Lord God, We give thanks to you for your name is near. You are resplendent with light, more majestic than mountains rich with game. We sing praise forever to you, the God of Jacob. You alone are to be feared. No one can stand before you when you are angry. When you pronounce judgment from heaven, the land fears and is quiet. At your rebuke, both horse and chariot lie still. You break flashing arrows, the shields and the swords, the weapons of war. You rise up to judge and to save all the afflicted of the land, and so we choose to trust in you when we are afflicted. You are the one who chooses the appointed time, you are the one who judges uprightly. When the earth and all its people quake, it is you who hold the pillars firm. And so we trust you to hold the pillars of our lives firm when we are shaken by adversity. We ask you to hold the pillars of this nation firm. No one from the east or the west or from the desert can exalt a man. You are the one who judges, who brings one down and exalts another. You break the spirit of rulers and are feared by the kings of the earth. And so we choose not to be arrogant or to boast but to humble ourselves under your mighty hand that you may lift us up at the proper time. We will fulfill the vows we make to you, and bring gifts to you, the One who is to be feared. It is in Jesus’ name that we pray these things, amen.