Tuesday of Holy Week: In You I Take Refuge – Psalm 71:1-14

During Holy Week, Readings and Meditations will be posted up to four times a day around  6 am, 9 am, 12 pm, and 3 pm.

Psalm 71:1-14

1   In you, O LORD, I take refuge;
let me never be put to shame.
2   In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me;
incline your ear to me and save me.
3   Be to me a rock of refuge,
a strong fortress, to save me,
for you are my rock and my fortress.

4   Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked,
from the grasp of the unjust and cruel.
5   For you, O Lord, are my hope,
my trust, O LORD, from my youth.
6   Upon you I have leaned from my birth;
it was you who took me from my mother’s womb.
My praise is continually of you.

7   I have been like a portent to many,
but you are my strong refuge.
8   My mouth is filled with your praise,
and with your glory all day long.
9   Do not cast me off in the time of old age;
do not forsake me when my strength is spent.
10  For my enemies speak concerning me,
and those who watch for my life consult together.
11  They say, “Pursue and seize that person
whom God has forsaken,
for there is no one to deliver.”

12  O God, do not be far from me;
O my God, make haste to help me!
13  Let my accusers be put to shame and consumed;
let those who seek to hurt me
be covered with scorn and disgrace.
14  But I will hope continually,
and will praise you yet more and more.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silence bringing your attention to the Breath.
  • In you, Creator, I take refuge.
  • Recreate me.
  • In you, Redeemer, I take refuge.
  • Redeem me.
  • In you, Sustainer, I take refuge.
  • Comfort me.
  • Notice the praise that arises as you are covered with love and grace and mercy.
  • 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 Tuesday, April 7, 2020 the Tuesday of Holy Week (Year A)

Isaiah 49:1-7
Psalm 71:1-14
1 Corinthians 1:18-31
John 12:20-36

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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