Psalm 30 – Joy comes with the morning

PSALM 30:1-12

1   I will extol you, O LORD, for you have drawn me up,
and did not let my foes rejoice over me.
2   O LORD my God, I cried to you for help,
and you have healed me.
3   O LORD, you brought up my soul from Sheol,
restored me to life from among those gone down to the Pit.

4   Sing praises to the LORD, O you his faithful ones,
and give thanks to his holy name.
5   For his anger is but for a moment;
his favor is for a lifetime.
Weeping may linger for the night,
but joy comes with the morning.

6   As for me, I said in my prosperity,
“I shall never be moved.”
7   By your favor, O LORD,
you had established me as a strong mountain;
you hid your face;
I was dismayed.

8   To you, O LORD, I cried,
and to the LORD I made supplication:
9   “What profit is there in my death,
if I go down to the Pit?
will the dust praise you?
Will it tell of your faithfulness?
10  Hear, O LORD, and be gracious to me!
O LORD, be my helper!”

11  You have turned my mourning into dancing;
you have taken off my sackcloth
and clothed me with joy,
12  so that my soul may praise you and not be silent.
O LORD my God, I will give thanks to you forever.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying attention to the deep breath.
  • Identify a part of you that is hidden from God.
  • Breathe into this place that is hidden.
  • Be gentle with yourself.
  • God is not hiding God’s face from you.
  • Turn toward God and reveal this place that is hidden.
  • Allow God to remove the sackcloth.
  • Be filled with the joy of God who loves us completely just as we are.
  • Allow this joy to bathe the place that has been hidden.
  • Praise God from this new place and be released from silence.
  • Listen from this place to hear God’s love for you.
  • Give thanks to God for wholeness in love 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 12, 2012, the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B 
2 Kings 5:1-14
Psalm 30:1-12
1 Corinthians 9:24-27
Mark 1:40-45

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD

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About Lil Smith

My simple life… is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I let God lead me. I have been married to Greg for 26 years and we have three wonderful children. My simple life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I let God take control. I followed God’s call to begin seminary at Perkins School of Theology in January 2006. I graduated in May 2011. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God’s call. I began the Degree in the Art of Spiritual Direction at San Francisco Theological Seminary in January 2009. I graduated in May 2011. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God's call. I was ordained in the Presbyterian Church USA and spent three amazing years in Pastoral Ministry at Highland Springs Senior Living in Dallas, TX. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God's call. My passion is the Christian Spiritual Life. As a spiritual director and retreat leader, I am so blessed to hear how God is at work in the world. How is God at work in your life?
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