Psalm 30 – Joy comes with the morning

PSALM 30:1-12

1   I will extol you, O LORD, for you have drawn me up,
and did not let my foes rejoice over me.
2   O LORD my God, I cried to you for help,
and you have healed me.
3   O LORD, you brought up my soul from Sheol,
restored me to life from among those gone down to the Pit.

4   Sing praises to the LORD, O you his faithful ones,
and give thanks to his holy name.
5   For his anger is but for a moment;
his favor is for a lifetime.
Weeping may linger for the night,
but joy comes with the morning.

6   As for me, I said in my prosperity,
“I shall never be moved.”
7   By your favor, O LORD,
you had established me as a strong mountain;
you hid your face;
I was dismayed.

8   To you, O LORD, I cried,
and to the LORD I made supplication:
9   “What profit is there in my death,
if I go down to the Pit?
will the dust praise you?
Will it tell of your faithfulness?
10  Hear, O LORD, and be gracious to me!
O LORD, be my helper!”

11  You have turned my mourning into dancing;
you have taken off my sackcloth
and clothed me with joy,
12  so that my soul may praise you and not be silent.
O LORD my God, I will give thanks to you forever.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying attention to the deep breath.
  • Identify a part of you that is hidden from God.
  • Breathe into this place that is hidden.
  • Be gentle with yourself.
  • God is not hiding God’s face from you.
  • Turn toward God and reveal this place that is hidden.
  • Allow God to remove the sackcloth.
  • Be filled with the joy of God who loves us completely just as we are.
  • Allow this joy to bathe the place that has been hidden.
  • Praise God from this new place and be released from silence.
  • Listen from this place to hear God’s love for you.
  • Give thanks to God for wholeness in love and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, February 12, 2012, the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B 
2 Kings 5:1-14
Psalm 30:1-12
1 Corinthians 9:24-27
Mark 1:40-45

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD

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