John Nunnikhoven is a member of The Fellowship of Ailbe and has begun working toward what, Lord willing, will become a re-awakening of the Church as a body directed into living the Kingdom in the here and now as it awaits the yet to come.
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How precious to me are Your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I would count them, they are more than the sand. I awake, and I am still with You.
Yes, my Lord, Your thoughts sustain me and that comforts me today as I go to take this medical test. No, no, You never let go of me!
The LORD is my portion; I promise to keep your words. I entreat your favor with all my heart; be gracious to me according to your promise.
Lord, Thank You for all the blessings yesterday, those that we recognized and those that we did not. Forgive me Lord, for those blessings of which I was aware, but neglected to thank You and acknowledge Your hand in the provision. Lord, remove the callus on my heart that makes me insensitive to Your hand upon my life and give me increased awareness of Your presence.
Oh that You would slay the wicked, O God! O men of blood, depart from me! They speak against You with malicious intent; Your enemies take Your name in vain! Do I not hate those who hate You, O LORD? And do I not loathe those who rise up against You? I hate them with complete hatred; I count them my enemies.
Lord, I am in Your hands, I know that You will protect me from the attempts of the Evil One to discourage me, fill me with fear, trust in my own knowledge and strength, tempt me with the lures of this world; any way to take my eyes off You and to stray from the Way of Righteousness. Train my conscience to be an alert sentinel against the wiles of those who loathe You.
Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!
Lord, it is a continuation of the refining process, of working out my salvation, of becoming Your Ambassador of Reconciliation, posted to the Kingdom of Man. To lead me in the way everlasting is to lead me along that narrow path that wends through the Kingdom of God, tasting and sampling the pleasures of Your presence every step of the way. A foretaste of the joy to come as You bring your Kingdom into full awareness.
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. Deliver me, O LORD, from evil men; preserve me from violent men, who plan evil things in their heart and stir up wars continually. They make their tongue sharp as a serpent's, and under their lips is the venom of asps. Selah Guard me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from violent men, who have planned to trip up my feet. The arrogant have hidden a trap for me, and with cords they have spread a net; beside the way they have set snares for me. Selah
Lord, I don't know what challenges, temptations, trials and tests that I am going to face today. I do know that the Evil One is cunning in his attempts to swerve me from the path of obedience to Your word. I also know, that in my own strength and left to my own devices, I am weak, I am a coward and I bring disgrace to Your Name. Therefore, guard me, Lord, set my feet upon the path of righteousness so that I will not trip and disgrace You.
Psalm 140:6-8 I say to the LORD, You are my God; give ear to the voice of my pleas for mercy, O LORD! O LORD, my Lord,
I say to the LORD, You are my God; give ear to the voice of my pleas for mercy, O LORD! O LORD, my Lord, the strength of my salvation, You have covered my head in the day of battle. Grant not, O LORD, the desires of the wicked; do not further their evil plot, or they will be exalted! Selah
Lord, You are my Lord, I come to You pleading for strength and wisdom. You are the source of my salvation, You have equipped me for battle and direct my every step. Praise You, my Lord and my Master.
Psalm 140:9-11 As for the head of those who surround me, let the mischief of their lips overwhelm them!
As for the head of those who surround me, let the mischief of their lips overwhelm them! Let burning coals fall upon them! Let them be cast into fire, into miry pits, no more to rise! Let not the slanderer be established in the land; let evil hunt down the violent man speedily!
Lord, I am in Your hands, You are my Protector, You are the One who stands between me and the forces of the Evil One. All You ask of me is that I seek Your face, that I swerve not to the right or the left and that You are my God, always and in all things. May it be so, my Lord and my Master.
Psalm 140:12-13 I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and will execute justice for the needy.
I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and will execute justice for the needy. Surely the righteous shall give thanks to Your name; the upright shall dwell in Your presence.
Thank You, my Lord, You are my Rock, my Shield, Your Name is exalted among the nations. You are the Source of justice; You are the Restorer of Shalom; in You all goodness dwells and the upright find pleasure and comfort in Your presence.
When I think on my ways, I turn my feet to your testimonies; I hasten and do not delay to keep your commandments.
It is a miracle, Lord, a miracle of grace and mercy as I think on my ways and realize where I was and where I am now. Life in the Kingdom of God is infinitely more joy-filled than life in the Kingdom of Man. You are the great and gracious Redeemer, to You I not only owe all obedience but am consumed with a passion to serve You in Spirit and in Truth.
O LORD, I call upon You; hasten to me! Give ear to my voice when I call to You! Let my prayer be counted as incense before You, and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice!
Lord, I call to you, I plead with You, fill me to overflowing with you, let my mouth drip with your praises as honey from a comb, let my every thought be of You and Your glories, let my heart be consumed with passion for You, let the eyes of my heart roam to and fro seeking Your presence. Bless me, my Lord and my Master with You.
Psalm 141: 3-4
Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips! Do not let my heart incline to any evil, to busy myself with wicked deeds in company with men who work iniquity, and let me not eat of their delicacies!
Lord, only Your Holy Spirit can be the guard of my mouth, direct my heart away for evil and control my appetite for the delicacies of the world. I have proven time and time again, that I am powerless, all too willing to succumb to the siren call of the Evil One. But in You, with You, for You will be goodness and mercy all the days of my life.
Psalm 141:5 Let a righteous man strike me--it is a kindness; let him rebuke me--it is oil for my head; let my head not refuse it.
Let a righteous man strike me--it is a kindness; let him rebuke me--it is oil for my head; let my head not refuse it. Yet my prayer is continually against their evil deeds.
Lord, keep me open to correction and to continuous guidance from You through one of Your own. Cleanse me from the need to justify myself and my actions, remove from me that self-defensive nature and install in me a willingness to accept that You have chosen a messenger to give me a needed word. Give me the grace to accept that guidance and to be thankful and bless Your servant. And to remember to thank You that You love me so much that You would send a righteous man to rebuke me.