Psalm 138

I give You thanks, O God, with my whole heart
Before all the demands of my life
I pause to sing Your praise
May that be true even when I feel too busy
Let me be grateful for my times and places of worship
Let me thank You for your steadfast love
For Your faithfulness
Let me remember
That Your name and Your Word are exalted
Above everything in my life
When I call on You, when I come crying to You
You answer me
You increase the strength, the peace of my soul
Through all the demands of my life
Let me praise you, O God
Let me pause to hear Your words for me
Let me sing – to myself – of Your mercy
Of Your great glory
For though You are Sovereign, almighty God
You help me, time and again
Only when I trust to my own goodness
Only when I become proud of my own knowledge
Do You seem far from me
Until I remember, again
That though I walk in the midst of trouble
You protect me and preserve my spirit
You deliver me from my troubles
You will fulfill Your purpose for me
Because Your steadfast love endures forever
Still, I cannot stop myself from pleading with You
Remember me, remember You created me
Remember me, remember You saved me
Do not forsake me. Amen

Psalm 139
O God, You know me, my work and my play
You know my best and worst, most secret and most public
You know all my ways
You know my thoughts before I speak them, even to myself
You are here, with me, through my whole life
I don’t understand it, I don’t even always believe it
But there it is
I can’t hide from You
Whether I am elated or depressed
Whether I am confident or dismayed
Whether I am filled with faith or filled with doubt
Even when I decide You don’t exist
You lead me, You love me, You hold me fast
Even when I am sure my life will be darkness forever
Even then, I am not darkness to You
I am still bright with Your love and faithfulness
It is just that I close my eyes to You
And then think that only darkness exists
But You have been with me from my very beginning
Because of You “I am fearfully and wonderfully made”
Because You are good and I am made in Your image
I cannot make sense of eternity
I cannot understand how You know my future
And yet I have free will
I could drive myself crazy trying to figure that one out
And in the end, I come back to the wonderful mystery of You
O that You would take care of my troubles once and for all, God
You redeemed me, You saved me, once and for all
Yet still I struggle, still I try – and fail – to be good, to do good
Go ahead, God, and search me
Root out all the parts of me cause me pain, that disappoint You
Lead me in Your truth and love, in Your everlasting way. Amen


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