Today I was helping to set up the stations in the sanctuary of our church for our week of prayer. There is a path that leads from confession, leaving our fears and worries, offering up whatever we are and have, being silent before God, praising through our expressions of prayer and finally accepting the gift of God’s affirmation of who he has made us to be.
When we had finished our preparations this afternoon it felt as if we were in God’s presence, that he will be meeting us in a special way as we come to him this week. Sometimes God’s presence is so close – as if we are truely walking on Holy ground. This afternoon was one of those moments for me – and this is just the preparation!
Psalm 63: 1 to 8
O God, you are my God;
I earnestly search for you.
My soul thirsts for you;
my whole body longs for you
in this parched and weary land
where there is no water.
I have seen you in your sanctuary
and gazed upon your power and glory.
Your unfailing love is better to me than life itself;
how I praise you!
I will honor you as long as I live,
lifting up my hands to you in prayer.
You satisfy me more than the richest of foods.
I will praise you with songs of joy.
I lie awake thinking of you,
meditating on you through the night.
I think how much you have helped me;
I sing for joy in the shadow of your protecting wings
I follow close behind you;
your strong right hand holds me securely.