The Spirit of the Psalms: Though Sinners Boldly Join (Psalm 2)

God willing every Monday I will post a hymn, psalm or spiritual song for encouragement. They say we learn our doctrine through singing which aids in memorisation but I know from my own experience that I tend to focus more on the tune than the words, especially if I am more familiar with the song. So I thought why not take some devotional time every week to really look at the lyrics and the poetry of a spiritual song alongside the Scriptural passages that inspired it.

God willing every Monday I will post a hymn, psalm or spiritual song for encouragement. They say we learn our doctrine through singing which aids in memorisation but I know from my own experience that I tend to focus more on the tune than the words, especially if I am more familiar with the song. So I thought why not take some devotional time every week to really look at the lyrics and the poetry of a spiritual song alongside the Scriptural passages that inspired it. 

The Spirit of the Psalms
Psalm 2 Version 1

Though sinners boldly join
Against the Lord to rise,
Against His Christ combine
Th’Anointed to despise;
Though earth disdain,
And hell engage,
Vain is their rage,
Their counsel vain.

Jesus the Saviour reigns!
On Zion is His throne;
The Lord’s decree sustains
His own begotten Son.
Up from the grave
He bids Him rise
And mount the skies
With power to save.

O Serve the Lord with fear
And reverence His command;
With sacred joy draw near,
With solemn trembling stand;
Kneel at His throne,
Your homage bear,
His power declare,
And own the Son.
William Goode, 1762 – 1816
From ‘Psalms and Hymns of Reformed Worship’ Hymnbook.

Why are the nations so angry?
Why do they waste their time with futile plans?
The kings of the earth prepare for battle;
the rulers plot together
against the LORD
and against his anointed one.
“Let us break their chains,” they cry,
“and free ourselves from slavery to God.”
But the one who rules in heaven laughs.
The Lord scoffs at them.
Then in anger he rebukes them,
terrifying them with his fierce fury.
For the Lord declares, “I have placed my chosen king on the throne
in Jerusalem, on my holy mountain.”
The king proclaims the LORD’s decree:
“The LORD said to me, ‘You are my son.
Today I have become your Father.
Only ask, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance,
the whole earth as your possession.
You will break them with an iron rod
and smash them like clay pots.’”
Now then, you kings, act wisely!
Be warned, you rulers of the earth!
Serve the LORD with reverent fear,
and rejoice with trembling.
Submit to God’s royal son, or he will become angry,
and you will be destroyed in the midst of all your activities—
for his anger flares up in an instant.
But what joy for all who take refuge in him!
New living Translation (NLT)

The Spirit of the Psalms: I Once Despised and Scorned the Name (Psalm 1)

God willing every Monday I will post a hymn, psalm or spiritual song for encouragement. They say we learn our doctrine through singing which aids in memorisation but I know from my own experience that I tend to focus more on the tune than the words, especially if I am more familiar with the song. So I thought why not take some devotional time every week to really look at the lyrics and the poetry of a spiritual song alongside the Scriptural passages that inspired it.

God willing every Monday I will post a hymn, psalm or spiritual song for encouragement. They say we learn our doctrine through singing which aids in memorisation but I know from my own experience that I tend to focus more on the tune than the words, especially if I am more familiar with the song. So I thought why not take some devotional time every week to really look at the lyrics and the poetry of a spiritual song alongside the Scriptural passages that inspired it.

The Spirit of the Psalms
Psalm 1 Version 2

I once despised and scorned the name
Of my Creator God,
Believing every boastful claim
Of those who spurn His Word.

I walked in bondage to the ways
Of this lost world below,
And spent my strength and passing days
In selfishness and show.

Now in His Word my soul has found
All knowledge, truth and light;
Diffusing all my wondering mind
With unsurpassed delight.

Secure in Christ, He keeps me by
A living stream of grace,
And turns the sorest trial or sigh
To fruitfulness and peace.

Without His pardoning love would I
No place in Heaven find,
But be condemned, at death, to fly
As chaff before the wind.

I’ll trust His never failing love
Who knows and keeps His own;
He guards my way to realms above
And watches from His throne.
Evangelical Psalter
From ‘Psalms and Hymns of Reformed Worship’ Hymnbook.

