Commit your life to the Beloved, confident that Love will act on your behalf, Making clear your pathway, bright as the sun at midday.
A Lectio Divina meditation on Psalm 37 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.
Give no heed to those who are greedy,
attend to those who do wrong.
For, like the green grass of spiring,
they soon fade and whither away.
Trust in the Most High, and seek goodness;
live harmoniously upon the earth
in peace and with assurance.
Take delight in the Beloved, and
enjoy the bountiful gifts of Love.
Commit your life to the Beloved,
confident that Love will act
on your behalf,
Making clear your pathway,
bright as the sun at midday.
Be still before the Beloved, and wait
quietly in the Silence;
pray for those who prosper by
and for those who live by
their own desires.
Recognise your own anger as unfulfilled
lift your thoughts to higher planes;
For those who act out of anger,
Separate themselves from Love;
While those who live in harmony,
shall know peace, assurance, gratitude,
In a little while, those who live with greed,
will prosper no more;
the darkness of ignorance will pass,
as a new dawn enlightens the world.
The lovers of darkness shall perish,
while the humble shall inherit
the earth, and find
delight in sharing its abundance
Those who are greedy plot against the weak,
those without worldly power,
and rationalise their selfish deeds.
The Beloved watches patiently, knowing
they will stumble and have to face
their own downfall.
Those with power make war
killing the innocent,
murdering in the name of peace!
O, if only they only knew that their greed
will kill their own spirit;
their hearts will be broken.
How much better is the little of
those who know Love, than
the abundance of the greedy ones.
For the spirit of the selfish will
while those who live in love
shall dwell with Love.
Love walks with the upright,
and their heritage is forever;
In difficult times, they will be assured,
even in times of famine,
their spirits will be filled.
But those who live by usurped power
Like a refining fire, their deeds
will burn and vanish away
Those who are greedy borrow, using
the assets of others,
money they cannot pay back;
The upright are generous and give.
Blessed by Love, they know inner peace,
but the selfish cut themselves
off from Love.
Our lives come from the Most Hugh
and Love walks beside those with
Those who know Love are blessed wan
shall be filled with the Spirit;
though their lives may seem difficult,
Love raises them up.
From my birth to my elder years,
I have watched the upright blessed
with inner strength and faith.
Living as beneficial presences in the world,
their children come to know Love.
Turn from ignorance, and become all that
you were born to be;
thus will you fulfil your birthright.
The Beloved loves justice and will enable
all who call upon Love to grow in love.
The upright of heart will know the
fullness of life,
their children will be blessed.
Those who give avarice a home,
set their children on the path
that leads to darkness.
The upright of heart know Silence;
when they speak, it is with
wisdom and justice.
For Love abides in their hearts;
their way is made sure.
Those who do wrong look to justify
they seek to subdue the upright.
Their greed begets fear and guilt;
they condemn themselves.
Closing their hearts to Love,
they live unaware of their own
deep poverty of heart.
Desire only Love and walk your days
with the Beloved;
you will radiate with joy, blessing
others with Love’s presence;
you will know not loneliness with
Love’s Companioning Presence.
I have seen the greedy ones, their
ways are overbearing,
they puff themselves up with pride.
When I pass them, I see only
an inflated balloon;
even so, I take time to honour
the divine Spark hidden
Look at the innocent, consider those
honest of heart;
they leave a rich inheritance
to their children.
But shoe who live with greed, end
their days empty,
they leave a legacy of hollow vanity
to their children.
The saving grace of the upright comes
from the Beloved;
Love is their refuge in times of
Love lead the way and they arrive
delivered from those who tempt them
Love invites all to open thirty hearts.