Lesson 2, Series 2, Psalm 121, Lectio Divina

Psalm 121 (NLT)

A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem.

I look up to the mountains—
does my help come from there?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth!

He will not let you stumble;
the one who watches over you will not slumber.
Indeed, he who watches over Israel
never slumbers or sleeps.

The Lord himself watches over you!
The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade.
The sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon at night.

The Lord keeps you from all harm
and watches over your life.
The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go,
both now and forever.

Preparation:  Sit in a comfortable place free from daily distractions.  If possible, sit outside or by a window.  Clear your mind of the pressures of the day, and ask God to open your heart.

Lectio:  If this is a familiar Psalm to you, find a translation that is different from the one you usually use.  This can bring a fresh perspective on your reading.  Read the words of  Psalm 121 through in its entirety, aloud if possible.

Read through the Psalm a second time, highlighting or recording the words and phrases which stand out to you.

Meditatio:  Repeat the words or phrases that caught your attention in the reading.  Write them on your heart, memorizing them if possible.  Open your heart to hear God speaking through the words.

Oratio:  Spend some time in prayer, talking to God, perhaps giving thanks for the way in which you have personally experienced these words in your life.

Contemplatio:  Rest in silence, allowing God to speak to your soul.  Visualize yourself in the presence of God, under the help, care, comfort and watch of the One who stands beside you, loving you.

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