The Psalms’ Inherent Prayer

Saturday, April 30, 2022

The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster

Psalm 114
After Israel left Egypt,
the clan of Jacob left those barbarians behind;
Judah became holy land for him,
Israel the place of holy rule.
Sea took one look and ran the other way;
River Jordan turned around and ran off.
The mountains turned playful and skipped like rams,
the hills frolicked like spring lambs.
What’s wrong with you, Sea, that you ran away?
and you, River Jordan, that you turned and ran off?
And mountains, why did you skip like rams?
and you, hills, frolic like spring lambs?
Tremble, Earth! You’re in the Lord’s presence!
in the presence of Jacob’s God.
He turned the rock into a pool of cool water,
turned flint into fresh spring water.

Praying the Psalms
We feel your presence, God.
In the rivers, on the flower strewn hills,
as we walk this earth,
we tremble in the beauty and majesty
of your power and might.
Awaken us.
Open our eyes to your nearness,
your strength, your muscular love.

April 30, 2022

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