One time our family visited the caverns in western Virginia. They were dark, deep, cold and filled with echoes when anyone spoke. Sometimes someone would really call out to see how loud the sound and echo could be: it very strong.
The writer’s need for God is so great that he is calling out from way inside his soul as though it were one of those deep, empty caverns. Just as his prayer, his voice sounds clear and strong as it wells up from way down inside him.
There must have been something scary and dark going in his soul. Besides, it’s night and the psalmist can’t get to sleep with all the anxious thoughts he is having. It seems as though he is feeling strong guilt for his wrongs and he’s begging God to forgive him. His guilt feelings seem to be simply too strong to bear for whatever he has done that is so terrible. He longs for night to be over, just as a night security guard who can’t wait to see the light of dawn when it will be time to go home.
It’s really a beautiful prayer, with all its intense emotions expressed. Catch the energy of the psalm as you pray it and link up to the writer in anyway that might seem similar to your own life. In that way, God’s words and your words will be exactly the same!
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Out of depths I cry to You. v. 1
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.
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Spring in the north. Year C
Wednesdays are dedicated to the Psalms
Solar and Sacred Seasons
Some adjustments to make the church year simpler.
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