Transfiguration of the Lord: Let Us Burst Their Bonds Asunder – Psalm 2

Psalm 2

1   Why do the nations conspire,
          and the peoples plot in vain?
2   The kings of the earth set themselves,
          and the rulers take counsel together,
          against the LORD and his anointed, saying,
3   “Let us burst their bonds asunder,
          and cast their cords from us.”

4   He who sits in the heavens laughs;
          the LORD has them in derision.
5   Then he will speak to them in his wrath,
          and terrify them in his fury, saying,
6   “I have set my king on Zion, my holy hill.”

7   I will tell of the decree of the LORD:
     He said to me, “You are my son;
          today I have begotten you.
8   Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
          and the ends of the earth your possession.
9   You shall break them with a rod of iron,
          and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”

10  Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
          be warned, O rulers of the earth.
11  Serve the LORD with fear,
          with trembling 12 kiss his feet,
     or he will be angry, and you will perish in the way;
          for his wrath is quickly kindled.

     Happy are all who take refuge in him.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silence bringing your attention to the Breath.
  • Inhale the breath of God.
  • Exhale the things of the earth.
  • Inhale the breath of God.
  • Exhale the desire to conspire and control the world.
  • Inhale the breath of God.
  • Exhale the control of worldly leaders.
  • Inhale the breath of God.
  • Notice the freedom of the Breath.
  • How do you desire to cut the cords that bind you to the world so that you may serve the Lord?
  • As you serve the Lord, notice the happiness, the blessedness, the wholeness it brings you.
  • How do you desire to respond to this place of refuge in God?
  • How do you desire to remain in this place of refuge in God?
  • What do you need to let go and/or embrace to remain in this place of refuge in God?
  • 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, February 23, 2020, the Transfiguration of the Lord (Year A)

Exodus 24:12-18
Psalm 2
Psalm 99
2 Peter 1:16-21
Matthew 17:1-9

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings.  (c) 2020 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 training, 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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