I know every creature, every plant, every mineral; I know you – your every need and your fears
Psalm 50: A Lectio Divina
A Lectio Divina meditation on Psalm 50 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.
The beloved, through the energy of Love,
brought forth the world.
From rising to the setting sun,
Love radiates out to all the nations
perfect in beauty.
The Beloved has come and will not
keep silence; for
Divine Love is a consuming Fire,
calling forth heaven and earth
to the judgement of all people;
“Gather around, my loyal friends,
all who by repentance and recompense
follow the inner Way.”
The universe forever proclaims justice,
And, the Beloved’s Indwelling Presence
guides those who hear with
their heart’s ear.
“Listen, all people, and I shall speak;
I will bear witness against you,
As Divine Presence, Eternal Flame of Love,
Shall I not find fault with what
you call holy,
Theses offerings of greed and war
that are before Me always?
Your lies and deceitful ways,
your greed for power and wealth
are spawned by darkness.
Have you forgotten that we are to be
One in Love and Truth,
that all life is Sacred Gift?
I know every creature, every plant,
I know you – your every need
and your fears;
The Earth and all that is in it
belongs to the Whole, to be
Tended by all in co-operation
Shall I accept your proud and
the oppression, the injustices
through your fearful deeds?
Never shall I accept such burnt offerings!
Rather, offer to the Beloved a gift
with grateful hearts;
For what other return can you make
for all that Love offers to you?
My friends, search for the still voice
that dwells in the Silence.
If you call upon Me in times of trouble,
I am ever present to you.
You will know Me in your hearts,
as you honour my love for you.
To you, whose hearts have turned
to stone I say:
“What right have you to mouth empty prayers,
and make so free with words
attributed to Love –
You, who Harte correction and turn away
when you hear my Voice speaking
within your heart?
You rob the poor with your greed
You consort with murder and destruction;
You blame others for your own
thinking I am blind to your
The air, the earth, and the seas
have become foul with the pollution
of your self-seeking ways
in the name of nationalism, security,
All this you have done, and shall
I keep silence?
You think that I am another like yourself,
But, point by point, I shall
rebuke you to your face.
Think well on this, you who disdain
for you will reap in proportion
the suffering that you have sown,
and no-one will be able to save you
from your own destruction.”
All who surrender to the love of
the Great Mystery,
whose hearts are merciful and kind,
will go in beauty and walk with grace;
And all who reverence Love’s Eternal Flame,
will know Love’s Companioning Presence.