So now you, Lord—
don’t hold back any of your compassion from me.
Let your loyal love and faithfulness always protect me.
A young dying woman found comfort in this psalm. She used to gather up what little strength she had and prayed this psalm with every one of her breaths until the last one. Through her pain, she even smiled as she simply gave herself to God.
The “Bible Breaths” offered for the reading today and everyday are ways to breathe Bible verses. All of them are seven syllables: three as you breathe in; three as you breathe out, and one syllable to rest. You’ll find links about this way to pray with even a plan to pray them connecting to others breathing the same breath-prayer at the same time all around the world!
I offer four Bible Breaths each day. Maybe you want to make up your own as you and your family pray this psalm. The whole idea is to have the Bible become really part of us—as close to us as our breaths; as close as the Holy Spirit who is God living and breathing inside us.
Examples of Bible Breaths Learn More…
Waiting for you patiently v. 1
You set me high on a rock. v. 2
I take joy doing Your will v. 8
Your tender mercies to me v. 11
Check out Study Tools in BibleGateway.
I especially recommend the free resource
in Matthew Henry’s Commentary.
We read the Psalms in numerical order on Wednesdays
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