The Daily Office: Day 76- Psalm for a Pandemic

Lectio Divina


Scripture: 

Psalm 91

1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say[a] to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.

A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only look with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked.

Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place— the Most High, who is my refuge[b]— 10 no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent.

Reading/Actions/Prayer:

Psalm 91 was written during a time of pandemic and threat of war, and therefore, it is quite relevant for us today.  Practicing lectio divina might help us navigate our way during our own time of crisis.  This Psalm will be our focus on our Zoom call today at 11 AM. 

The Process of Lectio Divina:

1. Prepare yourself by quieting yourself to listen to God’s Word.  (2 minutes of silence)

  1. Listen to the Word of God.

  1. As the passage is read twice, listen for the word or phrase that strikes you. 

During the silence, repeat that phrase softly, or silently to yourself.

B. When invited, say aloud to the group this word or phrase without comment or

elaboration.                       

  1. Ask, “How is my life touched by this word?”

  1. The passage is read again.  This is followed by personal meditation on how this word or phrase connects with your life.

  2. When invited, state in one or two sentences the connection between the phrase and your life.


  1. Ask, “Is there an invitation for me to respond to?”

  1. After the passage is read a third time, ponder whether you are being

encouraged to do something in response

B.  Share this response briefly with the others

  1. Pray for one another to be able to respond to God’s word

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