Psalm 124 was recommended to me several weeks ago. I got around to reading it this morning and the accompanying letter/sermon from a baptism that went with it. The best version of Psalm 124, I was told, to read was that of Nan Merrill from her Psalms for Praying: An Invitation to Wholeness. No problem, as that has become a special version for me.
I invite you to read Nan Merrill's Psalm 124 prayerfully:
You who make all things new,
Fear and chaos would reign
in every heart; in You
will I trust forever.
When doubt threatens to overwhelm
and separate me,
when anger makes me blind,
Then You, O Merciful One, are
to Awaken the holy, the sacred
Then do your Living Streams of Grace
Blessed are You, who are a very
Presence to us,
a comfort to troubled hearts!
Grant us the strength of eagle wings,
the courage to soar to new heights!
Break within us the bonds of fear
that we may live with love!
Our guidance comes from You,
Blessed are You, O Giver of Life!
Beloved of my heart!
You may want to read through the Psalm two or three times slowly. As you do that, what captures your attention? What speaks to you or resonates within you?
For me today, I am reminded of these things:
God, the Beloved:
- makes all things new
- awakens the holy, the sacred within me
- enfolds me with living streams of grace
- comforts my troubled heart
- grants me strength and courage
- helps me live with love
- guides me
- gives me life
- make all things new
- awaken the holy within you
- enfold you with grace
- comfort your troubled heart
- grant you strength and courage
- guide you
- give you life