"Bow your heavens, O LORD, and come down!"
 

Thanks for praying with us.

This week's psalm declares the greatness of God, the smallness of humans, and the miracle of his investment in our salvation and flourishing. We come and go, and God needn't take any note of us at all, yet he "comes down" to punish wickedness and reward righteousness.

We spent most of our time discussing the ways in which remembering our smallness, and the quickness of our death, is helpful. It helps us avoid fantasy or despair at unmet expectation. It helps us discern which things are valuable and which things are not valuable. It helps us remember the incredible generosity of God. Because of these results, we can think of the shortness of human life, and the quickness of death, as a painful, good gift. It shows us the straight and narrow way home. 

Here are this week's requests and praises:

 

THE ACADEMY

Sponsorships - We continue to seek the last minute funds for a few more students. Please pray that we would receive everything we need to admit every needy student!

Academy Alumni and Academy Families - Continue to pray for Veronica as she prepares to announce our new offerings for alumni and their parents at this year's Closing Ceremony.

Preparing hearts - Summer camp starts a week from yesterday. Pray for first-time students, alumni, leaders track attendees, parents and grandparents, interns, artisans, speakers, managers, and mentors. Pray that God would make us ready to love each other and find him in community. Pray that he would give us his peace.
 

OFFICE

Peter's Computer - Praise God! We were able to recover all the data from Peter's ruined laptop at the end of last week, for less than it should have costed.
 

ADVANCEMENT

Benefactors - We'd like to secure two more donations of $10,000 or more before the end of July. Pray for God's blessing and favor with big givers!
 

PARTNERSHIPS

Fall Scheduling - Our Partnerships calendar for the fall is already almost full. Pray that God would help us know how to use our time wisely for the best kingdom work.

 

This week's Psalm

PSALM 144

    Blessed be the LORD, my rock,
        who trains my hands for war,
        and my fingers for battle;
    he is my steadfast love and my fortress,
        my stronghold and my deliverer,
    my shield and he in whom I take refuge,
        who subdues peoples under me.

    O LORD, what is man that you regard him,
        or the son of man that you think of him?
    Man is like a breath;
        his days are like a passing shadow.

    Bow your heavens, O LORD, and come down!
        Touch the mountains so that they smoke!
    Flash forth the lightning and scatter them;
        send out your arrows and rout them!
    Stretch out your hand from on high;
        rescue me and deliver me from the many waters,
        from the hand of foreigners,
    whose mouths speak lies
        and whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.

    I will sing a new song to you, O God;
        upon a ten-stringed harp I will play to you,
    who gives victory to kings,
        who rescues David his servant from the cruel sword.
    Rescue me and deliver me
        from the hand of foreigners,
    whose mouths speak lies
        and whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.

    May our sons in their youth
        be like plants full grown,
    our daughters like corner pillars
        cut for the structure of a palace;
    may our granaries be full,
        providing all kinds of produce;
    may our sheep bring forth thousands
        and ten thousands in our fields;
    may our cattle be heavy with young,
        suffering no mishap or failure in bearing;
    may there be no cry of distress in our streets!
    Blessed are the people to whom such blessings fall!
        Blessed are the people whose God is the LORD!

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