Liturgy of the Passion: Psalm 31:9-16 – Deliver me from the hands of my enemies

Psalm 31:9-16

9   Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am in distress;
my eye wastes away from grief,
my soul and body also.
10  For my life is spent with sorrow,
and my years with sighing;
my strength fails because of my misery,
and my bones waste away.

11  I am the scorn of all my adversaries,
a horror to my neighbors,
an object of dread to my acquaintances;
those who see me in the street flee from me.
12  I have passed out of mind like one who is dead;
I have become like a broken vessel.
13  For I hear the whispering of many —
terror all around! —
as they scheme together against me,
as they plot to take my life.

14  But I trust in you, O LORD;
I say, “You are my God.”
15  My times are in your hand;
deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors.
16  Let your face shine upon your servant;
save me in your steadfast love.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silence bringing your attention to the Breath.
  • The morning brought Hosannas and rejoicing.
  • As the day goes on the distress and the grief returns.
  • Something is not right.  I have lost sight of you.
  • I hear the whispers of those who plot to take my life.
  • Who is plotting to take your life?  Who wants you to turn away from God?
  • Turn to the light and feel the warmth on your face. Feel the face of God shine upon you.
  • Stay turned to the light as you invite God to deliver you from your enemies.
  • What is your message from God?
  • 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, April 9, 2017, Palm Sunday (Passion Sunday) (Year A)

Liturgy of the Palms:
Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29
Matthew 21:1-11
Liturgy of the Passion:
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 31:9-16
Philippians 2:5-11
Matthew 26:14-27:66

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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