Psalm 42 reimagined

A Psalm written by Korah’s family and given to the Choir Director.

  1. Like the runner sucks breath in to burning lungs, so my being gasps for your infilling, Creator God.  
  2. I ache for your presence, my Creator, my God.  When can I be with you?
  3. Day and night my only relief comes from sobbing, while my detractors denounce me with their challenges “Where is this Creator God of yours?”
  1. My broken heart remembers how I used to love joining the crowds as they worshipped while marching to the house of the Creator.  I was in the middle leading the praise with joy and thanks.  
  1. Why is my soul drained and my heart distraught?  My hope is in my Creator knowing that I will praise him / her again when he / she rescues me.
  1. I feel distant from the deep flowing river of your presence, my Creator.  It seems like I am stranded in the mountains where the flow is the merest trickle.  
  2. Yet your crashing waves come thundering over me – brutal and fearful.
  3. But your faithful love pours over me each day, Lord – during every waking moment and every hour of my sleepless nights.  I will sing the songs your Spirit teaches me and offer the prayers you breathe into me.
  1. My God, you are my solid ground.  Why have you forgotten me?  Why do you let me wander dazed and in grief with my ears ringing with the taunts of my enemies?
  2. Their teasing drains the life from me as they challenge me saying “Where is your Creator?”
  1. Why is my soul drained and my heart distraught?  My hope is in my Creator knowing that I will praise him / her again when he / she rescues me.  

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