Psalm 146

Let me praise God
With every breath
As long as I live
Let me praise God all my life long
I want wisdom not more knowledge
I want sure help not false hope
I want healing not bandaids
All my knowledge, all my schemes
All my best efforts
Will die with me
My happiness, my help, my hope
Must be God
Immortal, almighty
Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer
Lady Wisdom
Faithful to me, She lifts my spirit
Loving me, She feeds my hope
God frees me
God’s light banishes my darkness
God’s steadfast love makes me whole
She comforts me, protects me
She, only She, destroys my enemies, those terrible Ds
Let God reign in my heart forever
My God for all my life long
Praise God! Amen.

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Psalm 146 – Take 2

Alleluia! Praise God, o my soul
I will praise the Almighty all my life
I will sing to my God as long as I live
I will put no trust in perishable power
In plans that go nowhere
In schemes that offer no salvation
But I will count myself blessed
To rely only on my God
The Almighty God of Jacob, Leah and Rachel
Great God
Creator of all
Heaven, earth and sea
My heart, soul, mind and body
Guardian always of my truth
Lifting me from my oppression
Feeding my hunger for righteousness
Unbinding my spirit
Lighting my darkness
Straightening my crooked thinking
With steadfast love
Nourishing my weak yearnings for peace
Supporting my poor efforts at peace
So that God reigns forever
In my heart, my soul, my mind, my life
Through troubles and despite my doubts
As long as I live, my God reigns. Amen.

Psalm 147

I will praise God – and feel good because it is right
God builds me up; God gathers in my wanderings
God heals my broken heart; God soothes my wounded spirit
The same God who created the universe
That great God almighty, powerful, all understanding
That God lifts up my downtrodden spirit
That God defeats my own wickedness
I hum, I vibrate with thanksgiving for God
God of growth, God of renewal, God of life
God of sustenance, God of soul food
God does not care if I am the best or greatest
God cares only for my hope in Her steadfast love
With God’s great cloud of witnesses, I praise Her
For Her help, for Her strengthening of my weakness
For Her borning of my hope
For Her peace and Her bounty
For Her Word throughout my life, though I wander
She is God even of my darkness, my doubt
Even of the cold times of frost in my soul
Time and again She melts my frost
Time and again She blows away my doubt
Time and again Her waters of mercy wash me
And so I come, time and again, to Her
To be one of Her people, to live as Hers
Praise God. Amen

Psalm 148

Praise God! Praise God with my best and highest
Praise God with all Her angels and great cloud of witnesses
Praise God in my light and in my dark, in all my shining possibility
Praise God in my best times, my brightest thoughts
Praise God who created me
Praise God who keeps me forever and ever, secure in Her embrace
Even in the depths and monsters of my depression
Even in the frosts and fury of my doubts
From my high points and my low alleys
With my best gifts and my worst faults
With my wildness and my work
When I am flying high and when I am barely creeping
When I think I am ruling my own life
Now that I am old, as when I was young
Through it all, let me praise God
God of glory, God of wisdom, God above all
May God hold me close, may God keep me faithful. Amen

Psalm 149

Praise God! Can I yet find a new song of praise
Here at the end of my psalm journey
To be glad of my Creator
To rejoice in my Sovereign Lady Wisdom
To sing and dance, even if only inside myself,
For the sheer joy of living with God
God who is pleased with me, all of me
God who gives me victory over pride
Let me continue to try to be faithful
Let me continue, at least occasionally, to sing for joy
Let me praise God and rely on God
Let God be my two-edged sword
To sever my ties to those terrible Ds
Let God be my savior
To imprison my discouragement and doubt
Let God be my light
To banish my shadows of depression and deceit
Praise God! Amen

Psalm 150

[On Easter 2018]

Praise God! Creator, Savior, Spirit
Father, Mother, Brother
Wisdom, Teacher, Helper
Praise God in me
Praise God in Her universe
Praise God who has done wonderful things for me
Praise God because of Her surpassing greatness
Praise God with my singing words
Praise God with my dancing life
Praise God with my soothing faith
Praise God with my clanging doubts
Praise God with all the clashing, crashing reality
Of me
Because God made me, God saved me, God helps me
So let all of me, with that great cloud of witnesses
Praise God! Amen