Psalm 13:1-6 – How long must I bear pain in my soul

Psalm 13:1-6

1    How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
2   How long must I bear pain in my soul,
and have sorrow in my heart all day long?
How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?

3   Consider and answer me, O LORD my God!
Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep the sleep of death,
4   and my enemy will say, “I have prevailed”;
my foes will rejoice because I am shaken.

5   But I trusted in your steadfast love;
my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
6   I will sing to the LORD,
because he has dealt bountifully with me.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silence bringing your attention to the Breath.
  • Bring your attention to a place within you that feels distant from God.
  • Feel the yearning you have for God here.
  • Use your imagination to pay attention to the details of this place within you:  the feeling, the color, the texture, the smell, the taste, etc.  Describe this place in detail.  See this place within you.
  • Invite God to give light to your eyes.
  • Allow the divine light of God to bring healing to this place.
  • Turn away from anything trying to distract you from the light.
  • See the light bringing you healing.
  • What song arises from this place?
  • 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, July 2, 2017, the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

Genesis 22:1-14
Psalm 13:1-6
Romans 6:12-23
Matthew 10:40-42

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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