There they are: fear besets them – fear that others will steal their wealth
A Lectio Divina meditation on Psalm 53 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.
Those lacking in understanding may say,
“There is no Divine Presence.”
They have not yet opened their hearts
to the Divine Guest,
to the Beloved, who dwells within.
The Holy Spirit seeks out hearts
that have been broken,
Ever ready to heal them with
strength and new life.
Even when a heart remains closed,
seeking its own will,
The Beloved waits with abiding courtesy
to hear the inward call.
Many there are who know not Love,
labouring only for money and power,
Becoming greedy and dissatisfied,
oppressing the poor and
There they are: fear besets them –
fear that others will steal their
that their riches will be scattered
they live in prisons of their own
O, that deliverance would come!
For, when they seek Treasure
They will be blessed and know
the joy, friendship, and love
of the Beloved in all hearts.