For your devotion time today, I invite you to read through Psalm 91 in the translation of your choice. I’m including it here from the book Psalms for Praying: An Invitation to Wholeness by Nan C. Merrill. Psalms are beautiful tools for reflection, for prayer, and for contemplation. As you read, notice what words or phrases stand out to you. Notice what warms your heart and what causes you to pause in question. Notice the differences between the translations and what speaks to you and why. If you find a word or phrase that stands out to you, write it down and post it where you can see it today or put it in your pocket. Notice how it shapes your words, thoughts, and actions.
In Peace, Pastor Ruth
Psalm 91 from Psalms for Praying: An Invitation to Wholeness by Nan C. Merrill.
Those who dwell in the shelter of Infinite Light, who abide in the wings of Infinite Love, will raise their voices in praise;
“My refuge and my strength; in You alone will I trust.”
For You deliver me from the webs of fear, from all that separates and divides;
You protect me as an eagle shields its young, Your faithfulness is sure, like an arrow set upon the mark.
I will not fear the shadows of the night, nor the confusion that comes by day, nor the dreams that awaken me from sleep, nor the daily changes that life brings.
Though a thousand may deride this radical trust, ten thousand laugh as I seek to do your Will, yet I will surrender myself to You, abandoning myself into your Hands without reserve.
For You have sent your angels to watch over me, to guide me in all my ways. On their hands, they will bear me up lest I dash my foot against a stone. Though I walk among those who roar like the lion, or are as stealthy as the adder, in your strength will I be saved.
“Because you cleave to Me in love, I will deliver you; I will protect you, who call upon my Name. When you call to Me, I will answer you; I will be with you in times of trouble, I will rescue you and reverence your life. All through the years, will I dwell in your heart, as Loving Companion Presence, forever.”
Loving God, You are always ready to hear our cries. Teach us to rely day and night on your care. Inspire us to seek your enduring justice for all this world. Enfold us in your arms of mercy, and teach us to love one another, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Friend. Amen.