Sunday, January 19, 2014

Contemporary Psalms


Arise, O LORD, do not let man prevail. Let the nations be judged in Your sight. Put them in fear, O LORD, that the nations may know themselves to be but men.
Psalm 9:19-20

It grieves my heart to see so many beloveds whose hearts have grown cold, whose ears are hard of hearing, who eyes do not sparkle though they be wide open. Only You can pierce through the clouds deception surrounds them like a cloak; only You can remove this cruel power, this arrogant principality whose name is Life of the Mind. Until You lift the veils, how can they discern? How can they seek? How can they find? Only You can impart the senses that will lead them to find You and receive You in their hearts. O God, have mercy on them as You did on me! 

I know You do not forget the cries of the humble. I know that a large part of my purpose is to stand in the gap, declaring Your deeds and telling of all Your praises, rejoicing in Your salvation even of those who have been snared by the work of their own hands. 

I declare that You will arise, O LORD, for You desire that none should perish but have eternal Life. You hear the cries of the humble, and Your answer in heaven is YES and AMEN. Therefore I know that hearts which have grown dull will soften and feel and open, and You shall enter in, and help rebirth them by Your Holy Spirit. Then will they know themselves to be but men and come into Your fields to blossom fruit of Your Spirit, wise in You and not their own wits. Shame shall no longer be their legacy, the legacy of fools. Instead, they will know themselves to be but men, and You, their God Most High. Thank You, O Holy Triune God, who reigns over all -- the seen and the unseen. Thank You, O God Most High.

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