This week I will give you three translations of the same verse, from Psalm 119. It speaks of how famished our souls are for God’s nourishing. May you feel this longing during this busy and stressful time. Stop occasionally to be cared for by God. Then become a silent benediction of blessing to others, especially when they rush past you or cut you off or forget about you or do an unkind thing.

Psalm 119:20

My soul is starved and hungry, ravenous–insatiable for your nourishing commands.  (The Message)

My soul is consumed with an intense longing to be blessed and sustained by you,  O Divine Lover.  (Nan Merrill translation)

My soul is consumed with longing for thy ordinances at all times. (NRSV)

Silent benediction: May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious unto you. May he lift up his countenance upon you and give you his peace. In the name of the Father (Mother) and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.


Reflections on this verse

What is your soul ravenous for?

What does “nourishing commands” mean to you?

What part of God’s nurturing is hardest for you to accept?

How would the holidays be different if you absorbed this benediction for yourself?

Who in your life needs your silent benediction?