Psalm 146 – Independence Day

Psalm 146

1   Praise the LORD!
Praise the LORD, O my soul!
2   I will praise the LORD as long as I live;
I will sing praises to my God all my life long.

3   Do not put your trust in princes,
in mortals, in whom there is no help.
4   When their breath departs, they return to the earth;
on that very day their plans perish.

5   Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the LORD their God,
6   who made heaven and earth,
the sea, and all that is in them;
who keeps faith forever;
7        who executes justice for the oppressed;
who gives food to the hungry.

The LORD sets the prisoners free;
8        the LORD opens the eyes of the blind.
The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down;
the LORD loves the righteous.
9   The LORD watches over the strangers;
he upholds the orphan and the widow,
but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.

10  The 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 silence bringing your attention to the Breath.
  • Freedom is a gift.
  • Freedom is a gift from God.
  • Freedom unbinds us from the world.
  • Freedom invites us to praise God.
  • Freedom leads us to God.
  • Breathe in the gift of freedom God has for you and be set free.
  • Notice how the breath creates space in your chest.
  • Let the breath reach every part of your body and being.
  • The LORD sets the prisoners free.
  • The LORD opens the eyes of the blind.
  • What new freedom does God desire for you to embrace today?
  • 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.

 

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

What is God's invitation for you today?

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