Let God Rise Up – Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35

Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35

1   Let God rise up, let his enemies be scattered;
let those who hate him flee before him.
2   As smoke is driven away, so drive them away;
as wax melts before the fire,
let the wicked perish before God.
3   But let the righteous be joyful;
let them exult before God;
let them be jubilant with joy.

4   Sing to God, sing praises to his name;
lift up a song to him who rides upon the clouds —
his name is the LORD —
be exultant before him.

5   Father of orphans and protector of widows
is God in his holy habitation.
6   God gives the desolate a home to live in;
he leads out the prisoners to prosperity,
but the rebellious live in a parched land.

7   O God, when you went out before your people,
when you marched through the wilderness,                 Selah
8   the earth quaked, the heavens poured down rain
at the presence of God, the God of Sinai,
at the presence of God, the God of Israel.
9   Rain in abundance, O God, you showered abroad;
you restored your heritage when it languished;
10  your flock found a dwelling in it;
in your goodness, O God, you provided for the needy.

32  Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth;
sing praises to the Lord,                                                       Selah
33  O rider in the heavens, the ancient heavens;
listen, he sends out his voice, his mighty voice.
34  Ascribe power to God,
whose majesty is over Israel;
and whose power is in the skies.
35  Awesome is God in his sanctuary,
the God of Israel;
he gives power and strength to his people.

Blessed be God!

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silence bringing your attention to the Breath.
  • How do you desire God to be present to you today?
  • Allow the divine spark in you to arise from within you.
  • Notice how you need God’s power and strength.  Absorb.
  • Notice how you need to hear God’s voice.  Listen.
  • Notice how you need to be nurtured.  Eat and drink.
  • Notice the ego part of you that needs to melt away.  Lament.
  • Notice how you need to be transformed.  Breathe.
  • 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, May 24, 2020, the Seventh Sunday of Easter (Year A)

Acts 1:6-14
Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35
1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11
John 17:1-11

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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