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Psalm 68:19

20 August, 2023

Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. – Psalm 68:19

Bountiful God, you bless us each day with dispensations of grace and mercy, to your people and to your church. We herald the joy of your benefits with gratitude, unceasing praise and thanksgiving, worship and songs of adoration. O God of our Salvation, your blessings are manifested in your redemption and deliverance of mankind, thereby displaying your unconditional love and your perfect righteousness.

You tirelessly save us and restore us, conferring upon us and loading us with new favors, and by our professions of faith, and our earnest reparation for our grievances, you forgive us and cancel the debt of our sins, which have already been ransomed by Christ’s Blood, on the Cross. You show your faithfulness by incessantly showering your bounty upon us, lifting the burdens of our afflictions.

Father, you are the only Author and Finisher of our present and everlasting Salvation, by your covenanted promises with us, as our Supreme God. You have given our Lord Jesus the authority over death, Who has conquered and destroyed the power of death by his resurrection. In Jesus rests both authority and power to rescue us, his followers, from the dominion of death, by giving us total victory over it, when we shall rise again. For the last enemy that Jesus shall destroy is death, and we await this, in Jesus’ Name. Amen

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