Imagine you are at a great reunion. Almost everyone has arrived, including some you would rather not see. However, there is only one person that you really want to embrace. All your attention is on the loved one for whom you are waiting. Then the arrival—full joy, total attention, everything and everybody else recedes into the background.
That is how the psalmist is today. Waiting for the Lord and union with God are all that matters. The psalm breathes the air of expectancy and hope as the writer waits for God to intervene against all that is pressing upon him. Each verse blends with the next one, expressing growing intimacy with God.
Pray this psalm often in the course of your day as you take breaks to be with your closest friend who is also your God.
What are these?
To You I lift up my soul. v. 1
For You I wait all day long. v. 5
You teach the humble Your way. v. 9
My eyes ever toward the Lord v. 15
This is the fourth of thirteen weeks in Pentecost, Year A.
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Wednesdays are dedicated to the Psalms,
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