Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35 – Let God rise up

68:1-10, 32-35

1   Let God rise up, let his enemies be scattered;
let those who hate him flee before him.
2   As smoke is driven away, so drive them away;
as wax melts before the fire,
let the wicked perish before God.
3   But let the righteous be joyful;
let them exult before God;
let them be jubilant with joy.

4   Sing to God, sing praises to his name;
lift up a song to him who rides upon the clouds —
his name is the LORD —
be exultant before him.

5   Father of orphans and protector of widows
is God in his holy habitation.
6   God gives the desolate a home to live in;
he leads out the prisoners to prosperity,
but the rebellious live in a parched land.

7   O God, when you went out before your people,
when you marched through the wilderness,                 Selah
8   the earth quaked, the heavens poured down rain
at the presence of God, the God of Sinai,
at the presence of God, the God of Israel.
9   Rain in abundance, O God, you showered abroad;
you restored your heritage when it languished;
10  your flock found a dwelling in it;
in your goodness, O God, you provided for the needy.

32  Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth;
sing praises to the Lord,                                                       Selah
33  O rider in the heavens, the ancient heavens;
listen, he sends out his voice, his mighty voice.
34  Ascribe power to God,
whose majesty is over Israel;
and whose power is in the skies.
35  Awesome is God in his sanctuary,
the God of Israel;
he gives power and strength to his people.

Blessed be God!

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silence bringing your attention to the Breath.
  • How do you desire God to be present to you today?
  • Allow the divine spark in you to arise from within you.
  • Notice how you need God’s power and strength.  Absorb.
  • Notice how you need to hear God’s voice.  Listen.
  • Notice how you need to be nurtured.  Eat and drink.
  • Notice the ego part of you that needs to melt away.  Lament.
  • Notice how you need to be transformed.  Breathe.
  • 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 28, 2017, the Seventh Sunday of Easter (Year A)

Acts 1:6-14
Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35
1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11
John 17:1-11

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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