Seek with Whole Heart – Psalm 119:1-8

Psalm 119:1-8

1   Happy are those whose way is blameless,
who walk in the law of the LORD.
2   Happy are those who keep his decrees,
who seek him with their whole heart,
3   who also do no wrong,
but walk in his ways.
4   You have commanded your precepts
to be kept diligently.
5   O that my ways may be steadfast
in keeping your statutes!
6   Then I shall not be put to shame,
having my eyes fixed on all your commandments.
7   I will praise you with an upright heart,
when I learn your righteous ordinances.
8   I will observe your statutes;
do not utterly forsake me.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Imagine your Christian community is with you in your meditation today.
  • Notice how you are walking together in the way of the Lord.
  • Notice how you seek God together with your whole heart.
  • Notice how you feel an intimate connection to your Christian community and to God.
  • Savor the blessing of your community.
  • In he midst of the community that embraces your true self, how do you wish enter into a deeper relationship with God?
  • How do you need your community to help you in this journey?
  • Is there a trusted advisor you may call upon to help you?
  • Notice your desire and God’s desire for you.
  • 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, February 16, 2020, the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

Deuteronomy 30:15-20
Psalm 119:1-8
1 Corinthians 3:1-9
Matthew 5:21-37

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.