Questions for Reflection

“Because the needy are oppressed, and the poor cry out in misery, I will rise up,” says the Lord, “and give them the help they long for.”

The words of the Lord are pure words, like silver refined from ore and purified seven times in the fire. 

- Psalm 12:5-6 (from The Book of Common Prayer)


I have a few questions for your reflection, based on this portion of Psalm 12.

According to verse 5, the needy and the poor get our Lord’s attention, and He responds to their needs.  Which people in need are getting your attention today, and how are you choosing to respond?

Also, in what way are YOU needy right now? In what way are YOU poor? Are you crying out to the Lord, making your need known to Him? Or are you doing something else?

The implication of verse 6 is that we should be seeking the Lord’s “pure words.” They are qualitatively different from most of the other words that you and I hear. What practices of quiet… what practices of meditation or contemplative prayer… what practices related to the reading of Scripture… what practices are you developing around listening attentively and deeply to others who are faithful and wise… so that you can hear a transforming word from the Lord?