A few weeks ago one of the staff members challenged us to try our hand at composing a Psalm, after the manner of King David. “Fashion it in today’s English and today’s issues, but make it read like it was written 3,000 years ago.”
To give these Psalms a reference, I call them by the year in which they were written, followed by a sequential number. Thus my first one was Psalm 2014:1
I will praise you, o my Lord
Praise you for your infinite grace.
When my enemy surrounds me
I will lift my voice in praise.
I will praise you for comfort
Praise you for leading.
When my internet goes down
And my blood pressure goes up.
I will give you, O Lord,
The focus of my life.
When my car won’t start
Its battery dead,
Even then will I praise your name.
When my router crashes
And my hard drive won’t spin,
I will turn to you, O Lord,
For it is you who saves.
Though I walk in the shadow of the rainbow
I will fear no evil.
Your mercies are beyond understanding,
Your wisdom beyond belief.
I will turn to you for my answers,
To you for my comfort.
Yea, though I am on the brink of despair,
You lift me from the pit of my own understanding.
Under your wings, O Lord, I am protected.
Deliver me, O Lord, from the counsel of the ungodly.
Deliver me from me.
I will praise you all of my days.
May I live in the house of the Lord forever!
A Psalm of Don