Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous. Praise befits the upright. Praise the Lord with the lyre; make melody to him with the harp of ten strings. Sing to him a new song; play skilfully on the strings, with loud shouts.
The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; he frustrates the plans of the peoples. The counsel of the Lord stands for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations. Happy is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage. Truly the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love, to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.
Today is Wednesday, the 10 July in the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time.
Imogen Faux sings You Are My Hiding Place a setting of Psalm 32, from The Psalms Project. You are my hiding place, from trouble you will protect me... As you enter into prayer today can you take some comfort from this setting of today’s Psalm? That God will protect you and guide you, in Him you can trust and are safe.
Today’s reading is from Psalm 33.
Today we have a joyous psalm full of thanks for the good things we are given by our creator. There is something joyful about the psalm, it’s no dirge. Rather it’s bright singing with skillful music and loud shouts! Can you remember a time when you have felt this? Let that memory be with you now.
There is a contrast between the unhappy people who trust in the 'counsels of nations' and the happy people who trust in the counsel of the Lord. Think for a moment about what that phrase might mean in our world today.
As you listen again to the psalm. Hear particularly the way the councils of God are described: truth, love, generosity, openness of heart, and trust in God.
In the last moments of this reflection, think about how you might bring truth, love, generosity, openness of heart, and trust in God to the world you live in today.