Psalm 95 – We are the people of his pasture, the sheep of his hand

Psalm 95

1   O come, let us sing to the LORD;
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
2   Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
3   For the LORD is a great God,
and a great King above all gods.
4   In his hand are the depths of the earth;
the heights of the mountains are his also.
5   The sea is his, for he made it,
and the dry land, which his hands have formed.

6   O come, let us worship and bow down,
let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!
7   For he is our God,
and we are the people of his pasture,
and the sheep of his hand.

O that today you would listen to his voice!
8        Do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah,
as on the day at Massah in the wilderness,
9   when your ancestors tested me,
and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work.
10  For forty years I loathed that generation
and said, “They are a people whose hearts go astray,
and they do not regard my ways.”
11  Therefore in my anger I swore,
“They shall not enter my rest.”

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silence bringing your attention to the Breath.
  • Sing to the Lord.  What song arises in you?
  • Be present to the Lord.  How are you present?
  • Worship the Lord.  How do desire to bow and kneel?
  • Be present in the Lord’s pasture.
  • Be the sheep of the Lord’s hand.
  • Remember a time when your heart was hardened and you tested the Lord.
  • Where do you hold this in your body?  Notice any tension and unfreedom here.
  • Invite God into this place in need of healing.  Invite the freedom of healing into your body.  Allow the healing Breath to reach this place.  Accept the mercy to be unbound and the grace to be healed.
  • 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, March 19, 2017, the Third Sunday in Lent (Year A)

Exodus 17:1-7
Psalm 95
Romans 5:1-11
John 4:5-42

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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