Oh, the joys of those who do not
follow the advice of the wicked,
or stand around with sinners,
or join in with mockers.
But they delight in the law of the LORD,
meditating on it day and night.
They are like trees planted along the riverbank,
bearing fruit each season.
Their leaves never wither,
and they prosper in all they do.
But not the wicked!
They are like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind.
They will be condemned at the time of judgment.
Sinners will have no place among the godly.
For the LORD watches over the path of the godly,
but the path of the wicked leads to destruction.
New Living Translation (NLT)

Read For The Lord

Guided Christian Reading List

The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan.
The best possible starting point is this greatest-of-all allegories, which once shaped the nation. The nature of salvation and the spiritual battles of the believer are unfolded so helpfully, one never forgets. (C. H. Spurgeon read this over 100 times, regarding it as the most significant book after the Bible.)

Seven Certain Signs of True Conversion by Peter Masters.
How can seekers tell if God has worked in their hearts? This outlines the marks of true conversion so helpful for gaining and keeping assurance of salvation.

Baptism, the Picture and its Purpose by Peter Masters.
This describes the fourfold pictorial message of baptism intended by God, and shows why it is essential for new believers.

A Body of Divinity by Thomas Watson.
This classic is still the best way to obtain a bird’s-eye view of the faith. There are constant devotional and practical applications making this a fine survey of all the key doctrines. Of all the Puritans, Watson’s style is the briefest and most ‘modern’. Ideal for study groups, and for all ages.

Holiness by J.C. Ryle.
This outstanding manual needs no commendation. All who read it remember its counsels clearly, and recommend it to others. In vigorous prose it imparts an education in sanctification, assurance, growth, and love for Christ and has changed many lives.

Steps for Guidance in the Journey of Life by Peter Masters.
Christians must seek God’s will in all the major decisions of life. Here are six biblical steps for finding God’s pathway with special attention to courtship and marriage, and chapters on how to think about wealth, ambition, leisure and church membership.

God’s Rules for Holiness: Unlocking the Ten Commandments by Peter Masters.
Taken at face value the Ten Commandments are binding on all people, and will guard the way to Heaven. But the Commandments are far greater than their surface meaning, as this book shows. They challenge us as Christians on a wide range of deeds and attitudes, providing positive virtues as goals. And they give immense help for staying close to the Lord in our walk and worship.

Profiting from the World by A.W Pink.
Arguably Pink’s best book. Shows the effect of Bible reading (rightly done) on the believer’s attitude to sin, God, prayer, good works, obedience, the world, the promises, joy and love. A clear, stirring book for all readers, and good for group study. Excellent for young believers.

Only One Baptism of the Spirit by Peter Masters.
When is the believer baptised with the Spirit, and what happens? How does assurance come? Are we to struggle against sin, or will the Lord fight the battle for us? What is the filling of the Spirit? Straightforward answers with proof texts.

The Holy War (abridged) by John Bunyan.
This stirring allegory will give every reader a deep understanding of what happens in the salvation of a soul. Bunyan’s brilliant illustrations describe with immense insight the fall of ‘Mansoul’ and its rescue. A ‘must’ to be read, prompting a great step forward in spiritual growth. This edition is recast in modern English. Strongly recommended.

Spurgeon by Arnold Dallimore.
(1834-92) This is selected as the first biography on the list because it shows the power of the Word alone in converting many, and the way God blessed one who was obedient and faithful to Him. (We knew this Canadian author, now in glory, very well and deeply respected him as an outstanding speaker, pastor, biographer, and personality.)

The Attributes of God by A.W. Pink.
Nowhere else are the attributes of God presented in such brief compass with such clarity and devotional impact. Countless Christians have had their entire outlook transformed by this modern classic. Vital reading, because, before anything else, we must grasp God’s majesty and greatness.

The Charismatic Phenomenon by Peter Masters and John C Whitcomb.
So many believers have fallen for the charismatic movement. This shows the true purpose of the sign-miracles performed by the apostles, and shows that they were quite different from those claimed today. Were the gifts of New Testament times intended to be permanent? Answers are given.

The Pilgrim Church by E.H Broadbent.
A superb ‘sweep’ of the story of Gospel power down through the ages. This focuses especially on preachers and churches who were faithful to Christ, who laboured valiantly, who endured trial and persecution, who suffered martyrdom, and who strove to reform their churches to conform to the Word of God. A ‘conviction’ book, written with passion, and showing that those who are most faithful are those who are most blessed.

