May 20, 2021
Today, in God’s Lavish Mercy, we pray with Psalm 16, one of my very favorite psalms.
I like to pray with this transliteration by Steven Mitchell – A Book of Psalms
I feel you with me at every moment.
You are my food, my drink,
my sunlight, and the air I breathe.
You are the ground I have built on
and the beauty that rejoices my heart.
I give thanks to you at all times
for lifting me from my confusion,
for teaching me in the dark
and showing me the path of life.
I have come to the center of the universe;
I rest in your perfect love.
In your presence there is fullness of joy
and blessedness forever and ever.
The psalmist’s prayer is so beautiful that I will just leave it without my interpretations today. Instead, here are a few settings – poetry and music – to lift this gem of a psalm before your prayer.
Poetry: Two of my poems, both written when I was very young in my spiritual journey.
the hedge’s morning side
But I choose
the western side.
There, midnight’s purple leaves
awake in lazy grey,
of green and silver.
There, the awesome
grace of living
rises slowly in the heart,
a liquor savored,
a prayer lingering
in genuflected silence.
It happened in that distant winter, deep
in pristine mornings like Venetian glass.
Everyday I’d turn to face You
as frozen orange sun
slid up a whitening sky.
Every day, You would be silent,
until finally You folded me
in silence, like a nestling child
comes quiet in the rhythm
of its mother’s breath.
Even now, on such a morning
I remember how it was
when first I came to love You
from the inside, out
– the way the leaves love green.
Music: Two pieces today:
1-The Fullness of Joy – Shane and Shane