Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Psalm 63 ~ Yahweh is Life and Joy

A personal confession from the Psalms.

Yahweh is Life and Joy ~ from Psalm 63

Yahweh is my God.
I go to Him every morning,
About everything.
All that is in me cries out for Him;
My heart, my mind, my soul, my strength,
Even my body hungers for Him.
Without Yahweh, life is a wasteland.

I look for Yahweh in His sanctuary,
In His dwelling place
Among His people,
And in my heart.
I contemplate His power and His glory.
His covenant love is better than life;
I would rather die than to live without it.

I will bless Yahweh as long as I live
And lift up my hands in praise to His name.
I am fully satisfied in Him ~ life is a feast!
I sing praises to Him with hoots and hollers.*
What joy I have!

I ponder Him as I lay upon my bed,
I think on Him in the middle of the night,
Because He always helps me.
I howl for joy, secure in Him.
I cling to Him with all that is in me,
Because He holds me up
With His powerful hand.

* The Hebrew words translated as “joy” and “rejoice” in our English versions are often very vivid, so in my psalm confessions I try to bring out the nature of these words.

Personal Confessions from the Psalms
Personal Confessions from the Psalms
Prayers and Affirmations for a Life of Faith, Happiness and Awe in God
by Jeff Doles

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