Saturday, April 10, 2010

Praying the Psalms-Thirteen










“How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart? How long will me enemy triumph over me?” Psalm 13: 1-2

I recognize these words far too well, for they were my daily winter cry. In the gloom of dark days and the chill of blustery winds, my soul, too, grew dark and cold. The Lord seemed to be lost in the dark of the season and I could not find the face of God. My thoughts of despair and emptiness were hard to pin down, try as I might to overtake them with prayers of joy and hope.

“Look on me and answer, O Lord my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death;
My enemy will say, ‘I have overcome him, and my foes will rejoice when I fall.” Psalm 13:3-4


And suddenly, the Lord’s face shone brightly upon my darkness, giving that much needed light to my eyes. Spring is here, and the sun is shining bright and warm. I can see that the Lord loves me and He will not let my enemy have the last word. I will stand victorious in the light of day, with a calm and serene mind that has cast out the racing thoughts of doom that worked for control of my mind.

“But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.
I will sing to the Lord, for he has been good to me.” Psalm 13:5-6


The Lord heard my prayer and in His great love for me I will forever rejoice. Alleluia!

Join Jenny at Just a Minute to pray the psalms

9 comments:

  1. I'm blessed to know you can feel the Son shining on you again :)

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  2. I will stand victorious in the light of day, with a calm and serene mind that has cast out the racing thoughts of doom that worked for control of my mind.

    A victory cry for sure!!

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  3. I like very much the 23rd Psalm - The Lord is my Shepherd.

    Thank you Anne for this wonderful post.

    God bless.

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  5. A beautiful reflection. I'm always amazed that we utter the same words and thoughts of the psalmists millennia later. God Bless you.

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  6. This psalm has so much meaning, especially to a military family during a deployment. Thanks for writing about it! By the way, since you have a prayer of St. John Vianney at the top of your blog: my new Goddaughter's middle name is Vianney. Isn't that pretty?

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  7. The Psalms are great! I just finished a weekend retreat that included four prayer services -- all based on various psalms.

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  8. Ute, Vianney is a beautiful middle name! Your Goddaughter is blessed!

    I am so glad that you all love the psalms! Maybe next Saturday you will join in and reflect with us on Psalm 14!

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