Rock of Safety

Wednesdays: The Psalms
Psalm 31

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Ingredients of David’s pain flow out from him with abandon, mingling with verses that celebrate the comfort he finds in the Lord’s protection. Be aware of the intimacy that David has with God—the tenderness in his pleas that need to sweeten your own petitions in prayer.

The verse for the day was on the lips of Jesus and Stephen at the moment of their deaths (Luke 23:46; Acts 7:59). From verse 9, there comes a series of statements that can be applied to the most abject of society through your intercessory prayer.

The Lord as a rock of safety is the first of the images of protection David uses. Find others with which your soul especially relates, writing them down on post-it notes to stick in places where you can see them in the course of the day; these will be places to rest on the rock of safety, which is the Lord.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
Seeking refuge in You, Lord v. 1
You my rock and my fortress v. 5
My feet set in a broad place v. 8
Lord, my times are in Your hand. v. 15

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This is the tenth of thirteen weeks in Pentecost, Year A.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Wednesdays are dedicated to the Psalms,
one each week over the three-year cycle.

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