Instead of a house of fear, you will come to dwell with Love,you will radiate the light of truth to all the earth.
Psalm 45: A Lectio Divina
A Lectio Divina meditation on Psalm 45 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 address my verses to the
Heart of all hearts;
My tongue is like the pen
of a ready scribe.
My heart overflows with gratitude
You are the lodestar for humankind;
grace springs forth from your Love;
You, who are closer than our breath,
speak to us from the silence.
Those who listen and heed are
blessed beyond belief!
Put on the voice of authority,
O Beloved, speak to us in
your glory and grandeur!
With mercy and strength go forth
for the cause of Truth to
teach Love’s way;
with resolute authority awaken
your people towards wholeness!
Your ways are narrow, and few there are
who choose to follow;
many stumble and fall all
along the Way.
Your Divine Presence endures forever
Your sovereign edict is ordained
your love its unconditional,
Therefore, O Creator, O Heart of Love,
anoint us with
the oil of gladness to share
your raiment is as fragrant blossoms,
fruit of the earth,
healing herbs from nature’s bounty.
From every direction stringed instruments
will gladden our hearts;
our friends will be mature and kind,
filled with integrity,
standing beside us in times of need.
Hear, O people, consider, and
incline your ear;
Forget what has gone before you;
turn your feet to the path of Love.
Open your hearts to the Beloved,
learn of humility, be blessed
even in brokenness,
For those are the treasures stored
All glorious is the soul within,
the abode of the Merciful One;
through many trials and suffering
do you come to the Beloved,
refined by fire as you follow
With joy and gladness you are led along,
as you awaken to the Heart
of your heart.
Instead of a house of fear, you
will come to dwell with Love,
you will radiate the light of truth
to all the earth.
There will you celebrate the Beloved
for all generations to come,
the people will praise Love’s way
for ever and ever.