Psalm 17

Hear, O God, my desperate plea
Listen to my crying
Pay attention to my prayer (please)
I do my best to be truthful with You
So that my life may flow from You
Relecting Your goodness
I want to live so that when You probe my mind and heart
You will find Them bright with Your own light
When I speak, my words will be kind and true
But You know me
I do try, but I often fail
I try to walk in Your grace and light
But still I stumble into darkness
Letting all of the unhelpful negatives block my walk with You
So I call on You, O God, trusting that You will answer me
I ask again
Listen to my crying
Pay attention to my prayer (please)
Show me the wonder of Your great love
Lift me up
Turn me to Your bright face
Keep me as the apple of your eye
Let me hide, not in the shadows of my own making
But in the shadow of Your bright wings
Let me hide in Your shadow
From the dark feelings that trouble me
From the thoughts that kill my joy
Keep my heart soft
Let me live in Your humility
Not in my own arrogant pride
I am so afraid—afraid of my own worst tendencies
My darkness, my arrogance, my despair, my envy
I try to walk with You
But they track me down, surround me
Trip me up, throw me down
They will devour my happiness, my abilities, my peace
Rise up in my mind and heart, O God
Rise up in my life
Let Your peace and goodness rise up
And bring down my darkness and troubles
Cut through my doubts and daydreams
O God, save me from living a life in darkness
Save me from focusing only on this world
In You I can find what I seek, what I need
In You my hungering soul can be filled
In You my poor struggling heart can find a wealth of peace
And I will see Your face reflected in all this world
I will say, always, “God is here”
And I will awake with hope, not dread.  Amen

One thought on “Psalm 17

  1. 9 pm Saturday. Ommmm. The Lion of Judah. Doubts and daydreams, you write, be done. I do love. The modesty and terrible great imagery of the original. Mine is marked up from another read of it, at and earlier era of life? You put up a pure mirror to the love and cherishing righteous wishes that are in the original. How we all yearn! Yes. Adrienne – they have received their reward. But how am I better?


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