Laudate Pueri Dominum

I praise you, LORD.
I have been so blessed 
by men and women who fear you 
and find great delight in your commands.

I am blessed to be among them now, 
to be one of those who fears you 
and loves your Word. 

Oh, Lord, please 
make my children and grandchildren mighty in the land; 
let these next generations be blessed 
beyond my wildest dreams.

Grant them true wealth 
and enduring riches; 
let the walls of their homes be adorned 
with righteousness.

Let your light dawn in their lives, 
and dispel all darkness for them. 
Make them gracious and compassionate and righteous.
Make them generous and anxious to give. 
Make them just in all their affairs.

Let them never be shaken; 
give them a sterling reputation.
Save them from rumor and gossip. 
Make their hearts steadfast, always trusting in you.
Make them confident and fearless.
Give them victory over every enemy, every obstacle.
Bless their efforts on behalf of the poor 
and needy 
and sick. 
And give them influence and honor,
for your name's sake. 

Let the wicked look at them and be vexed, 
wondering at the blessings of the righteous, 
in Jesus' name, amen.

(based on Psalm 112)

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