Psalm 66 prayer; an inclusive attempt

bridge path I was writing a prayer for this Sunday, and I thought it might be interesting to work around the pronouns to craft a prayer that was a bit more inclusive. However, there is a reference to American Football in there, so I don’t know *how* inclusive it truly is…

Praise our God, O peoples, let the sound of Deity’s praise be heard;
Let the whole world bless our God and loudly sing the praises of the Lord.
Our lives are in the hands of God, and the Lord keeps our feet from stumbling.
Providence has preserved us and kept us from falling.

You have tested us, O God; You have purified us like silver;
training us and passing us like precious metal through fire and water;
You brought us to a place of abundance.

Now we come together in this place to fulfill the promises we have made to You–
When we are in deep trouble, we make sacred bargains with You that we hope You’ll keep.
But we know that You are the Lord of Everything, and You certainly don’t need our help to run the show.
Nevertheless, as armchair quarterbacks, we call out the way we think the Universe ought to be run.
Please forgive us for our presumption and our attempts to get You to do things our way exclusively.

If we do not confess the sins we hide in our hearts, Lord, You don’t hear us —
But God DOES listen!
The Lord pays attention to our prayers, when we agree that God is God and we are not.
Praise Yahweh, who does not ignore our prayers or withdraw the Lord’s unfailing love from us.

Come and listen, all you who fear God, and I will tell you what Deity did for us all:
We cry out to the Lord for help, praising God as we speak.
Praise be to God, who has not rejected our prayer or withheld the Lord’s love from us!
God hears us as we pray together, saying: OUR FATHER…

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