Psalm for the week of Jan 17 2011
Have been thinking about having a reflection on a Psalm for each week for some time but wanted to start on a Monday. For three years now, one of my disciplines has been to read a selected Psalm daily each week. The idea began after being required to use A Guidebook to Prayer for one of my classes at Asbury Seminary. It has been a good discipline to follow a lectionary of sorts.
My hope is that others might read the Psalm for the week and make some contributions throughout the week as I plan to do. Since I have not been blogging much of late, my blog “traffic” is down quite a bit. We will see what happens.
Psalm 62 is the Psalm for the week of Jan 17 to 23. Unless noted, I am using ESV.
Monday–Read through the entire Psalm but I got stuck on verse 1a, “For God alone my soul waits in silence.”
- silence I am drawn to the idea of silence. Reading this makes me aware how much I need to get away and spend at least a day in silence–away from people, cell phones and computers. I spend a lot of silent time at my desk lately writing but that is not the kind of silence I need.
- my soul Hmmm, assume my nephesh here. Since I am an integrate being, to achieve that inner stillness and silence, I also need an outer silence and a body that is at rest.
- waits I tend to think of waiting as passive but I think the waiting here is active–intentional, listening, in anticipation, purposeful
- For God Why God? Why not? For me, I might say, “At last!” Why does it take me so long to turn to God in waiting? Usually happens when I am not getting help or answers elsewhere and yes, I have been frustrated of late. Why God? v1 From him comes my salvation v2 He alone is my rock, my salvation, my fortress
- Alone Hmmm, who else has the answers I need? Shades of Psalm 121, I lift up my eyes to the hills, where does my help come from? My help comes from Yahweh, maker of heaven and earth! Is it necessary that this be exclusive–God alone? If in silence and I am waiting without distraction, maybe so. James 1:6–asking or waiting? in faith without doubting. Committed to do what He says. And yet my intention is to just be present with him–maybe there will be some communication, maybe not. But that is okay.
I remember these words from David Benner’s new book, Opening to God which I began last week,
Communion includes conversation but is much broader. Because it involves union, not just closeness and connection, it also entails much more intimacy than mere conversation.
Speaking about lectio divina or a formational or spiritual reading of Scripture
It was understood as a way of opening ourselves to God so we might be touched, awakened, realigned, integrated and healed.
Again, I welcome other personal reflections on Psalm 62 throughout the week–best to post in the comment sections but I know others will post on facebook! I will be updating this post during the week on my Ruach blog.
Tuesday night–almost did not read Psalm 62 today. Interesting how verses 1 and 2 are almost identical to verses 5 and 6. Functions as a unit and important to the Psalmist. Find myself drawn to verse 7 tonight, “On God rests my salvation and my glory.” My rescue from trouble depends on God. My glory is dependent on God–I do not need to go around seeking it!
and v8 pour out your heart before him–is this what happens as I wait in silence before God? A way that I express my trust in him? What exactly does that mean? Back to Benner and his comments about prayer being related to openness to God. Lord, I am not too good at revealing what is inside me to others and to you–help me to do so.