The Psalms’ Inherent Prayer

Saturday, May 28, 2022

The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster

Psalm 142
I cry out loudly to God,
loudly I plead with God for mercy.
I spill out all my complaints before him,
and spell out my troubles in detail:

“As I sink in despair, my spirit ebbing away,
you know how I’m feeling,
Know the danger I’m in,
the traps hidden in my path.
Look right, look left—
there’s not a soul who cares what happens!
I’m up against the wall, with no exit—
it’s just me, all alone.
I cry out, God, call out:
‘You’re my last chance, my only hope for life!’
Oh listen, please listen;
I’ve never been this low.
Rescue me from those who are hunting me down;
I’m no match for them.
Get me out of this dungeon
so I can thank you in public.
Your people will form a circle around me
and you’ll bring me showers of blessing!”

Praying the Psalms
Bend your ear, O God.
Attend to me.
Perceive the groaning prayer of this day.
Where hope withers, send the rain of longing love.
Let the ebb and flow of your presence
swerve my direction, meander my way.

May 28, 2022

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