Christian Stewardship by Peter Masters.
The duties of Christian stewardship are here presented, and many questions answered.

Your Reasonable Service in the Lord’s Work by Peter Masters.
This is designed to inspire church members to seek avenues of service within the church. It focuses on the strong commands in the New Testament to serve the Lord.

The Lie: Evolution by Ken Ham.
The author shows how to recognise the two ‘world views’, one arising from evolution, and the other based on the fact of creation. It is shown that evolution is a religion. Many objections that are raised against the book of Genesis are answered. Christians must know how to answer these questions.

A Golden Treasury of Puritan Devotion by Mariano Di Gangi.
This is a brilliant way of tasting the Puritans. It contains 500 short extracts from thirteen key Puritans, all chosen for their above-average pithiness. Whether a play on words, or a surprising, even jolting figure, brilliant statements tumble out of these pages. How did these men produce so many? This is a very good way of appreciating more the great doctrines of the faith. [Currently out of print]

The Trinity by E.H. Bickersteth.
There is nothing to match this brilliant book by an evangelical scholar-bishop of the nineteenth century. It really helps one to see the greatness of each Person of the Trinity, and to love the Lord as never before.

Stand for the Truth by Peter Masters.
This gives the biblical arguments for separation from false teaching, showing the positive value of doing this. Ten commonly-heard arguments in defence of co-operation with Bible-denying groups (for example in evangelism) are answered.

Should Christians Drink? By Peter Masters.
What are the biblical statements which have convinced the overwhelming majority of Bible-believers for more than 150 years that the Lord wants His people to abstain from alcohol? These statements should be pondered and obeyed by all who want to please the Lord.

Answers to my Catholic Friends by Thomas F Heinze.
A lively book, novel in style, in which the author (a missionary in Italy for over 30 years) pinpoints the key differences between biblical salvation and Catholic teaching. He never says too much. Eight chief differences are singled out. This will definitely help the reader to witness to Catholic friends.

The Five Points of Calvinism by W.J. Seaton.
This clearly explains the famous ‘five points’, dealing helpfully with the problems that occur to many minds, and especially to young believers.

William Carey by S. Pearce Carey.
(1761-1834) A long read – but readers will never regret it. Dr John MacArthur calls this the best book he has ever read. It is a beautifully produced biography of the ‘father of modern missions’. Compelling pages convey the very atmosphere of an extraordinary time of missionary advance. Carey and his colleagues overcame mountainous obstacles to become the most productive church planters and Bible translators of all time. This story will stir the hearts of young and old alike.

From Forgiven to Forgiving by Jay Adams.
This simply must be read as it deals with one of the saddest omissions in many Christian lives. It is subtitled – Learning to Forgive One Another God’s Way. All aspects of forgiveness are presented, including common errors among Christians, and the matter of restitution also.

The Healing Epidemic (New Condensed Edition) by Peter Masters.
A kind of sequel to Charismatic Phenomenon, this answers charismatic claims and arguments, showing that sign-gifts have ceased. It includes chapters on demons; on how James 5 should be obeyed today, and on the Bible’s insistence that the mind should always be ‘switched on’ in worship. It has a great concluding chapter on medical aspects of divine healing, by the late Prof Verna Wright, a much-loved and eminent Christian doctor.

Remember the Lord’s Day by Peter Masters.
Why was the sabbath day instituted by the Lord, and does it continue now as the Lord’s Day? If so, in what way has it changed with the coming of Christ? How should it be kept? This booklet responds to these and other questions, showing that the sabbath principle is still God’s will for believers today.

The Purpose of the Lord’s Supper by Peter Masters.
This lists nine purposes behind the Lord’s Supper, and provides a basis for thought and prayer at the Table.

Further Reading List

The Soul Winner by C.H. Spurgeon.
Here is the incomparable liveliness and humour of Spurgeon on his favourite subject. Every believer has a part in the great harvest of souls, and this is stimulating reading. All who witness for Christ, and especially message-preparers, will be really glad that they read this. A tremendous start to this Sequel List.

The Lord Gave the Word by Malcolm H Watts.
Subtitled – A Study in the History of the Biblical Text. This will be found to be really interesting. The author sets out to show why the Authorised Version remains ‘the best English translation of God’s infallible and inerrant Word’. This is the story of early Bible manuscripts and how they have been copied. There has been a faithful copying tradition (on which the KJV is based) and a corrupt tradition. All who are faithful to the Bible need to be well-informed about this.

