We don’t just love the Lord out of instinct. Instead, according to the psalmist, our love for God is justified because God is the one who hears our voice and our pleas. Most intimately of all, God is the one who “bends down to listen.” God answers our prayers and angles down from the divine throne to hear all our problems and petitions. This psalm provides us with an image of a God who is always present, always before us.
—Gabby Cudjoe-Wilkes and Andrew Wilkes, Psalms for Black Lives: Reflections for the Work of Liberation (Upper Room Books, 2022)
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I love the Lord because he hears my voice
and my prayer for mercy.
Because he bends down to listen,
I will pray as long as I have breath!
—Psalm 116:1-2 (NLT)
Prayer for the Week
Gracious God of Liberation, free us from our enemies. And when we are the enemies, transform us from oppressing others into removing the yoke from their necks and practicing freedom. In Christ’s name, Amen. —Prayer from Psalms for Black Lives by Gabby Cudjoe-Wilkes and Andrew Wilkes
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