How Long Must I Bear Pain in My Soul – Psalm 13:1-6

Psalm 13:1-6

1    How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever?
          How long will you hide your face from me?
2   How long must I bear pain in my soul,
          and have sorrow in my heart all day long?
     How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?

3   Consider and answer me, O LORD my God!
          Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep the sleep of death,
4   and my enemy will say, “I have prevailed”;
          my foes will rejoice because I am shaken.

5   But I trusted in your steadfast love;
          my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
6   I will sing to the LORD,
          because he has dealt bountifully with me.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silence bringing your attention to the Breath.
  • Bring your attention to a place within you that feels distant from God.
  • Feel the yearning you have for God there.
  • Use your imagination to pay attention to the details of this place within you:  the feeling, the color, the texture, the smell, the taste, etc.  Describe this place in detail.  See this place within you.
  • Invite God to give light to your eyes.
  • Allow the divine light of God to bring healing to this place.
  • Turn away from anything trying to distract you from the light.
  • See the light bringing you healing.
  • What song arises from this place?
  • 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, June 28, 2020, the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

Genesis 22:1-14
Psalm 13:1-6
Romans 6:12-23
Matthew 10:40-42

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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