I need you to listen

It’s a beautiful day. But, I’m not feeling it. Don’t know if this ever happens to you, but this morning I am just a wee bit down. Feeling like I’m just not the person God hopes I can be. Deflated.


So, what I do when I get into this mode / mood is turn to the psalms. And, one of my favorite interpretations of the psalms, “Prayers Before an Awesome God – The Palms for Teenagers” by David Haas.

Psalm 5

I feel awful,
and I need you to listen
and to help me.

Every morning I will call on you,
and I will pay attention
to what you say to me.
Throughout the day
I will wait,
hoping that you will hear me.

I know that you hate evil, God,
so please,
keep it far away from me.
I know you reject the snobs,
liars, cheats, and bullies.
You despise those who choose violence.

But you are full of mercy
and forgiveness,
and because of this,
you let me be near you.
I can hardly believe it!

Keep me on the right road,
far away from those who wish to hurt me.
For you know they are guilty;
you catch them in the act
when they disobey your laws.

But when we trust you,
you give us reason to celebrate,
to have a party,
and to feel your protection –
safe always
and so we praise you, God.

For you are always near
to those who follow your way,
and you shower us with good things.

God, thank you being present in our highs and our lows. May we find your loving, creating presence near us, with us, in us and around us this day. Amen.

1 comment (Add your own)

1. Kim wrote:
What a cool way to read the psalms. I might have to get one of these for the kids....(or just for me!)

Tue, May 19, 2009 @ 8:53 PM

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