1 Why, O LORD, do you stand far off?
Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?
2 In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak,
who are caught in the schemes he devises.
3 He boasts of the cravings of his heart;
he blesses the greedy and reviles the LORD.
4 In his pride the wicked does not seek him;
in all his thoughts there is no room for God.
5 His ways are always prosperous;
he is haughty and your laws are far from him;
he sneers at all his enemies.
6 He says to himself, “Nothing will shake me;
I’ll always be happy and never have trouble.”
7 His mouth is full of curses and lies and threats;
trouble and evil are under his tongue.
8 He lies in wait near the villages;
from ambush he murders the innocent,
watching in secret for his victims.
9 He lies in wait like a lion in cover;
he lies in wait to catch the helpless;
he catches the helpless and drags them off in his net.
10 His victims are crushed, they collapse;
they fall under his strength.
11 He says to himself, “God has forgotten;
he covers his face and never sees.”
12 Arise, LORD! Lift up your hand, O God.
Do not forget the helpless.
13 Why does the wicked man revile God?
Why does he say to himself,
“He won’t call me to account”?
14 But you, O God, do see trouble and grief;
you consider it to take it in hand.
The victim commits himself to you;
you are the helper of the fatherless.
15 Break the arm of the wicked and evil man;
call him to account for his wickedness
that would not be found out.
16 The LORD is King for ever and ever;
the nations will perish from his land.
17 You hear, O LORD, the desire of the afflicted;
you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,
18 defending the fatherless and the oppressed,
in order that man, who is of the earth, may terrify no more.
I was recently using this passage as my lectio reading and it came when I was having a challenging time at work!
So read Psalm 10 was a challenge and it took several readings before the penny dropped!
The last few verse struck a nerve. That even though thing are tough he will, not let go of us.
The first part of the psalm we have all felt especially when things are tough. I can recall times when Jesus has been very distant and the last thing I want do is
It remind me of a joke I was once told GOD BLINKERED OR WHAT HAHAHAHA!
There was a man stuck in a flood and the flood was rising. and he called God “Help me!”
So God sent a boat, a helicopter, and other people and each time the man said “No thanks God is going to send his help!”
Sadly the man died and on his arrival to heaven he was cross and asked God “Where were you you let me down!”
God replied “WoW hang fire I sent other people a boat and a helicopter and you ignored it all!
How many times have we been blinkered!
I always thank God for the link has given me with a variety of Benedictine communities. In particular I want to mention the Douai Community. http://www.douaiabbey.org.uk/
In the last ten years I have learnt a lot from them. I can not go in specific here as it a bit to personal.
But what I’ve learnt?
Examples of great Christian living!
The phrase action speaks louder than word spring to mind and is a great tribute to the Douai community.
It reminds me of an action of two of the monk one a junior and one a senior and great monk.
The senior monk can no longer reach the back of his vestment to make sure it straight and looks good and the junior will just do it for him in a gentle manner and the senior will just let him do it and will very graciously thank him with a grin on his face. That’s a great action of humility in my eyes
The other thing I’ve learnt about are really related to my relationship with God
The fact I can be my true self God see through the fake side of me!
That there encouragement in letting go and let God.
That sometimes pain has to be gone through to allows us to get closer to God.
Regularity of pray can help in the bad times when you do not really feel like praying. There have been up to the Abbey in times of lowness and sitting there in choir with the monk and then suddenly the power of God will really over whelmed me and all is good again.
I am so looking forward to the opening of the Douai abbey library I am no book worm but love old manuscripts and I can’t wait to see them! Click on the links to see more :-)
I was thinking of the gift God has given me and there are two that always stand out.
1. Prayerful insight.
This can be very hard to see people in pain and hurting but it always out weighed by celebrating peoples joy. What I do gain out this gift is the ability to empathise and support them especially with my prayer.
2. The power of prayer
I used to feel guilty about telling people I would pray for them it felt such a small thing to do but over time my view on that has changed and I now have come to see it is the biggest way of supporting someone in there time of need. Prayer is a powerful weapon in every Christian life!