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A brief psalm of only six verses is yours today. Three couplets of two verses each bear dramatic shifts in David’s spirit as he prays. First come four repeated cries of “How long, O Lord?” However far away God seems, David believes that God is listening. What intimacy David has with his God! A couplet comes next with three imperatives for God. Two of them are commands for God to listen, the third, a plea that God put the sparkle back into David’s eyes. Finally, there is the dramatic shift in the two final verses that express David’s singing for joy.
It does not take long for shifts to take place in your soul, if you model your prayer-life after David’s. Whether or not you identify with the eclipse of God’s presence, pray this psalm in profound intercession for those at the edge of despair—or deep into it, as in some black hole. Grab hold of them with this psalm and be lifted up to peace.
What are these?
Do not hide Your face from me. v. 1
O Lord, give light to my eyes. v. 3
I trust in Your steadfast love. v. 5
My heart rejoices in You. v. 5
This is the Eighth Week in Epiphany, Year A.
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