Psalm 119:33-40 – In your righteousness, give me life

33  Teach me, O LORD, the way of your statutes,
and I will observe it to the end.
34  Give me understanding,
that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart.
35  Lead me in the path of your commandments,
for I delight in it.
36  Turn my heart to your decrees,
and not to selfish gain.
37  Turn my eyes from looking at vanities;
give me life in your ways.
38  Confirm to your servant your promise,
which is for those who fear you.
39  Turn away the disgrace that I dread,
for your ordinances are good.
40  See, I have longed for your precepts;
in your righteousness give me life.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Bring your attention to the Breath.
  • Which phrase(s) captures you today:
    • Teach me…
    • Give me…
    • Lead me…
    • Turn me…
    • Confirm me…
  • What do you long to hear from God?
  • Spend time sitting with the phrase(s) that captures you, inviting God to teach you something new about yourself, about the world, and about God.
  • What is God’s message for you?
  • 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, February 19, 2017, the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18
Psalm 119:33-40
1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23
Matthew 5:38-48

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings (c) 2017 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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