Yet for this Psalm I chose to focus on all the nations worshiping the Lord. These little girls are friends. They love each other. They want to help each other. They see each other as sisters with one Father who loves them with abundant love and mercy. And so they join their hearts together in worship.
One thing I've been learning lately in my study and prayer time is that it is impossible to have a true relationship with God without first getting rid of all of the anger and hatred and fear that lives within us. Our world wants to make us angry. Our world wants to make us afraid. Our world wants to make us hate each other.
These girls have stopped listening to those messages of the world. They have attached themselves to a higher love. My prayer is to do the same.
Hear, O LORD, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.
Guard my life, for I am devoted to you. You are my God; save your servant who trusts in you.
Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I call to you all day long.
Bring joy to your servant, for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
You are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call to you.
Hear my prayer, O LORD; listen to my cry for mercy.
In the day of my trouble I will call to you, for you will answer me.
Among the gods there is none like you, O Lord; no deeds can compare with yours.
All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, O Lord; they will bring glory to your name.
For you are great and do marvelous deeds; you alone are God.
Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.
I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever.
For great is your love toward me; you have delivered me from the depths of the grave.
The arrogant are attacking me, O God; a band of ruthless men seeks my life-- men without regard for you.
But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.
Turn to me and have mercy on me; grant your strength to your servant and save the son of your maidservant.
Give me a sign of your goodness, that my enemies may see it and be put to shame, for you, O LORD, have helped me and comforted me.