Etchings on the Heart

When the cares of my heart are many,
    your consolations cheer my soul.

Psalm 94:19

Remember the days when we made sandcastles in the sand? Perhaps you made a big one just this past summer. The first step is to clear the space with your arm, making a smooth area where footsteps had been.

When you begin to read God’s Word, clear a space for yourself by silence, stillness, focusing your attention on what you are about to read, just as you would focus a camera. Then as you begin to read, it is as though the finger of God is beginning to make etchings against the silent space you have prepared.

Practice this with today’s psalm. You’ll be able to feel the pain of the sacred writer who first shares with God the meanness of the world and how bad people are so often out to harm the weak and innocent. The psalm stirs these feelings of longing that God do something about all the injustice in the world. And God will! So as you read the verses that speak about God coming to the rescue of the innocent, feel the joy of the writer as he gets in touch with his great faith in God.

Talking about etchings…You can do this in your journal by writing on its paper or typing into your computer. It will be as though God is etching his wisdom and love upon your heart!

Psalm 94

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Your kindness cheering my soul. v. 19
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.

This is the last week in Kingdomtide,
autumn in the north. Year B
Wednesdays are dedicated the Psalms.

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