Monday, July 03, 2006

Psalm 56 Inner Voices

Have mercy on me, O God,
   I am hounded by inner voices—
Anger, shame, anxiety, disappointment, untoward pride.
  All day long, they assault and oppress me.

When they scatter me, I will put my trust in you.
   Your Oneness brings me back to oneness.
In God I trust and will not be afraid,
   for what can mere voices do to me?

All day long, they work against me.
They band together and lie in wait.
“My people”, some call them.
   I am persecuted by my people.

You have noted my misery,
put my tears in your bottle.
   Are they not recorded in your book?
Whenever I call on you, you will scatter “my people”.
   Bring me to centeredness in myself and in You
I am bound by the vow I made to You, O God,
   I am grateful and will live my life in gratitude.
For you have rescued my soul from dissipation
  and my feet from stumbling.
Thank you.

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