Listen to Me – Psalm 81:1, 10-16

Psalm 81:1, 10-16

1Sing aloud to God our strength;

shout for joy to the God of Jacob.

10 I am the LORD your God,

who brought you up out of the land of Egypt.

Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.

11 “But my people did not listen to my voice;

Israel would not submit to me.

12 So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts,

to follow their own counsels.

13 O that my people would listen to me,

that Israel would walk in my ways!

14 Then I would quickly subdue their enemies,

and turn my hand against their foes.

15 Those who hate the LORD would cringe before him,

and their doom would last forever.

16 I would feed you with the finest of the wheat,

and with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.”

  • 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 your favorite image of God.
  • Sit with this image and be showered with God’s love.
  • Hear the desire of God, “Open your mouth so that I may fill it.”
  • Bring your attention to the people who do not listen to God’s voice.
  • Imagine the despair and sadness of God for those beloved who do not come to the table.
  • See God waiting at an empty table.
  • How are our stubborn hearts following our own counsel?
  • What do you need to let go to for God to feed you?
  • What does the world need to let go for God to feed the world?
  • Bring your attention to your favorite image of God.
  • Sit with this image and be fed with God’s love.
  • 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 1, 2019, the Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

Jeremiah 2:4-13
Psalm 81:1, 10-16
Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16
Luke 14:1, 7-14

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

Rev. Dr. Lil Smith is a trained spiritual director, supervisor, and co-founder of Retreat House Spirituality Center in Richardson, TX.  Upon completion of her spiritual direction certification, Lil began Praying the Lectionary in 2011 as a spiritual practice for her morning prayer time.  Instead of reading about someone else’s experience of God, it was important for her to create a prayer practice that would encourage felt sense experience of the Holy emerging from within.  It dawned on her others might enjoy the practice, as well.  So she began to share them on this site.

As you experience the practice of Praying the Lectionary, adopt a loving, caring, and compassionate stance.  If the end of your prayer and meditation time is not pointing to love and hope, there is more work to do.  Keep wrestling.  God is faithful to your journey.  Love and hope will emerge.  Be gentle with yourself and befriend any judgment that arises in you.

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