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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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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!
Listening Practice with the last half of Psalm 104 brings together the natural world, our experiences of life, and God’s involvement with the created world and in our experiences. Life has so many changes and in the midst of them all, God is with us!
As we listen to this Psalm we attend to the cycles of life, death, and new life. Monarch caterpillars have been living out their lives in our home, and as we were praying together while listening to this Psalm, a caterpillar became a chrysalis!
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There are so many details to delight in as we explore our everyday lives and as we practice listening to Psalm 104:1-18.
The practice of listening to the Psalms helps us to attend to those details. Practicing listening to God through the Psalms helps us to calm our spirits down as we pay attention to all the little (and big) ways that God is involved in our lives.
The first half of Psalm 104 is full of thanks and praise for God’s goodness and helps us to turn toward our experiences of noticing God at work in our lives.
What do you notice as you listen along with us?
In Psalm 103, the writer of this prayer-poem repeats the invitation to say “thank you” to God again and again. When you look back over the last 24 hours, the last 7 days, the last month, can you see any experiences of God’s kindness to you?
If we practice saying, “thank you, God,” we can find those everyday kindnesses.
The poppies that burst out in beauty, and last but a moment.
The grass of the land.
The clouds as they travel by.
There is a fleetingness to our lives, but God’s kindness to us is both everyday and eternal.
What do you notice as you listen along?
How do you share the story of your life, or the experiences of your faith relationship, with the people around you?
Psalm 102:18-28 tells the story of God at work in the story of people’s lives over the long haul, and expresses the vision of a future where the next generations to come will also see God at work in their lives.
Will you tell or write the story of God at work in your life?
What do you notice as you listen along today?
We listen together to the first half of Psalm 102 (verses 1-17), and as we listen, we become aware of the world around us, and the experiences of grief in our lives.
We are invited to keep on calling out to God, to keep on leaning in to relationship with God.
What are you aware of in your own experience as you listen?
How would you like to respond to God’s invitation?
What we notice through Listening Practices of the Psalms helps us to understand ourselves better, and helps us to become aware of how we live out what we believe to be true about God.
As we braid together the threads of the stories our lives and our lived faith with the words of Psalm 101, we hear the invitation to keep on creating space for truth telling and to be a blessing in the world.
What do you notice as you listen along?
We are listening to the voice of God and to what matters most to us as we join in a Listening Practice with Psalm 100.
Read. Listen. Dialogue. Repeat.
Would you believe what a difference this kind of practice can make to our everyday lives?
Today, as we explore Psalm 100, we notice the ways that God speaks to us today, and in the process, we acknowledge our emotions. Whatever we feel, the invitation is to notice where God is *WITH US* in the midst of all the things.
What do you hear as you listen today? How do you want to respond? Let us know in the comments.
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Pause with us for an opportunity to feed your soul! As we listen to Psalm 99 and share in conversation about what we notice, our relationship with God grows. This Psalm is full of references to the natural world. Do you hear an invitation to join in saying “thank you” to God for something today? Perhaps even in a new way?
What new thing are you being invited to in your relationship with God?
As we listen our way through the Psalms, we grow our relationship with God and with one another. Psalm 98 is a prayer-poem full of metaphor, music, and invitations.
What do you notice as you listen along?
Psalm 97 talks of God’s goodness and power while asking us to turn to God and do right so we can be blessed.
Is that what you hear? Is that what you experience? Sometimes the Psalms push us in directions we’re uncomfortable with.
Psalm 96 tells us to tell others of God’s goodness and love and to let the natural world speak out about God’s grace.
What do you hear as you listen to this happy Psalm? Is God saying to you what the Psalm is saying? Or is God speaking other words in the midst of your contemplation?
When we listen to Psalm 95, we might be reminded of songs we have heard. Or we might notice the contrast in emotions between the beginning of the Psalm and the end of it.
As we listen to the words of the Psalm and the whisper of the Divine through our thoughts and intuition, we can bring those things into conversation with another human so that we can discern what God might be saying to us.
What stands out to you today as you listen? How are you invited to be in relationship with the Divine today?
These conversations grow out of our desire to strengthen our listening muscles in the midst of the challenges of everyday life. If bite-sized practices for everyday faith are something that matters to you too, you can find more information at our website: livingfaithathome.ca
What does it mean for God to be engaged in the suffering of our everyday lives?
As we encounter the pain and suffering of our personal experiences, and of the world at large, we continue to grapple with trying to hear what God is saying to us. Psalm 94 is a conversation partner in the midst of these encounters and experiences.
What do you notice as you listen along? How are you invited to interact with the Divine and be engaged in the world?
Here is a new Faith at Home Listening Practice using Psalm 93.
The waves of our life circumstances sometimes seem to rise up higher and higher. Psalm 93 helps us to enter a space of remembering that the Creator can create a strong, sturdy foundation for us even when the waves buffet against us.
Let us know in the comments below what you notice? What stands out to you as an invitation from the Divine straight to you?
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This Listening Practice using Psalm 92 paints a picture of trees, strongly rooted, and bearing fruit even in their old age.
As we listen to the words of this Psalm, we are listening for the voice of the Divine, and for what matters most to us, today.
May we be rooted in a relationship with a God that grows power for the powerless, and a healthy, fresh future.
Do you feel safe and protected? Psalm 91 talks about safety and protection. What does that mean in the world you live in now? Psalm 91 says that God will save us.
What do you notice? What is God calling you to?
When we read the Psalms and listen meditatively we can begin to hear God speaking to us.
Join us as we listen to Psalm 90.
Psalm 89:38-52 wraps up our final Listening Practice from this Psalm of 52 verses. Do you ever feel like crying because you are afraid that God has forgotten you? Over the long haul, the practice of listening to the Psalms, and through Psalms to God, and to ourselves, helps us to become better at hearing what matters most to us. This lament helps us to bring our sadness, anger and frustration into the conversation.
There have been times when it felt like God was not listening when we were trying to be in conversation. And there have been times when it felt like we couldn’t hear anything from God even though we felt like we were trying with all our might. All long term, intimate relationships go through times where things are challenging.
We can carry our lament straight back into the relationship with God. There’s no extra fee for expressing our feelings, just a loving welcome, and a “thank you for telling me your truth.”