Lenten Meditation Day 7
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children forever.
At that time there was a violent earthquake (Revelation 11:15).
my rock, my fortress, my savior.
My God is the rock where I take refuge;
my shield, my mighty help, my stronghold.
when I call I am saved from my foes.
The waves of death rose about me;
the torrents of destruction assailed me;
the snares of the grave entangled me;
the traps of death confronted me.
I cried to my God for help.
From his temple he heard my voice;
my cry came to his ears”.
the mountains were shaken to their base:
they reeled at his terrible anger.
Smoke came forth from his nostrils
and scorching fire from his mouth:
coals were set ablaze by its heat.
a black cloud under his feet.
He came enthroned on the cherubim,
he flew on the wings of the wind.
the dark waters of the clouds, his tent.
A brightness shone out before him
with hailstones and flashes of fire.
the Most High let his voice be heard.
He shot his arrows, scattered the foe,
flashed his lightnings and put them to flight.
the foundations of the world were laid bare
at the thunder of your threat, O Lord,
at the blast of the breath of your anger.
he drew me forth from the mighty waters.
He snatched me from my powerful foe,
from my enemies whose strength I could not match.
but the Lord was my support.
He brought me forth into freedom,
he saved me because he loved me.
repaid me, for my hands were clean,
for I have kept the way of the Lord
and have not fallen away from my God.
I have never neglected his commands.
I have always been upright before him;
I have kept myself from guilt.
and my hands were clean in his eyes.
You are loving with those who love you:
you show yourself perfect with the perfect.
but the cunning you outdo in cunning.
For you save a humble people
but humble the eyes that are proud.
my God who lightens my darkness.
With you I can break through any barrier,
with my God I can scale any wall.
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