One Generation Shall Laud Your Works to Another -Psalm 145:1-5, 17-21

Psalm 145:1-5, 17-21

1I will extol you, my God and King,

and bless your name forever and ever.

2Every day I will bless you,

and praise your name forever and ever.

3Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;

his greatness is unsearchable.

4One generation shall laud your works to another,

and shall declare your mighty acts.

5On the glorious splendor of your majesty,

and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.

17The Lord is just in all his ways,

and kind in all his doings.

18The Lord is near to all who call on him,

to all who call on him in truth.

19He fulfills the desire of all who fear him;

he also hears their cry, and saves them.

20The Lord watches over all who love him,

but all the wicked he will destroy.

21My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord,

and all flesh will bless his holy name forever and ever.

  • 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 a place in you that desires intergenerational connection.
  • Listen to the words of hope for this desire in you:  
    • The Lord is
      • near
      • fulfills desires
      • hears cries
      • saves
      • watches over all who love
  • How do past, present, and future generations witness (laud) this hope?
  • 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 10, 2019, the Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)
Haggai 1:15b-2:9
Psalm 145:1-5, 17-21
Psalm 98:1-9
2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17
Luke 20:27-38

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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