Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16 – My times are in your hand

Lord, that I might see!, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.

Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16

1   In you, O LORD, I seek refuge;
do not let me ever be put to shame;
in your righteousness deliver me.
2   Incline your ear to me;
rescue me speedily.
Be a rock of refuge for me,
a strong fortress to save me.

3   You are indeed my rock and my fortress;
for your name’s sake lead me and guide me,
4   take me out of the net that is hidden for me,
for you are my refuge.
5   Into your hand I commit my spirit;
you have redeemed me, O LORD, faithful 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.
  • With each inhale seek freedom to sit in refuge with God
  • With each exhale, let go of anything keeping you from freedom.
  • Continue the inhale and exhale until you are in refuge with God (as much as you can be today).
  • Sit in refuge.  Be with freedom in refuge.
  • Sit in refuge.  Invite your body to take in what it needs from God.
  • Sit in refuge.  Invite your spirit to embrace what it needs from God.
  • Sit in refuge.  Invite your mind to store away what it needs from God.
  • Who are the enemies and persecutors?
  • In God’s hands, you are delivered from the enemies and persecutors.
  • See yourself in God’s hands.
  • Drink in the love that surrounds you.  God’s steadfast love holds you and redeems you and gives you strength.
  • 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, May 14, 2017, the Fifth Sunday of Easter (Year A)

Acts 7:55-60
Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16
1 Peter 2:2-10
John 14:1-14

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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