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1 In you, O LORD, I seek refuge;
do not let me ever be put to shame;
in your righteousness deliver me.
2 Incline your ear to me;
rescue me speedily.
Be a rock of refuge for me,
a strong fortress to save me.
3 You are indeed my rock and my fortress;
for your name’s sake lead me
and guide me,
4 take me out of the net that is
hidden for me,
for you are my refuge.
5 Into your hand I commit my spirit;
you have redeemed me,
O LORD, faithful God.
15 My times are in your hand;
deliver me from the hand of
my enemies and persecutors.
16 Let your face shine upon your servant;
save me in your steadfast love. (NRSV)
Read the scripture aloud three times, with a focus on each of the following questions:
1. What word or phrase catches my attention?
2. What do I sense/feel/hear?
3. What is the message/invitation for me?
From what/whom do I need shelter and protection?
In what ways am I in danger? distress? ashamed?
How does God answer my need for shelter?
How do I commit my spirit into God’s hand?
In what ways do I experience God’s face shining?
on me? God’s steadfast love? God’s guidance?
Who else do I know who needs God’s protection?
How can I minister to them?
Imagine yourself in a safe place, and rest there.
Write your own prayer.
Pray this psalm in the plural, including others.
Be strong, and let your hearts take courage,
all you who wait for the LORD.
Note: This guided reflection on scripture follows the process of Lectio Divina outlined by Norvene West in Gathered in the Word: Praying the Scripture in Small Groups. Upper Room Books, 1996. This guide was prepared by Mary Jo Bowman for a Contemplative Prayer Sunday School class at Community Mennonite Church.
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