Bursting with trust, verse 9 rises forth in the center of the psalm. The cry is the exploding result of the growing awareness in the previous verses of the emptiness and the powerlessness of all idols and false gods.
Further your inventory of those persons, places, and things that sometimes elbow their way into the sacred center of your life where God alone is to dwell. However much your physical senses may delight in them, in contrast to the power of God they are as dead idols “that have mouths but do not speak, eyes, but do not see.”
As you conclude your list, feel the shift in today’s verse into the second part of the psalm that tilts toward intercessory prayer, especially in verses 14 and 15. Join in with the exuberant ending: Alleluia: Praise the Lord!
You are my help and my shield. v. 9
You being mindful of me v. 12
Blessing You now and always v. 18
Praise the Lord! Alleluia! v. 18
For more about this way to pray, see “Daily Bible Breaths” in Resources.
This is the seventh of thirteen weeks in Pentecost, Year C.
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