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As we listen to Psalm 118:15-29, we strengthen our ability to hear God’s voice. The final half of Psalm 118 repeats the phrase, “God’s love continues forever.” We need that reassurance. As we keep on exploring the words that stand out to us, we enter a conversation with one another and with God.
Psalm 118:15-29 is the final section of the Psalms of Hallel. It is the Psalm that we learn the words, “This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad today.” We grow our gratefulness and gladness because God’s love continues despite our circumstances. Gratitude and rejoicing are our choice! We say thank you and sing praise because we are invited into relationship because of God’s love, not because of our goodness.
Like the psalmist, we have experienced suffering. And, if you are reading or listening to this today, you too have suffered and lived.
I wonder what YOU hear as an invitation today? What does God speak to you through these words and through the conversation? What is it that you’re noticing? What’s the call? What could you do today that would be just one little thing that would grow your connection, your relationship, your listening to God?
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More ways to practice your listening
Psalm 113 to Psalm 118 are part of the Psalms of Hallel. For more information about the Psalms of Hallel, check out our blog post on these Six Powerful Psalms of Praise.
Explore other Psalms with similar themes by listening to other Listening Practices.
- Are you touched by the section of Psalm 118:15-29 that asks God to give us success? Listen to the Psalm 90 Listening Practice.
- Are you drawn toward the hope of God accompanying you in your suffering? Listen to Psalm 37:1-9.
If you liked this Listening Practice you might like our podcast of the first half of this Psalm, Psalm 118:1-14.
Do you prefer video? Watch the video recording of this Listening Practice on our Living Faith at Home YouTube channel.
How will listening to Psalm 118:1-14 impact your relationship with God?
We could make up a six point list about what listening to this Psalm will draw to your attention. Or we could try to assure you of something that we can’t actually promise in the short term.
Instead we invite you to listen to Psalm 118:1-14 for yourself. It matters most that you are in the conversation rather than that we tell you what to hear and to notice.
So what do you notice? What stories from your life are stirred up in the conversation? What would you like to do as a result of being in conversation with God and a trusted companion?
Because in the long run, being in conversation with the Psalms and with a skilled Spiritual Companion will impact your ability to hear God speak to you. Being in the dialogue will develop your trust in your ability to listen to what matters most. Keeping on listening, seeking, and debriefing will develop your trust in God. And a relationship of trust with a good God will lead towards the good news of God’s love impacting your everyday life.
If you liked this Listening Practice you might like our podcast of Psalm 117.
If you prefer video, you can find the video recording of this Listening Practice here.
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Listen with us to Psalm 117! It is the shortest Psalm and it is still chock-a-block full of the opportunity to hear God’s words to us.
As you listen to Psalm 117, what words or phrases do you notice yourself drawn to? Is there an invitation to some action that stands out to you?
By listening to words from scripture and to one another in dialogue, we can become steady in our ability to hear God speak to us. You might hear assurance of God’s love for you despite the circumstances of life. Or you might be called toward speaking gratefulness for something that you are experiencing. Perhaps what stands out to you is that this Psalm is addressed to everyone, not just a select few!
Whatever you notice, as you carry it into conversation with God and with a companion, you are doing the work of prayer. Prayer is listening to God and speaking with God.
If you liked this Listening Practice you might like our podcast of Psalm 116. Psalm 113 to Psalm 118 are part of the Psalms of Hallel. or more information about the Psalms of Hallel, check out our blog post on these Six Powerful Psalms of Praise.
If you prefer video, you can find the video recording of this Listening Practice here.
We’d love for you to like and subscribe to our channel here.
When we listen to Psalm 116, we are assured that God listens to our cry for help.
This Psalm begins with, “I love the Lord because God listens to my cry for help.” As we work our way through this prayer-poem, we hear the inner thoughts of the writer. From a place of deep honesty, the Psalmist admits their honest thoughts and feelings. Having admitted the state of their mind, they can then allow the Divine to offer statements of truth. Those statements of truth are medicine for a mind and nervous system that are going wild.
Our bodies, minds, and hearts really do try their best in the situations that we are in. And sometimes those situations are not safe. Perhaps we have done the best we could in really challenging situations. Perhaps we did less than our best. In any case, we can be assured that God listens to our cries for help and loves us, so that we can love God in return.
What stands out to you in this reading today? How are you invited to move your relationship with God into your action today?
