Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress; my eye wastes away from grief, my soul and body also.
For my life is spent with sorrow, and my years with sighing; my strength fails because of my misery, and my bones waste away.
I am the scorn of all my adversaries, a horror to my neighbors, an object of dread to my acquaintances; those who see me in the street flee from me.
I have passed out of mind like one who is dead; I have become like a broken vessel.
For I hear the whispering of many— terror all around!— as they scheme together against me, as they plot to take my life.
But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.”
My times are in your hand; deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors.
Let your face shine upon your servant; save me in your steadfast love.
Food For Thought:
When I read this psalm, I hear that the psalmist is coming from a dark place in life. The psalmist is going through a hard time and is singing out about that experience. Then at the end there is a glimmer of hope and trust in God. During this Lenten season, we are to be more introspective about our lives. When I read this psalm, I think of two different types of people ─ the people that see the glass as half empty or half full. More often than I would like to admit, I see the glass as ‘half empty’. I lose sight of what is most important and all the blessings in my life. Today, I would like you to pause for a moment and thank God for the many blessings in your life. I also ask that you pray for someone whom is going through a difficult time.
Merciful God, your strength and courage pour forth to sustain the witness of your faithful people.
Awaken in us the humility to serve wherever creation is broken and in need, that we may follow in the way of Jesus Christ and be faithful disciples to the kingdom that you’ve called us to build here on earth. In your sacred name we pray, Amen.