A psalm of David
- I experience great happiness and relief when the Lord excuses my wilful desire to do things my own way, and when he / she overlooks the failures that follow.
- There is real pleasure in knowing that the Lord does not keep a track of my lapses – I can be open with him / her and not feel criticised.
- When I tried to ignore the hurt I caused you, it was me that suffered – I was distracted and on edge. I couldn’t eat and I couldn’t sleep.
- Not an hour went by when I did not feel that I had let you down. I lost my focus and my ability to get things done.
- Finally, I realised that this could not go on. I could not go on pretending that I was in the right – “I need to get it off my chest”, I said. So, I was open with you, Lord, about my wilfulness, my lapses and my failures. And you did what you always do, you let it go. It’s as though it never happened.
- If you love the Lord and are one of his / her followers, do not waste a moment. Get on and be honest with him / her. Don’t let your self-criticism drag you down.
- You, Lord, are my oasis; you draw me out of the wilderness which I make for myself. You welcome me back into your presence with a great celebration.
- “I will steer you along the best route for your life. I will give you clear direction and guide you round the roadblocks.
- I have not made you like a machine which does exactly what it is told – use the common sense and mind which I have given you.”
- Those who do their own thing will sink into a despair of their own making, but those who put their hope in the Lord will experience his / her inexhaustible love.
- You who chose to follow his / her directions, enjoy working with the Lord, and be delighted in his / her company. Let out cheers of joy, all you who fix your hearts on pleasing him / her.
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