“In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me; incline your ear to me and save me” – Psalm 71:2
This Sunday the lectionary invites us to reflect on Psalm 71. Psalm 71 is often used in worship services and in liturgies of call and response. It is a psalm of petition and of comfort. Let us find a prayer space, center our hearts, and read Nan Merrill’s interpretation of Psalm 71 from her book Psalms for Praying.
In you, O my Beloved, do I take refuge; let me never feel separated from You!
In your compassion come and refresh me; listen to my cry, answer my plea!
Be to me a rock, a tower of strength, a strong arm to uphold me, as I abandon myself into your hands.
Be a very Presence to me as fear grips me, as I grow old and my friends leave me.
For You, O Friend, are my hope, my strength, since I was but a child.
Upon You have I trusted from my birth, You, whom I knew before my mother’s womb.
I continually sing praises to You!