This is my attempt at putting the Book of Psalms into my own words. I am not striving for an improved translation or interpretation. This is not The Message by Dave. This is words that mean to me what I am reading. I try not to change wording for the sake of changing, but rather to write down words that I feel the Bible is speaking to me. I hope that you might find some value to this; if so please let me know.

It is my goal to post each Monday. Doing the math, this will take a few years. Stick around and let's see where it goes.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Psalm 17

1 Hear me, O LORD, I pray my needs are sufficient for your attention; I cry out to You. Please hear my prayer—I will do my best to make sure what I say is the truth.

Let my path be selected by You for Your eyes see what is best for me.3 Though you know the contents of my heart, though You always see right through me, I hope You will agree that I have not done evil intentionally; and that I have not told unnecessary lies. 4 Even though people tried to bribe me, I have kept myself true to the course You have set, and obedient to the words You have commanded. 5 I continue to do my best to walk in Your way; even in my stumbling I hold to Your path. 6 Again I cry out to You, my God, for You will answer me; please listen to me and hear this prayer.

7 I long for the wonders of Your love, You who with Your mighty hand save anyone who takes refuge in You. 8 Keep me as the apple of Your eye; keep me in the shadow of Your outspread wings 9 so as to hide me from the those who stand against me, from the enemies who prevent me from doing Your great work.

10 They close up their hardened hearts and withered minds, and their words show that they think their ways are better than Yours. 11 They hound me, and now surround me, with evil eyes alert, to throw me to the ground. 12 I am like a little lamb to their hungry lion. Without You I will be hunted down and killed.

13 Defend me O LORD, stand between me and them, stop them even as the mighty hunter stops the wild lion. 14 By Your hand save the lamb from the lion, LORD, for they see only this life as a reward unto itself, they do not know of Your bigger picture. Give them what You feel you must to stop them. Whatever that is, fill them up completely, and save some for any others who still stand in Your way.

15 When this is done, those looking on will see that I still walk in Your ways, and still seek Your face; when I awake, I will be delighted to see Your glory.

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