Psalm 149:1-9 – Let them praise his name with dancing

149:1-9

1   Praise the Lord!
Sing to the Lord a new song,
his praise in the assembly of the faithful.
2   Let Israel be glad in its Maker;
let the children of Zion rejoice in their King.
3  Let them praise his name with dancing,
making melody to him with tambourine and lyre.
4   For the Lord takes pleasure in his people;
he adorns the humble with victory.
5   Let the faithful exult in glory;
let them sing for joy on their couches.
6   Let the high praises of God be in their throats
and two-edged swords in their hands,
7   to execute vengeance on the nations
and punishment on the peoples,
8   to bind their kings with fetters
and their nobles with chains of iron,
9   to execute on them the judgment decreed.
This is glory for all his faithful ones.
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.
  • Any interpretation of scripture that leads to violence and the tearing down of people invites us to look again.
  • God’s command is love God, love neighbor, love self.
  • Hold onto the word of God.
  • Sing and dance with praise as you fully embrace the love of God.
  • How do you respond to your enemy today, the one who wants to execute you and judge you?
  • How do you desire to let the accusations and judgments bounce off of the armor of love that surrounds you in the dance?
  • How do you desire to respond as a faithful one to the Faithful One?
  • 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, September 10, 2017, the Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

Exodus 12:1-14
Psalm 149:1-9
Romans 13:8-14
Matthew 18:15-20

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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