Rather than dispensing liturgical advice or insight today, I’m just going to pass along some help for your prayers this evening. Let’s look at Psalm 114…
Evening Prayer on the 23rd day of the month sees Psalm 114 leading the Psalms Appointed for that Office. It’s a short psalm, which is always helpful for those who are new to praying the psalms, and it explores the theme of hope in a curious way.
It begins and ends with pairs of verses that address something that God has done:
1 When Israel came out of Egypt,
and the house of Jacob from among a people of foreign tongue,
2 Judah was God’s sanctuary,
and Israel his dominion.
7 Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord,
at the presence of the God of Jacob,
8 Who turned the hard rock into a pool of water,
and the flint stone into a springing well.
These book-ends frame this Psalm as a celebration of deliverance. It looks back to the time of the exodus from Egypt, and proclaims…
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