The Power of Prayer Meetings by Peter Masters.
Shows why corporate prayer is commanded by Christ and give unique promises. Includes practical advice on the form of the meeting, and style and contemt of prayer. An appendix shows why women should participate.

George Whitefield Evangelist of the 18th Century Revival by Arnold Dallimore.
People often ask, ‘Who is George Whitefield?’ which is sad, as he was possibly the greatest preacher of all, since Bible times. This is a first-choice biography because it gives a moving picture of Whitefield and of the outpourings of power witnessed in the great revival in both Britain and America. It does not duck the troubles, and will therefore help promote maturity in the reader.

The Bible on the Life Hereafter by William Hendriksen.
This outstanding work consists of fifty very short, crystal-clear chapters, each answering a frequently asked question such as – Shall we recognise one another in Heaven? What is the millenium? Immensely helpful to the bereaved, and perfect for study groups and classes.

Handbook of Revivals for the Use of Winners of Souls by Henry Fish.
This famous book defines revival, and surveys the occurrence of revivals in history. It includes considerable advice for practical outreach. There is nothing quite like this for stirring up a concern for vigorous evangelism.

The Dark Side of Christian Counselling by E.S. Williams.
In this book medical doctor Ted Williams challenges the claims of today’s Christian counsellors, giving a clear-cut and interesting overview of the counselling movement. His survey of the careers and teaching of the giants of secular psychology, the pillars of its ‘faith’, is unique. Nowhere else are these great names so clearly critiqued from a Christian point of view, and their militant atheism laid bare. Yet these are the heroes of new Christian counselling.

Names of God by Nathan Stone.
Twelve Old Testament names of God are explained with devotional application. This is a very moving and encouraging way to learn more about the wonderful ways in which God keeps, protects and strengthens His people.

The Tragedy of Compromise by Ernest D Pickering.
This takes us further into the greatest threat to biblical Christianity this century. New evangelicalism continues to swallow up British believers because they have not heard of it. Personalities are here named, as are movements, seminaries and magazines supportive of the new outlook. This book is essential for discernment.

Communion with God by John Owen.
Dr Law has made Owen’s weighty and powerful thoughts clear and readable. This book covers all aspects of communion with each person of the Godhead. A magnificent read.

Biblical Strategies for Witness by Peter Masters.
The Saviour employed quite different strategies when speaking to different kinds of unbeliever, and these may be adopted by us. How should we witness so as to arouse people who are spiritually indifferent, or self-righteous, or atheistic? Here is advice from the methods of the Lord.

PsychoHeresy by Martin and Deidre Bobgan.
Are we in the dark about what psychologists do, even in Christian counselling? The Bobgans’ books have made a huge impact, stimulating evangelical concern about the use of psychotherapies. This is packed with information about the myths of psychology. (Anyone thinking of studying psychology should take this on board.)

Worship in the Melting Pot by Peter Masters.
This book presents four essential principles laid down by Christ and strongly reaffirmed at the Reformation. It is surely by these that all new ideas should be assessed. Here also is a fascinating view of how they worshipped in Bible times, including their rules for the use of instruments, and the question is answered What does the Bible teach about the content and order of a service of worship today?

The Momentous Event by W.J. Grier.
The Lord’s return, and how to interpret prophecy, are compelling subjects. This little book sets out the Bible’s own rules for understanding prophecies, and corrects many wrong ideas about the Saviour’s second coming. Readers also have Daniel’s mysterious seventy weeks unravelled for them.
The Necessity of Sunday Schools by Peter Masters and Malcolm H Watts.
We must know why we should make a priority of Sunday Schools, because some preachers – astonishingly – have now turned against them! This is about the effectiveness of evangelistic Sunday Schools operated on a large scale. It gives proof that child evangelism is commanded in Scripture, and gives advice and encouragement for the opening or enlargement of Sunday Schools. [Currently out of print.]

The Triumph of Truth – A Life of Martin Luther by J.H Merle D’Aubigne.
To know about Luther’s life enables one to feel the pulse of the great Reformation and to be excited by its victories in a new way. The editor of this quality paperback says: ‘Luther’s story was never better told than by Swiss historian Merle d’Aubigné.

