;
you afflicted the peoples,
but them you set free;
for not by their own sword did they win the land,
nor did their own arm give them victory;
but your right hand, and your arm,
and the light of your countenance, for you delighted in them…

             (pray the complete psalm)

Psalm 62 – For God alone my soul waits in silence;
from him comes my salvation.
He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress;
I shall never be shaken…

             (pray the complete psalm)

Psalms for Sunday 22 March

Psalm 22 – My God, my God why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning?
O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer;
And by night, but find no rest.

Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel.
In you our ancestors trusted; they trusted and you delivered them.
To you they cried and were saved;
In you they trusted and were not put to shame…

             (pray the complete psalm)

Psalm 23The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want
He makes me lie down in green pasture;
He leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil;
For you are with me; your rod and your staff – they comfort me…….

            (pray the complete psalm)