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How Long Will I Have Sorrow in My Heart?

A Lectio Divina of Psalm 13

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Silence and Solitude: 1 Minute

Begin with one minute of silence and solitude. Focus on God and breathe deeply. If you are in a situation where you can’t find total silence or solitude, just do your best.

Lectio Divina (Sacred Reading)

Let’s move on now to that contemplative form of Scripture reading the Church has historically called lectio divina. Work your way through the steps below.

Lectio: Read the passage below a few times slowly (out loud, if possible). Focus on the words and your breathing. Imagine yourself as being in the story of the text. Do not rush. This is not something to simply get done or accomplish.

Meditatio: Read it again. Reflect or meditate on the passage. This is not about emptying your mind, it is about focusing your heart and mind on the word of God. Think deeply about parts of the passage that stand out to you. Let the words sink in — do not rush. Repeat a key phrase or passage over and over and dwell on the words. Be content to go slowly.

Oratio: Respond to God. Pray and talk with God about the passage. Or, read the passage again (out loud, as a prayer or plea to God). Tell Him how you are feeling. Ask God how this passage applies to you.

Contemplatio: Listen to God. Wait patiently for Him. Praise Him.

Psalm 13 (NIV)

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

1 How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
2 How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
and day after day have sorrow in my heart?
How long will my enemy triumph over me?

3 Look on me and answer, Lord my God.
Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,
4 and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”
and my foes will rejoice when I fall.

5 But I trust in your unfailing love;
my heart rejoices in your salvation.
6 I will sing the Lord’s praise,
for he has been good to me.

The process above should take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour. It really just depends on the person, the passage, time available, and God.

Further Study




America is in chaos. This serial book is an invitation to retreat from the noise and explore life’s fundamental questions : 1) Origin: where did I come from? 2) Meaning: Does my life matter? 3) Wholeness: how can I feel peace amidst suffering? and 4) Hope: Will things get better?

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Bryan T. Baker

Bryan T. Baker

AP US History and Government Teacher/Former Army Intel Officer/MA in International Security/Bylines at RealClear Defense, Small Wars Journal, and others.

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