A Very Personal Prayer

Gladden the soul of your servant,
for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

Psalm 86:4

I was a teenager when this psalm became very personal to me. The priest in charge of our group of novices in religious life told us that this was his favorite psalm. Because of our love for him and his leading us in the ways of God, this became one of my favorite psalms too…and I hope it will be one of yours.

Just as in the case of Daniel and Elisha, David, the writer of the prayer, has a very close, intimate union with God. His trust in God is total. So pray this psalm in the spirit of closeness and confidence that runs through every verse. It’s a tender beautiful prayer, one that you will want to make very personal for you. How about sharing the close feeling with God you will have from this psalm by praying it aloud with your family? God will bless you for wanting to share God’s love in this psalm with others.

Psalm 86

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
To You I lift up my soul. v. 4
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.

This is the fifth of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide,
autumn in the north. Year B
Wednesdays are dedicated the Psalms.

Calendar for 2018: “God’s Year of Grace”

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