Psalm 97:1-12 – Light Dawns for the Righteous

Psalm 97:1-12

1The LORD is king! Let the earth rejoice;

let the many coastlands be glad!

2Clouds and thick darkness are all around him;

righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.

3Fire goes before him,

and consumes his adversaries on every side.

4His lightnings light up the world;

the earth sees and trembles.

5The mountains melt like wax before the LORD,

before the Lord of all the earth.

6The heavens proclaim his righteousness;

and all the peoples behold his glory.

7All worshipers of images are put to shame,

those who make their boast in worthless idols;

all gods bow down before him.

8Zion hears and is glad,

and the towns of Judah rejoice,

because of your judgments, O God.

9For you, O LORD, are most high over all the earth;

you are exalted far above all gods.

10The LORD loves those who hate evil;

he guards the lives of his faithful;

he rescues them from the hand of the wicked.

11Light dawns for the righteous,

and joy for the upright in heart.

12Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous,

and give thanks to his holy name!

  • Light a candle to remember God’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying attention to the deep breath.
  • Bring your attention to the unrighteousness and injustice in you.
  • Invite God into these places.
  • How will you turn toward God to follow God’s foundations of righteousness and justice?
  • Being gentle with yourself, let go of any self judgment.
  • Rest in God’s loving arms.
  • Bring your attention to the unrighteousness and injustice in your neighbor.
  • Invite God into these places.
  • How will you pray for neighbors to turn toward God to follow God’s foundations of righteousness and justice?
  • Being gentle with your neighbor, let go of any judgment you desire to project on your neighbor.
  • Rest in God’s loving arms.
  • Bring your attention to the unrighteousness and injustice in the world.
  • Invite God into these places.
  • How will you pray the world will turn toward God to follow God’s foundations of righteousness and justice?
  • Being gentle with the world, let go of any judgment you desire to project on the world.
  • Rest in God’s loving arms.
  • What is God’s message for you?
  • 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, June 2, the Seventh Sunday of Easter Year C

Acts 16:16-34
Psalm 97:1-12
Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21
John 17:20-26

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings (c) 2019 The Rev. Dr. Lil Smith, DASD.

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