Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16 – My times are in your hand

Lord, that I might see!, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.

Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16

1   In you, O LORD, I seek refuge;
do not let me ever be put to shame;
in your righteousness deliver me.
2   Incline your ear to me;
rescue me speedily.
Be a rock of refuge for me,
a strong fortress to save me.

3   You are indeed my rock and my fortress;
for your name’s sake lead me and guide me,
4   take me out of the net that is hidden for me,
for you are my refuge.
5   Into your hand I commit my spirit;
you have redeemed me, O LORD, faithful 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.
  • With each inhale seek freedom to sit in refuge with God
  • With each exhale, let go of anything keeping you from freedom.
  • Continue the inhale and exhale until you are in refuge with God (as much as you can be today).
  • Sit in refuge.  Be with freedom in refuge.
  • Sit in refuge.  Invite your body to take in what it needs from God.
  • Sit in refuge.  Invite your spirit to embrace what it needs from God.
  • Sit in refuge.  Invite your mind to store away what it needs from God.
  • Who are the enemies and persecutors?
  • In God’s hands, you are delivered from the enemies and persecutors.
  • See yourself in God’s hands.
  • Drink in the love that surrounds you.  God’s steadfast love holds you and redeems you and gives you strength.
  • 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, May 14, 2017, the Fifth Sunday of Easter (Year A)

Acts 7:55-60
Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16
1 Peter 2:2-10
John 14:1-14

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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