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Lectio Divina and Reflection
Psalm 31


1 In you, O LORD, I seek refuge;
do not let me ever be put to shame;
in your righteousness deliver me.

2 Incline your ear to me;
rescue me speedily.
Be a rock of refuge for me,
a strong fortress to save me.

3 You are indeed my rock and my fortress;
for your name’s sake lead me
and guide me,
4 take me out of the net that is
hidden for me,
for you are my refuge.

5 Into your hand I commit my spirit;
you have redeemed me,
O LORD, faithful God.

15 My times are in your hand;
deliver me from the hand of
my enemies and persecutors.

16 Let your face shine upon your servant;
save me in your steadfast love. (NRSV)

Lectio Divina

Read the scripture aloud three times, with a focus on each of the following questions:

1. What word or phrase catches my attention?
2. What do I sense/feel/hear?
3. What is the message/invitation for me?

Questions For Reflection:

From what/whom do I need shelter and protection?
In what ways am I in danger? distress? ashamed?
A refugee?
How does God answer my need for shelter?
How do I commit my spirit into God’s hand?
In what ways do I experience God’s face shining?
on me? God’s steadfast love? God’s guidance?
Who else do I know who needs God’s protection?
How can I minister to them?

Prayer Suggestions:

Imagine yourself in a safe place, and rest there.
Write your own prayer.
Pray this psalm in the plural, including others.

Benediction: Psalm 31:24

Be strong, and let your hearts take courage,
all you who wait for the LORD.

Note: This guided reflection on scripture follows the process of Lectio Divina outlined by Norvene West in Gathered in the Word: Praying the Scripture in Small Groups. Upper Room Books, 1996. This guide was prepared by Mary Jo Bowman for a Contemplative Prayer Sunday School class at Community Mennonite Church.

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