1. Keep me safe, O God, for in you I take refuge.
2. I said to the Lord, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.”
3. As for the saints who are in the land,
they are the glorious ones in whom is all my delight.
4. The sorrows of those will increase who run after other gods. I will not pour out their libations of blood or take up their names on my lips.
5. Lord, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure.
6. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
surely I have a delightful inheritance.
Reflection by Darlene Wagner
During the loss and disruption of this pandemic, the Psalms offer many comforting words. Concepts as “refuge” and “boundary lines” take on new meaning in light of staying home and social distancing. Best of all, the Psalmist proclaims his God as his “portion” and “cup”, implying security and provision. Unfortunately, the Psalmist calls down sorrows upon those who run after other gods, suggesting intolerance for followers of other faiths. I live my life by devotion to Goddess of the Earth while showing acceptance for all other peoples, regardless of who they name as their personal Higher Power. In any case, given these times of illness and loss, I intercede before the God that others are most likely to understand:
Our nearest, dear Eternal Father, Light of Heaven!
We honor and thank you for the good things
In your mercy you have placed into our lives.
Bless us! Wrap us in your sheltering arms—
Protect us through these hours and days—
Please heal these your beloved who are struck by sickness!
In your Son’s name we pour our hearts out to you.
We love you! We praise you! We glorify you!