Psalm 138 – You stretch out your hand…

Psalm 138:1-8

1   I give you thanks, O LORD, with my whole heart;
before the gods I sing your praise;
2   I bow down toward your holy temple
and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness;
for you have exalted your name and your word
above everything.
3   On the day I called, you answered me,
you increased my strength of soul.

4   All the kings of the earth shall praise you, O LORD,
for they have heard the words of your mouth.
5   They shall sing of the ways of the LORD,
for great is the glory of the LORD.
6   For though the LORD is high, he regards the lowly;
but the haughty he perceives from far away.

7   Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
you preserve me against the wrath of my enemies;
you stretch out your hand,
and your right hand delivers me.
8   The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me;
your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever.
Do not forsake the work of your hands.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying close attention to the deep breath.
  • As you inhale, breathe in God’s steadfast love and faithfulness.
  • As you exhale, let go of any tension keeping your from the freedom of God.
  • Continue to breathe as you create freedom within you.
  • Consider the midst of trouble you are encountering.
  • Scan your body and notice where this trouble is located in you.
  • Focus on this place of trouble as you continue to breathe.
  • See God’s hand stretch out toward you as you share the trouble with God.
  • Continue to share with God until you feel lightness created in the midst of this trouble.
  • Invite God to show you a path through the trouble.
  • The Lord will fulfill the Lord’s purpose for you.
  • Keep awake during the day as you remain open to God’s leading hand.
  • 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 10, 2012, the Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

I Samuel 8:4-11 (12-15) 16-20 (11:14-15)
Psalm 138:1-8
2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1
Mark 3:20-35

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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