Psalm 124:1-8 – We have escaped

Psalm 124:1-8

1   If it had not been the LORD who was on our side
— let Israel now say —
2   if it had not been the LORD who was on our side,
when our enemies attacked us,
3   then they would have swallowed us up alive,
when their anger was kindled against us;
4   then the flood would have swept us away,
the torrent would have gone over us;
5   then over us would have gone
the raging waters.

6   Blessed be the LORD,
who has not given us
as prey to their teeth.
7   We have escaped like a bird
from the snare of the fowlers;
the snare is broken,
and we have escaped.

8   Our help is in the name of the LORD,
who made heaven and earth.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silence bringing your attention to the Breath.
  • Notice the freedom you receive from the Breath.
  • Let your attention go to a place where with God on your side you escaped from a broken snare.
  • What do you notice about being in the snare?  Describe the details.
  • God will bring new life in the midst of imprisonment.
  • As God walks by your side today, notice the provision God has for you.
  • What freedom does God’s provision create in you?
  • 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, August 27, 2017, the Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

Exodus 1:8-2:10
Psalm 124:1-8
Romans 12:1-8
Matthew 16:13-20

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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