Not Like Any Other Book: Interpreting the Bible by Peter Masters.
A new approach to interpretation has gripped many evangelical seminaries and Bible colleges, an approach based on the ideas of unbelieving critics. This reveals what is happening, providing examples of right and wrong interpretation, and showing that the Bible includes its own rules of interpretation, and we should know what these are.

The Work of the Holy Spirit by Octavius Winslow.
It is time to read a substantial yet moving work on the place of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer. Readers will learn so much from this book that they will honour and depend upon the Holy Spirit as never before.

Faith, Doubts, Trials and Assurance by Peter Masters.
Ongoing faith is essential for answered prayer, effective service, spiritual stability and real communion with God. This book answers many questions about faith, such as – How may we assess the state of our faith? How can faith be strengthened? How should doubts be handled? How can we tell if troubles are intended to chastise or to refine? What can be done to obtain assurance? Can a believer commit the unpardonable sin? Exactly how is the Lord’s presence felt? Dr Peter Masters provides answers, with much pastoral advice, drawing on Scripture throughout.

The Greatest Hoax on Earth? By Jonathan Sarfati.
This volume is a direct response to Richard Dawkins’ latest work – The Greatest Show on Earth, subtitled, ‘The Evidence for Evolution’. The dismantling of Dawkins found in this book is both formidable and convincing. We enthusiastically endorse it as immensely God-glorifying for believers, and as being informative and challenging to newcomers to this debate.

Five English Reformers by J.C Ryle.
The book begins with the question, ‘Why were our reformers burned?’ Here are biographies of John Hooper, Rowland Taylor, Hugh Latimer, John Bradford and Nicholas Ridley. In warm, compelling style, Ryle describes the truths they died for and the great features of their Christian lives.

Prayer by John Bunyan.
This is two books in one – Praying in the Spirit (written in Bedford gaol), and The Throne of Grace published after Bunyan’s death. These contain numerous ‘nuggets of gold’ to help prayer and to solve many of its problems.

The Life and Diary of David Brainerd by Jonathan Edwards.
(1718-47) ‘Chiefly extracted from his diary’ by Edwards, the life of this truly selfless missionary will be a challenge and inspiration to all readers. Here we are reading a notable classic. (A bonus is that it contains a biography of Jonathan Edwards.)

The Inspiration & Authority of Scripture by Rene Pache.
This is the best and most readable presentation of its subject. Every believer should be able to define, for example, plenary and verbal inspiration. These and all other aspects of Scripture are engagingly set out by a great teacher. Pastors will want to prescribe this – a basic book for all believers.

A New Systematic Theology of the Christian Faith by Robert L Reymond.
The Cross Work of Christ
This last book on the Sequel List launches the reader into a major systematic theology book. The portion chosen will fire the reader to tackle other portions. In a comment about this work Dr Albert N Martin particularly notes the way in which the author proceeds from Scripture passages to unfold and prove the doctrines, while most other writers in this field have tended to start with the doctrines and provide the proof texts afterwards. Dr Reymond is a Presbyterian and this obviously affects his treatment of the Church and Baptism. (While commenting on areas of disagreement, we think he has gone entirely the wrong way with the man of sin in Romans 7.) Nevertheless, this book is magnificent. It is surely the best single-volume systematic theology available today. To read a work such as this advances the reader into a new level of appreciation of the Lord and His ways, strengthening the soul, increasing praise, and equipping the mind for service. [Currently out of print.]

The Spirit of the Psalms: How Blest Are They Who Turn To God (Psalm 1)

God willing every Monday I will post a hymn, psalm or spiritual song for encouragement. They say we learn our doctrine through singing which aids in memorisation but I know from my own experience that I tend to focus more on the tune than the words, especially if I am more familiar with the song. So I thought why not take some devotional time every week to really look at the lyrics and the poetry of a spiritual song alongside the Scriptural passages that inspired it.

God willing every Monday I will post a hymn, psalm or spiritual song for encouragement. They say we learn our doctrine through singing which aids in memorisation but I know from my own experience that I tend to focus more on the tune than the words, especially if I am more familiar with the song. So I thought why not take some devotional time every week to really look at the lyrics and the poetry of a spiritual song alongside the Scriptural passages that inspired it.

The Spirit of the Psalms
Psalm 1 Version 1

How blest are they who turn to God,
Forsaking sinful ways;
Renouncing haunts of worldly minds,
And unbelieving days.

