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“Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem!  Praise your God, O Zion!  For He has strengthened the bars of your gates; He has blessed your children within you.”  (Psalm 137:12-13)

The children of promise are blessed.  The Lord sees all who come and go.  Those who come to Him and seek Him are blessed.  He will strengthen the ones who trust in Him.  He will guard the ones who look to Him.  The Lord knows those who are His.  The Lord watches over our going out and coming in.  Come unto the Lord and walk in His blessing.  Praise Him for His goodness.

Lord, bring my eyes to see through the mess of this world.  Guide me according to Your goodness to know that in You is the hope for all people.  You are the Maker and Redeemer of all.  Teach my heart to know that in You and You alone is all that I can ever hope for.  Lead me into Zion that I may dwell in Your house forever.  Help me to be a person of praise now and forever.

Lord Jesus, You said that there are many rooms in the Father’s house.  You promised that as many as believe would be redeemed.  Count me among Your followers that I may now and always learn to praise and give thanks for all of the goodness in this world.  Lead me, O Lord, in the way of truth that I may abide with You as You abide with me.  Strengthen my self-control that I would always remain with You.  Amen.