Whatever are the sufferings you are undergoing in your life, this psalm will offer you sweet comfort. As you move through the verses, let the specific sufferings in your life attach themselves to these expressions. You will find yourself delivered from a focus upon the suffering, to a growing and glowing awareness of the presence of God who alone can give meaning to your pain. In addition, something else that expands your spirit: through your fervent praying of this psalm, the outpouring of David becomes a vehicle for the many kinds of sufferings of all God’s people. The psalm touched Paul; he cites verse 22 in Romans 8:36–39.
You may find it helpful to note the areas of your pain, praying along with the millions today and over the centuries who have found peace through this psalm. Those verses that express the brevity of life will sober you.
What are these?
With you, Lord, my future bright v. 4
Human life is but a breath. v. 5
All my things will pass away. v. 6
Listen, Lord, when I am sad v. 12
This is the fifth of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide, 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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