Step #1: Lectio / Read
Click the link below or open your Bible to the passage and read through the reading at least once, paying attention to what is happening in the text.
Step #2: Meditatio / Meditate
Use the following meditation to help you reflect more deeply on the Scripture (you may want to read the passage again).
We have many titles for the Lord; titles that help us understand more about who He is, what our relationship to Him looks like, and how He loves us. Sometimes, in the midst of so many titles, it’s easy to focus on one particular aspect of God and forget some of the others. The Psalm today reveals to us one of these titles: God as our King.
To look at God as King requires us to reconstruct our notion of what a king really is. We’re damaged in our view of kings because of the imperfect men who have soiled the understanding of what a king truly is. In the Lord, we find a King who is mighty, loving, powerful, and humble. Our King is not just an agent of power who lords over his subjects - he is a King who has a throne founded on righteousness and justice. He provides for those who serve Him, and His reign protects those who love Him. God shows us that Kingship isn’t simply about ruling and judging, but about serving and loving. In God we have a King who provides, protects, and fights for those who love Him.
We live in a world that is pushing us to figure out the answers to every question. We are often faced with the idea that in order to be comfortable and to live well we have to be the masters of our own destiny and able to answer every and any question or challenge that comes our way. We are constantly trying to be the kings of the small kingdoms that we make out of our lives. The issue we often run into is that we don’t have all the answers, we don’t know how to fix the brokenness, and we aren’t powerful enough to rule every aspect of our lives. We don’t sit on thrones that are founded on righteousness and justice, but rather judgment and sinfulness. But where we fall short, God reigns.
The Lord is gently reminding us today that He is the King of all, including our lives. When life is burdensome and we don’t know what to do or where to turn, we can rest assured that our King, the Ruler of Creation and lover of our hearts, is in control. When we feel like we have no control over this life, we know that God, our King, reigns.
Step #3: Oratio / Pray
These questions are to be used to talk to God; have a conversation with the Lord about these questions and what is going on in your heart as you pray today.
What does the idea of God being King mean to you? What would it look like for Him to truly be allowed to be King of your life?
How, in your life, have you tried to create your own kingdoms? How can you give those things back over to the Lord?
What areas of your life is God asking for control of?
Step #4: Contemplatio / Contemplate
In this step, you listen. Stop talking, let God speak to your heart. You may repeat one of these short phrases to focus your mind on the Lord.
"You are my King."
"I will follow You."
"You can have control."
Step #5: Actio / Act
In light of today's reading and your time spent in prayer with the Lord, what concrete action or actions will you take to let this encounter with the Lord bear fruit in you today?
Spend some time before your day really starts today - or tomorrow, if it has already started - to pray while looking through your calendar. Give God permission to truly have control and be King of your schedule and see what He wants for you.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Adam Smyth, a high school youth minister at Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish in Ellicott City, MD.