Compel me to know your ways , O Love; instruct me upon your paths.

A Lectio Divina meditation on Psalm 25 from Nan Merrill’s book Psalms for Praying

Experience stillness and in the quiet hear what God is offering from these rich and hope-filled words.

To You, O Love, I lift up my soul!

O Heart within my heart,

in You I place my trust.

Let me not feel unworthy;

let not fear rule over me.

Yes! May all who open their hearts

savour You and bless the earth!

Compel me to know your ways , O Love;

instruct me upon your paths.

Lead me in your truth,

and teach me,

for through You will I know


I shall reflect your Light

both day and night.

I know of your mercy, Blessed One,

and of your unconditional Love;

You have been with me

from the beginning.

Forgive the many times I have walked

away from You

choosing to follow my own will.

I seek your guidance, once again,

I yearn to know your Peace.

Companion me as I open to your Will!

You are gracious and just,

O Spirit of Truth,

happy to guide those who

miss their way;

You enjoy teaching all who are open,

all who choose to live in truth.

your paths are loving and sure,

O Holy One, and

those who give witness to You

through their lives

are blessed beyond measure.

Yet, all too often glorious gifts

of Grace, of Love and Light,

are veiled by my busyness.

I bow down before You;

instruct me, that I might choose

the way of love and truth.

I would live in your abundant Love,

and my children as well.

Your friendship is offered to all

whose hearts are open;

You make known your promises

to them.

My eyes are ever on You, Beloved,

keep my feet from stumbling

along the way.

Turn to me, O Holy One, and envelop me

with your love, for

I am lonely and oppressed.

Relieve the blocks in my heart

that keep me separated from You;

See all the darkness within me;

fill it with your healing Light,

Look at my pain and all my fears;

they shut out love and life.

Protect me and free me;

let me not live as unworthy,

for I would return Home to You.

May integrity and wholeness fill me

as I dwell with You,

O Loving Presence.

May we, together with the angels

and the company of heaven,

help unfold your Plan

for planet Earth.

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