Be not afraid to discover the Treasure within, to seek the gold hidden in the garden of your heart.
Psalm 49: A Lectio Divina
A Lectio Divina meditation on Psalm 49 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.
Hear this, all nations!
Give ear, all inhabitants of the
both low and high,
rich and poor together!
My mouth shall speak wisdom!
the mediation of my heart
shall be understanding.
I will incline my ear to the Word;
I will solve my problems
through the whispers
of the Heart’s voice.
Why should I give up in times
when stubborn fears oppress me,
when illusion surrounds me,
Fears that give birth to greed
and lead to exploitation?
Truly I cannot save myself,
or offer a haven of peace to
When my home is like a hornet’s nest,
a hive of restless fears.
Turning to you, O Guiding Spirit,
is my strength and support,
a stronghold in times of trouble.
Yes, even the wise are not immune
yet, unlike the ignorant, the wise
face their fears with resolve.
Not running away, nor projecting them
They trace them to the source,
rooting them out as weeds
from a rose garden.
Thus, they do not trust in the riches
of the world,
but in the Treasure hidden
within the heart.
Others are arrogant in their ignorance,
proud of their own counsel.
Like sheep led to slaughter,
their fears compel them to
walk in the darkness,
Guiding them onto unholy paths,
into webs of intrigue,
where despair and destruction
make their home.
Yet does the Spirit of Truth abide within,
veiled by bulwarks of pain.
Be not afraid to discover the Treasure
to seek the gold hidden in
the garden of your heart.
For inasmuch as you root out
will truth and peace and joy
become your riches.
You will live in the realm of Love
becoming a light,
a beneficial presence in the world.
Future generations will be blessed,
the bonds of ignorance
O Spirit of Truth, You are our strength
and our guiding light,
Lead us, O Love, to the eternal Treasure,
The Heart of all hearts.