I waited patiently for the Beloved, who heard my cry and came to me.
A Lectio Divina meditation on Psalm 40 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.
I waited patiently for the Beloved,
who heard my cry and
came to me.
Love raised me from the pits of
out of confusion and fear,
and set my feet upon a rock
making my steps secure.
There is a new song in my mouth,
a song of praise to the Beloved.
May many see and rejoice, may they
put their trust in Love.
Blessed are those who make Love
who do not turn to the proud,
to those who follow false idols!
O Beloved, how wondrous are your gifts
to us; your thoughts are beyond imagination.
What joy to live in Oneness with You!
Were we to proclaim and tell of Your
beauty and blessed grace,
Who could measure it?
Sacrifice and offering are not
your desire for us;
For, you have opened our
Burn’t offerings are not required.
My heart affirms my surrender;
in the Book of Life it is written:
“I abandon myself into your hands,
for I love You and wish only
to create with You,
O my Beloved;
For You are the Life of my life forever.”
I tell the glad news of
to all who will listen.
Yes I raise my voice,
with praise and acclamation.
I tell of Love’s saving grace
Within my heart,
I speak of Love’s faithfulness
and healing power.
I aspire to reveal your steadfast love
through the witness of my life.
Do not, O Beloved, withhold
Your mercy from me,
Let your Love, your Light,
and faithfulness ever
guide and uphold me.
For fears so often overwhelm me
My desires and anger cause me
to be blind; so
I look away when I see injustice,
my heart becomes cold.
In your mercy, O Beloved, deliver me!
O Love, make haste to help me!
Let my fears be put to rest,
fears that separate me from You;
Let all that keeps me from love,
From peace and gratitude,
be transformed within me.
And may all who seek Love
rejoice and be glad;
May all who would live truth
continually call upon Love!
As for me, though often broken
I know that Love dwells within.
For now, where injustice or illusion
make their home,
I witness to your Peace and Love,
O Teacher and Friend to All!