Praying Through: Psalm 41

The Psalm

Psalm 41 (CSB)
For the choir director. A psalm of David.

1 Happy is one who is considerate of the poor; the LORD will save him in a day of adversity.

2 The LORD will keep him and preserve him; he will be blessed in the land. You will not give him over to the desire of his enemies.

3 The LORD will sustain him on his sickbed; you will heal him on the bed where he lies.

4 I said, “LORD, be gracious to me; heal me, for I have sinned against you.”

5 My enemies speak maliciously about me: “When will he die and be forgotten?”

6 When one of them comes to visit, he speaks deceitfully; he stores up evil in his heart; he goes out and talks.

7 All who hate me whisper together about me; they plan to harm me.

8 “Something awful has overwhelmed him, and he won’t rise again from where he lies!”

9 Even my friend in whom I trusted, one who ate my bread, has raised his heel against me.

10 But you, LORD, be gracious to me and raise me up; then I will repay them.

11 By this I know that you delight in me: my enemy does not shout in triumph over me.

12 You supported me because of my integrity and set me in your presence forever.

13 Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Amen and amen.

The Prayer

Savior of All

I will guard my mouth

  • and my heart
  • to not speak ill
  • of those who are in abundance
  • who do as they seem what is right in their own eyes
  • and live as there is no God

I pray for them

  • that you quickly save them
  • as I pray this prayer
  • and say these words

O Lord,

  • I need you to be gracious to me
  • heal my broken heart
  • for I continuously sin against you

I went about my days

  • being worthless and foolish
  • disobedient to all of your law
  • deceived by the prince of the air
  • enslaved by the lusts of my heart
  • and the idols of my mind
  • living in violent opposition to you
  • hated by others
  • and hating one another

But when you appeared to me

  • on that rainy Monday afternoon
  • when I just sinned against you
  • you saved me
  • I have done nothing righteous
  • in your eyes
  • but you alone where completely merciful to me
  • and you exchanged my sin-filled cancerous granite heart for your tender soft heart
  • and you washed me clean
  • and you renewed me with your Spirit
  • to whom there is no end

I bath in your Spirit

  • because your Son spoken and gave me Him
  • and now I am a wicked sinner
  • justified by Your grace
  • and now I am an adopted child
  • who now inherits everything
  • that you gave your Son

Be exalted, my God

Be exalted, higher and higher