As a hart longs for flowing streams, so my soul for You O Beloved. My soul thirst for the Beloved, for the Living Water
Psalm 42: A Lectio Divina
A Lectio Divina meditation on Psalm 42 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.
As a hart longs for flowing streams,
so my soul for You
My soul thirst for the Beloved,
for the Living Water.
When may I come and behold
Tears have been my only nourishment
day and night,
While friends ask continually,
“Why do you seem so lost
All this I remembered,
as I poured out my soul;
How I went out among the throng,
Proceeding to the House of Prayer;
With loud voice we gave You praise
a multitude proclaiming gratitude
Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you disquieted
My hope is in the Beloved, my
strength and my joy,
O my soul, open the door to Love!
My soul is cast down within me,
yet I remember You
From my mother’s womb to maturity,
through all the days of my life.
Deep calls to deep
at the thunder of your waterfalls;
All your waves and your billows
have washed over me.
By day You lead me in steadfast
at night your song is within me,
prayer from the Heart of my Heart.
I say to the Beloved, the Blessed One,
“Why have You forgotten me?
Why go I mourning because of
the oppression of fear?”
As with a deadly wound in
I feel the pain of war and injustice;
while the powerful seem to destroy,
the innocent seem of no account.
O my soul, let not the quagmire of war
keep me from radiating your peace,
your love and light to the world.
My hope is in You, O Spirit of Truth;
be my strength and my guide.
O my soul, let us celebrate the Oneness
of all Creation!