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More ways to extend your Listening Practice
If you liked this Listening Practice you might like our podcast of Psalm 115. Psalm 113 to Psalm 118 are part of the Psalms of Hallel. or more information about the Psalms of Hallel, check out our blog post on these Six Powerful Psalms of Praise.
Psalm 115 begins with “The glory belongs to you, God, because of your love and loyalty.” All the rest of the way through, Psalm 115 calls us to attend to God’s love and loyalty at work in our lives. God’s blessing, God’s help, and God’s protection are the bedrock of our relationship of trust and faith. As we listen together to this Psalm and to one another in dialogue, we can discern what distractions to let go of and what affirmations to hold tightly.
Finish this phrase in the comments, “Because of God’s great love and loyalty, I will…”
What do you notice as you listen along today? How does the Spirit invite you to be active in your faith and in your relationship?
If you liked this Listening Practice you might like our podcast of Psalm 114. Psalm 113, 114, and 115 are part of a collection of Psalms called the Psalms of Hallel. For more information about the Psalms of Hallel, check out our blog post on these Six Powerful Psalms of Praise.
If you prefer video, you can find the video recording of this Listening Practice on our Living Faith at Home YouTube channel.
We’d love for you to like and subscribe to our YouTube channel here.
The poetic imagery of Psalm 114 makes mountains, rivers, and hills skip and dance. While the playful imagery of baby goats and lambs makes for delightful watching, it also sets up a lively picture of action and movement. A situation that seemed as immovable as a mountain, shifted and changed in a single night for the Hebrew people as they left slavery and began the process of becoming freed people with a land of their own.
Psalm 114 is part of a small collection of Psalms called the Psalms of Hallel. For more information about the Psalms of Hallel, check out our blog post on these Six Powerful Psalms of Praise.
Are there situations in your life that feel like being between a rock and a hard place? With our ears to the lips of the Divine, we wait for their instructions about what to do next. God is active in the real world and walks with us each step of the way!
What do you notice as you listen to this Psalm? What are you noticing that God is turning from rock to water on your behalf?
If you liked this Listening Practice you might like our podcast of the previous podcast, Psalm 113.
If you prefer video, you can find the video recording of this Listening Practice on our Living Faith at Home YouTube channel. We’d love for you to like and subscribe to our channel.
Psalm 113 is the first Psalm of Hallel. This series of psalms is teaches us to interact with God with etiquette and intimacy. It is an invitation to praise God and to praise God’s name.
The psalms of Hallel (Psalm 113 to 118) are often recited as part of important Hebrew celebrations. They retell classic stories of divine intervention. And it seems likely that Jesus joined his followers in singing these Psalms on the night that we name “Maundy Thursday.” Even as the storms of violence swirled around Jesus, he sang with his community.
“No one is like the Lord our God, who rules from heaven, who bends down to look at the skies and the earth. The Lord lifts the poor from the dirt and takes the helpless from the ashes.”Psalm 118:5-7
For more information about the Psalms of Hallel, check out our blog post on these Six Powerful Psalms of Praise.
As you listen and respond to God (the Lord, Yahweh, the Divine) today, what captures your attention? What would you like to say in return?
Psalm 112 sings the praises of a kind and generous God. A God who provides, blesses, and gives steadiness in the midst of relationship. God loves us and reaches out with mercy and generosity to bless us. God speaks to us with kindness and helps us as we choose the actions of confident and beloved people. If we practice listening for God and being in conversation with one another, then we discover that the habits of a good person are woven into our lives.
What does God speak to you as you engage in conversation with God and with trusted companions through this psalm? What actions are you invited to weave into your experience? Actions that can cultivate the habits of relationship with a community of faith and with God?
Each day we can listen for the voice of God to speak to us, to comfort us, to lead us, and to invite us into a “next step”.
This short Psalm and the process of practicing listening today gives each person the opportunity to hear God speak love, and to offer a next step forward.
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None of us are monarchs or likely to be monarchs, yet we can listen and note where God speaks to us in these words from Psalm 110. Psalm 110 is about God appointing a King.
Perhaps the imagery of the freshness of a new baby catches your attention. Or maybe it is the idea of God speaking to you and naming you with those who speak words of encouragement to strengthen the work of God in the people of God?
As you listen today, take note of what stands out to you and share it with us either in the comments or by private message. We would love to hear from you.
Psalm 109 is a prayer poem of Lament about our enemy’s Lament. As we finish reading the last half of Psalm 109 and talk together with one another and God about what we are noticing, we invite you to enter the conversation with us.
