Daily Lectio: Monday Morning, May 18

Again, this rich language of “taking refuge” in God.  Marvelous dialogue between Christian practice and Buddhist practice, looking at how we understand our life of faith.  We are well beyond “mere” rational understanding when we ask the question posed in Psalm 15 (NRSV):  “O Lord, who may abide in your tent?  Who may dwell on your holy hill?”

This image of “dwelling with God” of “dwelling IN God.”  We come to see where we rest…where we are anchored…where the current of our life begins.  And, maybe some of this anxiety around grasping…maybe some of this slips away.

Psalm 16 is wonderful

“Protect me, O God, for in you I

take refuge.

I say to the Lord, “You are my


I have no good apart from


And, we see in Nan Merrill’s translation these wonderful themes:

“Remain ever before me,

O Living Presence,

for in You I am safe.

You are my Beloved; in You

I can do all things.”

And, looking this morning at this wonderful translation/interpretation of the Psalms from Norman Fischer, called Opening to You:  Zen-Inspired translations of the Psalms, there is a wonderful dialogue here for Psalm 16

“Protect me from fear

For I place my trust only in you

My soul has said, “You are my guardian

Sole foundation of my happiness

And I will find my delight

In all that is yours on earth.”


Sole foundation….resting in God’s tent….dwelling in God…Taking refuge…..


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