Psalms

Thursday is Verse Day @FaithUnlocked – Psalm 38:13-22

I am like the deaf, who cannot hear,
    like the mute, who cannot speak;
I have become like one who does not hear,
    whose mouth can offer no reply.
Lord, I wait for you;
    you will answer, Lord my God.
For I said, “Do not let them gloat
    or exalt themselves over me when my feet slip.”
For I am about to fall,
    and my pain is ever with me.
I confess my iniquity;
    I am troubled by my sin.
Many have become my enemies without cause;
    those who hate me without reason are numerous.
Those who repay my good with evil
    lodge accusations against me,
    though I seek only to do what is good.
Lord, do not forsake me;
    do not be far from me, my God.
Come quickly to help me,
    my Lord and my Saviour.

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Worthy of Praise #NaPoWriMo2017 #GloPoWriMo2017

Calling to the Lord, most worthy of praise
He gave me a new song, a hymn of praise

Praise the Lord, my soul, enthroned Holy One
To your holy name be eternal praise

All my inmost being, will sing and rejoice
Unseal my lips, Lord, to declare your praise

All praise the Lord, you his faithful people
Great is the Lord, and most worthy of praise,

Shout for joy to the Lord, shout all the earth
Rejoice and sing to him a psalm of praise

Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous people
In glory of his name, make raucous praise

He holds keys to your hearts, by faith unlocked
Let all generations proclaim his praise

The NaPoWriMo.net official prompt for Day 13 of Na/GloPoWriMo2017 is to write a ghazal. The form was originally developed in Arabic and Persian poetry, but has become increasingly used in English, after being popularized by poets including Agha Shahid Ali. A ghazal is formed of couplets, each of which is its own complete statement. Both lined of the first couplet end with the same phrae or end-word, and that end-word is also repeated at the end of each couplet. If you’re really feeling inspired, you can also attempt to incorporate internal rhymes and a reference to your own name in the final couplet.
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Your Promise Preserves #NaPoWriMo2017 #GloPoWriMo2017

Do not let me stray
From the steadfast way,
May the path of purity
Steer all my steps,
Let me always accord with
The law of my loving Lord;

Before, I was afflicted –
Arrogant, and accursed;
As a lost sheep, went astray,
I applied my own way –
Your Word admonished me,
Now I adhere to your words;

I rejoices in your riches,
I delight in your decrees,
Your promise preserves my life;
As I persevere to serve,
Let me not be put to shame,
Help me to glorify your name.

Day 12 of the Na/GloPoWriMo2017 challenge, and today’s prompt from NaPoWriMo.net is to write a poem that explicitly incorporates alliteration (the use of repeated consonant sounds) and assonance (the use of repeated vowel sounds).

This poem was inspired by the lines of Psalm 119, which employs a lot of alliteration in its original Hebrew text.

A Steadfast Spirit

Create in me a pure heart
Renew a steadfast spirit;
Make me tenacious
In pursuit if Your purpose –
Humble is serving Your aims

written in tanka form as a prayer in response to today’s prompt at The Daily Post, inspired in part by Psalm 51:10

Through the Wilderness #NaPoWriMo2017 #GloPoWriMo2017

Through darkest valleys
Panting jackals
Marauding lions
Righteous paths
Lead me into
Green pastures
Within the wilderness
Quiet waters
Amid the parched land
A refuge for flocks
A stronghold
For the shepherd

The NaPoWriMo.net official prompt for Day 5 to write a poem that is based in the natural world: it could be about a particular plant, animal, or a particular landscape. But it should be about a slice of the natural world that you have personally experienced and optimally, one that you have experienced often. Try to incorporate specific details while also stating why you find the chosen place or plant/animal meaningful.

This contribution to Na/GloPoWriMo is based on images from the Psalms reflecting personal experience of the spiritual wilderness, and the certain hope of finding a way through.

Thursday is Verse Day @FaithUnlocked – Psalm 109:1-5

My God, whom I praise,
do not remain silent,
for people who are wicked and deceitful
have opened their mouths against me;
they have spoken against me with lying tongues.
With words of hatred they surround me;
they attack me without cause.
In return for my friendship they accuse me,
but I am a man of prayer.
They repay me evil for good,
and hatred for my friendship.

May the Nations be Glad

Lord be gracious and bless your people;
Make your face shine on us,
May all the peoples praise you.
May the nations be glad,
With cause to sing for joy;
May your ways may be known across the earth,
Your salvation among all nations.

A quadrille (44 words) based upon Psalm 67

Thursday is Verse Day @FaithUnlocked – Psalm 15

A psalm of David.

Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent?
    Who may live on your holy mountain?

The one whose way of life is blameless,
    who does what is righteous,
    who speaks the truth from their heart;
whose tongue utters no slander,
    who does no wrong to a neighbour,
    and casts no slur on others;who despises a vile person
    but honours those who fear the Lord;
who keeps an oath even when it hurts,
    and does not change their mind;
who lends money to the poor without interest;
    who does not accept a bribe against the innocent.
Whoever does these things
    will never be shaken.

Ascend the Mountain

Ascend the mountain,
Those of clean hands and pure hearts;
Reach His Holy place,
Receive blessing from the Lord:
The Saviour’s vindication

written in response to today’s prompt – “clean” – at the Daily Post, and inspired by Psalm 24:3-5Psalm 24:3-5

The Master’s Voice

His voice called all into being
Thundering over the waters;
Powerful; and majestic,
It breaks cedars, twists oak;
It strikes with flashes of lightning.
His voice shakes the desert;
And in his temple all cry, “Glory!”

based upon Psalm 29