Liturgy of the Passion: Psalm 31:9-16 – Deliver me from the hands of my enemies

Psalm 31:9-16

9   Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am in distress;
my eye wastes away from grief,
my soul and body also.
10  For my life is spent with sorrow,
and my years with sighing;
my strength fails because of my misery,
and my bones waste away.

11  I am the scorn of all my adversaries,
a horror to my neighbors,
an object of dread to my acquaintances;
those who see me in the street flee from me.
12  I have passed out of mind like one who is dead;
I have become like a broken vessel.
13  For I hear the whispering of many —
terror all around! —
as they scheme together against me,
as they plot to take my life.

14  But I trust in you, O LORD;
I say, “You are my God.”
15  My times are in your hand;
deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors.
16  Let your face shine upon your servant;
save me in your steadfast love.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silence bringing your attention to the Breath.
  • The morning brought Hosannas and rejoicing.
  • As the day goes on the distress and the grief returns.
  • Something is not right.  I have lost sight of you.
  • I hear the whispers of those who plot to take my life.
  • Who is plotting to take your life?  Who wants you to turn away from God?
  • Turn to the light and feel the warmth on your face. Feel the face of God shine upon you.
  • Stay turned to the light as you invite God to deliver you from your enemies.
  • What is your message from God?
  • 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, April 9, 2017, Palm Sunday (Passion Sunday) (Year A)

Liturgy of the Palms:
Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29
Matthew 21:1-11
Liturgy of the Passion:
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 31:9-16
Philippians 2:5-11
Matthew 26:14-27:66

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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