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What Do You Want from God?
Psalm 114 Prayed
Praising the Lord for his faithfulness to his people
O Lord, when you led ancient Israel came out of Egypt,
the house of Jacob from a people of foreign tongue,
Judah became your sanctuary,
Israel your dominion.
Just as we the Church are your temple,
and your Holy Spirit lives in us.
And your temple is sacred,
and we are that temple.
We remember that before you saved us
we were separate from you, O Christ,
excluded from citizenship in Israel
and foreigners to the covenants of the promise,
without hope and without God in the world.
But now in you, O Christ Jesus
we who once were far away
have been brought near
through your blood.
Thank you that today,
we are no longer foreigners and strangers,
but fellow citizens with your people Israel
and also members of your household,
built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets,
with you yourself as the chief cornerstone.
In you the whole building is joined together
and rises to become a holy temple for you, O Lord.
And in you we too are being built together
to become a dwelling in which God lives by the Holy Spirit.
By faith the people of Israel
passed through the Red Sea as on dry land;
but when the Egyptians tried to do so,
they were drowned.
The sea looked and fled,
the Jordan turned back;
Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground,
for you, the Lord our God dried up the Jordan
before them until they crossed over.
You, the Lord our God, did to the Jordan
just what you had done to the Red Sea
when you dried it up
until Israel crossed over.
The mountains skipped like rams,
the hills like lambs.
Why was it, O sea, that you fled,
O Jordan, that you turned back,
you mountains, that you skipped like rams,
you hills, like lambs?
These things happened to them as examples
and were written down as warnings for us, the Church,
on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come.
Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord,
at the presence of the God of Jacob,
who turned the rock into a pool,
the hard rock into springs of water.
Ancient Israel ate the same spiritual food as us,
and drank the same spiritual drink as us;
for they drank from the spiritual rock that
and that rock was you, O Christ.
Therefore may we drink of the water you give us,
so that we will never thirst.
Indeed, let the water you give us
become in us a spring of water
welling up to eternal life.
O Lord Jesus Christ,
you are the bread of life.
Israel’s forefathers ate the manna in the desert,
yet they died.
But you are the bread that came down from heaven,
which anyone may eat and not die.
May we eat of this bread,
so that we can live forever.
This bread is your flesh
which you have given for the life of the world.