Psalm 68

Psalm 68:5, 6, 7-10, 11-13, 19, 20, 35

A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.
O Father, the pregnant woman without support from her unborn child’s father or her own family is like a widow. Defend her, we pray.

God sets the lonely in families, he leads forth the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.
Father, there is a widespread spirit of fatherlessness in Mississippi. Pour out a spirit of adoption upon this state and lead forth her families with singing.

When you went out before your people, O God, when you marched through the wasteland, the earth shook, the heavens poured down rain, before God, the One of Sinai, before God, the God of Israel. You gave abundant showers, O God; you refreshed your weary inheritance. Your people settled in it, and from your bounty, O God, you provided for the poor.
Refresh our weary inheritance in the Mississippi Delta, Lord.

The Lord announced the word, and great was the company of those who proclaimed it: “Kings and armies flee in haste; in the camps men divide the plunder. Even while you sleep among the campfires, the wings of my dove are sheathed with silver, its feathers with shining gold.”
Lord, announce Your word over the Delta. May a great company, tens of thousands and thousands of thousands, proclaim it against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. We say to the evil forces, Flee in haste! We invite the angels whose wings are sheathed with silver and gold into our land.

Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens. Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign LORD comes escape from death. You are awesome, O God, in your sanctuary; the God of Israel gives power and strength to his people. Praise be to God!

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