Psalm 105: Looking at the whole picture

Psalm 105

1 O give thanks to the Lord, call on his name, make known his deeds among the peoples. 2 Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wonderful works. 3 Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. 4 Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually. 5 Remember the wonderful works he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he has uttered, 6 O offspring of his servant Abraham, children of Jacob, his chosen ones.

16 When he summoned famine against the land, and broke every staff of bread, 17 he had sent a man ahead of them, Joseph, who was sold as a slave. 18 His feet were hurt with fetters, his neck was put in a collar of iron; 19 until what he had said came to pass, the word of the Lord kept testing him. 20 The king sent and released him; the ruler of the peoples set him free. 21 He made him lord of his house, and ruler of all his possessions, 22 to instruct his officials at his pleasure, and to teach his elders wisdom.

45 that they might keep his statutes and observe his laws. Praise the Lord!

  • Spend 5 to 15 minutes in silent meditation using your deep breathing to guide you.
  • Remember a good work God has completed in your life.
  • Notice the fullness of time that surrounded that good work (as opposed to the one moment of recognition).
  • What moments of pain do you remember?
  • Was there a time you felt chained or wanted to give up?
  • What moments of joy do you remember?
  • Give thanks to God for this remembered work God has completed.
  • Where is God at work now in your life?
  • Is there pain?  Is there joy?  Both?
  • Give thanks for God’s presence and work in your life.
  • What praise comes to mind as a result of this time in prayer?
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.
Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, August 7 2011,  the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28
Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22, 45b
Romans 10:5-15
Matthew 14:22-33
If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author.
Permission to use in not-for-profit settings Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD.

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