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October 10, 2020 Daily Devotional

Psalm 129 is one of the Psalms of Ascent, likely recited on pilgrimages to Jerusalem. So I invite you to read it alongside this Pilgrim's Prayer by Thomas Merton:

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.

I do not see the road ahead of me.

I cannot know for certain where it will end.

Nor do I really know myself,

and the fact that I think that I am following your will

does not mean that I am actually doing so.

But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.

And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.

I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.

And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it.

Therefore will I trust you always, though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.

I will not fear,

for you are ever with me,

and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.


When was a time when you had trouble seeing the road ahead of you?

Psalm 129

1 “Often have they attacked me from my youth” —let Israel now say—

2 “often have they attacked me from my youth, yet they have not prevailed against me.

3 The plowers plowed on my back; they made their furrows long.”

4 The Lord is righteous; he has cut the cords of the wicked.

5 May all who hate Zion be put to shame and turned backward.

6 Let them be like the grass on the housetops that withers before it grows up,

7 with which reapers do not fill their hands or binders of sheaves their arms,

8 while those who pass by do not say, “The blessing of the Lord be upon you! We bless you in the name of the Lord!”

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