Give Me Understanding that I May Live – Psalm 119:137-144

Psalm 119:137-144

137You are righteous, O LORD,

and your judgments are right.

138You have appointed your decrees in righteousness

and in all faithfulness.

139My zeal consumes me

because my foes forget your words.

140Your promise is well tried,

and your servant loves it.

141I am small and despised,

yet I do not forget your precepts.

142Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness,

and your law is the truth.

143Trouble and anguish have come upon me,

but your commandments are my delight.

144Your decrees are righteous forever;

give me understanding that I may live.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying attention to the deep breath.
  • Let your attention shift to the part of you that is noticing trouble and anguish.
  • Be gentle with this part of you.
  • Invite God’s healing to this place.
  • Delight in God’s commandments.
  • Delight in God’s truth.
  • Delight in God’s righteousness.
  • Discover understanding that brings you life.
  • 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, November 3, 2019, the Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)
Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4
Psalm 119:137-144
2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12
Luke 19:1-10

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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