For the month of January, we are practicing what it means to be a Spirit-empowered community in our approach to scripture. Each week, we are discerning a text together through the spiritual practice of Lectio Divina to discover more about Jesus and his way. (Learn more about this spiritual practice here.)
Please read through this week's passage of Scripture using the following questions to guide you:
1) What images/words stand out as you hear the Psalm?
2) What do you think the Psalm means?
3) Where do you see Jesus and His Kingdom revealed in this Psalm?
4) What is the Psalm inviting us to do or put into practice as individuals and/or as a community?
After prayerfully engaging with the text, either as a group or individual, please share your insights, questions, visions, or convictions with us! We want to know what you are hearing so that we can get a fuller picture of what Jesus is saying to our community.
Psalm 6 NIV
Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger
or discipline me in your wrath.
Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am faint;
heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony.
My soul is in deep anguish.
How long, Lord, how long?
Turn, Lord, and deliver me;
save me because of your unfailing love.
Among the dead no one proclaims your name.
Who praises you from the grave?
I am worn out from my groaning.
All night long I flood my bed with weeping
and drench my couch with tears.
My eyes grow weak with sorrow;
they fail because of all my foes.
Away from me, all you who do evil,
for the Lord has heard my weeping.
The Lord has heard my cry for mercy;
the Lord accepts my prayer.
All my enemies will be overwhelmed with shame and anguish;
they will turn back and suddenly be put to shame.
Share with us how this Psalm is speaking to you!
Written Reflection - Reflect on and answer one or all of the four questions above.
Questions - What questions arise for you about the text or what it means?
Creative Expression - Respond to what the Psalm is speaking to you in song, poetry, sculpture, painting, photography or any other creative expression.
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