Psalm 119:33-40 – In your righteousness, give me life

33  Teach me, O LORD, the way of your statutes,
and I will observe it to the end.
34  Give me understanding,
that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart.
35  Lead me in the path of your commandments,
for I delight in it.
36  Turn my heart to your decrees,
and not to selfish gain.
37  Turn my eyes from looking at vanities;
give me life in your ways.
38  Confirm to your servant your promise,
which is for those who fear you.
39  Turn away the disgrace that I dread,
for your ordinances are good.
40  See, I have longed for your precepts;
in your righteousness give me life.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Bring your attention to the Breath.
  • Which phrase(s) captures you today:
    • Teach me…
    • Give me…
    • Lead me…
    • Turn me…
    • Confirm me…
  • What do you long to hear from God?
  • Spend time sitting with the phrase(s) that captures you, inviting God to teach you something new about yourself, about the world, and about God.
  • What is God’s message for you?
  • 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, February 19, 2017, the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18
Psalm 119:33-40
1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23
Matthew 5:38-48

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings (c) 2017 The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD

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