They make the teaching of the Lord
Their quest and great delight;
And to its guidance daily turn,
With ever clearer sight.

Like trees they stand so full of life,
The living stream beside;
They yield their fruit, and strong endure,
No matter what betide.

But those who to this boasting world
Commit their hope and trust,
The coming Day shall drive away,
Like worthless chaff, or dust.

O mighty grace that we might stand
Among the sons of love!
When Christ the Lord, our coming King,
Shall lift our souls above.
Evangelical Psalter
From ‘Psalms and Hymns of Reformed Worship’ Hymnbook.

Oh, the joys of those who do not
follow the advice of the wicked,
or stand around with sinners,
or join in with mockers.
But they delight in the law of the LORD,
meditating on it day and night.
They are like trees planted along the riverbank,
bearing fruit each season.
Their leaves never wither,
and they prosper in all they do.
But not the wicked!
They are like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind.
They will be condemned at the time of judgment.
Sinners will have no place among the godly.
For the LORD watches over the path of the godly,
but the path of the wicked leads to destruction.
New Living Translation (NLT)

A Teachable Spirit

See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him. 1 John 3:1.

Last Sunday I attended morning worship after a very long time of absence. In a way I am ashamed of how long it has been since I regularly attended and at the same time I am thankful that I am not fully aware of how long it has been. I was warmly welcomed and happy to be back. It felt like my Sunday school days, a happy memory. I am very blessed to have grown up in a church my maternal grandparents attended so there remains a lot of people who know me, even if I am not always sure of who they are at first and that the building itself is familiar.

A few things prompted my return to worship. Our Father has been enabling and softening my heart, through private bible study and prayer, towards it for a few months now and there was a recent BBC article that I read which discussed Christian Syrian refugees being given asylum in Wales. The criteria provided by the government to see if they were genuinely coming here for religious freedom really stuck with me. The criteria included being interested in and preparing for water Baptism, regularly attending worship and prayer meetings and being known to the local leaders of their assembly. These people were facing being killed or having their families kidnapped back in their home country where Christianity is illegal and here I am professing the same faith and not risking my life or being overly persecuted. Not even thinking about what I can do for God only what He does for me. Thinking that all my private faith activity and prayer made up for my lack of public faith activity and prayer.

I decided to give up caffeine during Lent because I was starting to see that it was affecting my anxiety levels and I thought I would do that as a fruit of repentance before attending regular worship but Our Father had other plans and convinced me that I should come to Him after only a few weeks of being caffeine free and while I still could and in His power not mine. Not to be like the rich man who did not want to give up his riches to enter the Kingdom or Lot’s wife who looked back to the world but to press on and not wait for a ‘perfect or acceptable’ time determined by myself.

Our Father has been teaching me lessons in humility and reliance on Him. In January He taught me that through pain comes endurance and growth and in February He taught me that living in the present moment casts away discontent and worry. In March He is teaching me that in Christ alone means no compromise and a hypocrite does not get into Heaven or get to return to earth to reign with Him in His Kingdom. All this combined to convict me to get back to a balance of public and private worship, prayer and activity or service. What’s more He has provided it and readied it all for me I just have to go and keep going. Morning worship every Sunday, Prayer meeting every Friday, a Woman’s Bible study group once a month on a Thursday, and an opportunity to serve Fridays and Sundays at the community lunches washing dishes and gravy pots! These are opportunities for me to act on faith, love and hope. To show my love to my Heavenly Father, Creator and Redeemer by doing His will not mine. They are not saving works, they are works I am enabled to do because I am being saved to do them instead of doing things my old life and body wants to do, like never leaving the house, staying in my pyjama’s and listening to Minecraft Let’s Plays and worldly Vloggers.

A Prayer to Bless this Work

Heavenly Father.

We dedicate this blog to your glory and to the promotion of the good news of your Son Jesus Christ. Who came down from your side in Heaven and took on human flesh and temptation and lived a perfect life honouring you. He died for our sins, to save us from our stubborn and proud selves and an eternity in hell away from your presence, who willingly suffered utter injustice, humiliation and crucifixion but rose again from the dead on the third day by your great power. Please bless the work of our hands and the hearers and doers of your Word and Work. Please keep us humble and truthful and accountable in bearing your name and reputation.
Have mercy on us and guide us with your Spirit of Holiness every step of the way.
Amen.