1Praise the LORD!
Praise the LORD, O my soul!
2I will praise the LORD as long as I live;
I will sing praises to my God all my life long.
3Do not put your trust in princes,
in mortals, in whom there is no help.
4When their breath departs, they return to the earth;
on that very day their plans perish.
5Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the LORD their God,
6who made heaven and earth,
the sea, and all that is in them;
who keeps faith forever;
7who executes justice for the oppressed;
who gives food to the hungry.
The LORD sets the prisoners free;
8the LORD opens the eyes of the blind.
The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down;
the LORD loves the righteous.
9The LORD watches over the strangers;
he upholds the orphan and the widow,
but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.
10The LORD will reign forever,
your God, O Zion, for all generations.
Praise the LORD!
- Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
- Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying close attention to the deep breath.
- As you inhale say, “Praise the Lord!”
- As you exhale say, “Praise the Lord, O my soul!”
- Continue this exercise and notice how your body desires to praise the Lord.
- Where do you feel freedom?
- Is there any tension you need to let go?
- Recognize the tension. Offer praise to God through this place in you.
- Name the ways the Lord sets you free.
- Name the ways the Lord feeds you.
- Name the ways the Lord opens your eyes to see.
- Name the ways the Lord embraces the stranger, the widow, the orphan in you.
- What praises arise within you?
- Offer these to the Lord.
- Savor these praises. Keep them on your tongue that you might lift these praises again and again throughout the day.
- Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
- Share as you feel led in the reply box below.
Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, November 4, 2012, the Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B
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