Psalm 94 – More to be desired are they than gold…

PSALM 19:1-14

1   The heavens are telling the glory of God;
and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
2   Day to day pours forth speech,
and night to night declares knowledge.
3   There is no speech, nor are there words;
their voice is not heard;
4   yet their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.

In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun,
5   which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy,
and like a strong man runs its course with joy.
6   Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
and its circuit to the end of them;
and nothing is hidden from its heat.

7   The law of the LORD is perfect,
reviving the soul;
the decrees of the LORD are sure,
making wise the simple;
8   the precepts of the LORD are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the LORD is clear,
enlightening the eyes;
9   the fear of the LORD is pure,
enduring for ever;
the ordinances of the LORD are true
and righteous altogether.

10  More to be desired are they than gold,
even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey,
and drippings of the honeycomb.

11  Moreover by them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.
12  But who can detect their errors?
Clear me from hidden faults.
13  Keep back your servant also from the insolent;
do not let them have dominion over me.
Then I shall be blameless,
and innocent of great transgression.

14  Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable to you,
O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying attention to the deep breath.
  • As you consider the words of the psalmist today, notice what things you value today.
  • Which of those that you value glorifies God?
  • Which of those that you value are placed higher than God?
  • What needs to change to redirect your values?
  • Be open to God’s love and path to help you in this redirection.
  • What is God’s message for you?
  • Is there a call to action?
  • 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, March 11, 2012, the Third Sunday in Lent Year B 
Exodus 20:1-17
Psalm 94:1-14
1 Corinthians 1:18-25
John 2:13-22

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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