Psalm 9 – The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed

Psalm 9:9-20

9   The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of trouble.
10  And those who know your name put their trust in you,
for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you.

11  Sing praises to the LORD, who dwells in Zion.
Declare his deeds among the peoples.
12  For he who avenges blood is mindful of them;
he does not forget the cry of the afflicted.

13  Be gracious to me, O LORD.
See what I suffer from those who hate me;
you are the one who lifts me up from the gates of death,
14  so that I may recount all your praises,
and, in the gates of daughter Zion,
rejoice in your deliverance.

15  The nations have sunk in the pit that they made;
in the net that they hid has their own foot been caught.
16  The LORD has made himself known, he has executed judgment;
the wicked are snared in the work of their own hands.               Higgaion.
Selah
17  The wicked shall depart to Sheol,
all the nations that forget God.

18  For the needy shall not always be forgotten,
nor the hope of the poor perish forever.

19  Rise up, O LORD! Do not let mortals prevail;
let the nations be judged before you.
20  Put them in fear, O LORD;
let the nations know that they are only human.                                   Selah

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying attention to the deep breath.
  • What is oppressing you today?
  •  What is binding you?
  • Where do you need freedom?
  • Seek freedom in Christ.
  • What is oppressing your neighbor today?
  • What is binding your neighbor?
  • Where does your neighbor need freedom?
  • How is God calling you to free your neighbor?
  • Seek freedom in Christ.
  • What is oppressing the world today?
  • What is binding the world?
  • Where does the world need freedom?
  • How is God calling you to free the world?
  • Seek freedom in Christ.
  • 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.

RevWised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, June 24, 2012, the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

I Samuel 17:(1a, 4-11, 19-23) 32-49
1 Samuel 17:57-18:5, 10-16
Psalm 9:9-20
2 Corinthians 6:1-13
Mark 4:35-41

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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