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Psalm 5
1Give ear to my words, O LORD;*
consider my meditation.

2Hearken to my cry for help, my King and my God,*
for I make my prayer to you.

3In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; *
early in the morning I make my appeal and watch for you.

4For you are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness,*
and evil cannot dwell with you.

5Braggarts cannot stand in your sight;*
you hate all those who work wickedness.

6You destroy those who speak lies;*
the bloodthirsty and deceitful, O LORD, you abhor.

7But as for me, through the greatness of your mercy I will go into your house;*
I will bow down toward your holy temple in awe of you.

8Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness,
because of those who lie in wait for me;*
make your way straight before me.

9For there is no truth in their mouth;*
there is destruction in their heart;

10Their throat is an open grave;*
they flatter with their tongue.

11Declare them guilty, O God;*
let them fall, because of their schemes.

12Because of their many transgressions cast them out,*
for they have rebelled against you.

13But all who take refuge in you will be glad; *
they will sing out their joy for ever.

14You will shelter them,*
so that those who love your Name may exult in you.

15For you, O LORD, will bless the righteous; *
you will defend them with your favor as with a shield.

A Prayer for the Human Family
O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Daily Psalm and Prayer – Tuesday, July 11

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