Preserve me, God, I take refuge in you.
O Lord, it is you who are my portion and cup;
it is you yourself who are my prize.
I keep the Lord ever in my sight:
since he is at my right hand, I shall stand firm.
And so my heart rejoices, my soul is glad;
even my body shall rest in safety.
For you will not leave my soul among the dead,
nor let your beloved know decay.
You will show me the path of life,
the fullness of joy in your presence,
at your right hand happiness for ever.
Psalm for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
There are so many times when we know fear.
Sometimes the cause lies within us, and there are no threats or dangers without us.Sometimes there are very real threats and dangers without.
Either way the fear is real and often debilitating.
The Lord is our refuge and shield, our protection. He is also our portion and cup: he gives himself to strengthen us to withstand whatever is the cause of our fear.
Praying the psalm, singing it, saying it, reminds us of the care God takes of us, and helps us renew our trust in him.