On the journey of life, challenging relationships can eat up so much of our attention and energy. We assume we know what our nemesis is thinking. We ache with the pain of uncertainty. And sometimes we even ache with the insults hurled in the heat of arguments.
What does God speak to you in the midst of the pain? How are you invited to be? What are you invited to do? As we listen and talk together about scripture, we can have clear next steps of invitation that help us to strengthen our relationship with God. Over time this calms our overactive nervous systems, and calls our fearful, shy parts to be in the conversation too.
We would love to hear from you as you explore your relationship of reciprocity with the Divine.
God bless you!
Listening to Psalm 109:1-15 gives us an example of how to pray when we are afraid others hate us. There are many situations where we feel pain and experience suffering. Sometimes we lament because of the way that our relationships are with other people. Sometimes we even feel like others are praying against us.
In our lament, we can carry our feelings into dialogue with God. We can keep asking God to speak to us. We can know for certain that God knows the true story of what is going on even though our perspective is limited. Even when we don’t know what to pray, we can know how to pray when we are afraid others hate us.
Thanks for listening along to Scripture with us and for entering into the conversation. Comment below with the word, phrase, or ideas that stand out to you. And share this video with a companion who you would like to join you in the conversation.
Join us in listening to Psalm 108 as we practice listening to God and to one another. Addressed directly to the Divine, Psalm 108 is a great example of expressing this moment’s experiences in prayer, while listening for the longer arc of our story at the same time.
Do you have spaces in your life that need rescue?
Do you have songs of praise to sing?
Would you join us in conversation to bring energy and clarity to your experience of praying Psalm 108 today?
Psalm 107:23-43 encourages us to pay attention to the particular details of our lives and to give thanks for the love and the miracles. What are you noticing in your everyday life that you are glad about?
As we tell and retell our stories of God at work in our lives, we can strengthen our remembering muscles, grow our ability to notice the threads of the mundane miraculous, and leave a legacy for those who follow us.
All these centuries later, a prayer-poet’s words inspire us to tell our stories. Who might your story inspire? How would you like to record your story of God at work in your life?
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Building upon our previous listening experiences, we continue to practice listening for the voice of God. This involves paying attention to our thoughts, feelings, and experiences and then talking together.
In this conversation, we explore what we notice in the first half of one of Reade’s favourite Psalms. It has several great story lines that point to times of trouble and the ways that God saved people in the midst of their trouble.
Through direct and indirect invitations, how do you notice God calling you forward as you listen to this Psalm?
Let’s listen to Psalm 106:24-48 together. This can help us settle down our activated nervous systems. Listening to God, to ourselves, and to one another as we read the last half of Psalm 106 is a practice for regulating our minds. Listen along with us to find deep connection to the Divine, to seek out hope, and to feel supported in the midst of challenging times.
What do you notice as you listen along? What calls you forward?
Meditation and dialogue using the first half of Psalm 106 brings a space of attention and remembering into our days. What do you notice as you listen to this Psalm being read? What does the Life-Giving Spirit invite you towards as you listen and reflect?
Leave us a quick comment to let us know that you listened along!
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Listening to the final section of Psalm 105 stirs our sacred imaginations to experience joy at the thought of freedom after slavery. It also invites gratitude for the many ways that the Divine Family initiate in our lives and provide for us.
Do you want to hear God speak to you? There are many practices that help us to listen to our thoughts and feelings, and to the voice of the Divine, in the midst of our everyday lives.
Being in conversation with Scripture, with a skilled guide, and with the “stuff” of our everyday lives help us to settle into hearing God’s voice for our everyday lives.
What do you notice as you listen along?
Are you looking for a way to pause and listen to your life and hear the voice of God?
We pause to listen using the centre section of Psalm 105 which retells the story of the Hebrew people and their years in Egypt.
There are so many things that can come to our attention in the midst of listening to Scripture and joining in dialogue with one another. What do you notice as you listen along? Take a moment to note it for yourself and share in conversation with someone else.
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Remember! Remember to remember!
Psalm 105:1-15 retells the story of the Hebrew people and their experience of relationship with God. This first section of Psalm 105 recounts early Hebrew history prior to slavery in Egypt.
As we listen together to what God might be saying to us through this practice, what do you notice?
We notice our own circumstances, and our human tendency to let the negative in our brains stick like they are velcro and the blessings slide out of our minds like they are teflon.
Practice with us to get better noticing at the dialogue between God and you!