Friday, March 20, 2015

Psalm 27

So, the level of angst that the psalmist must have has to be off the charts.  I mean psalm after psalm he or she articulates more angst then a suburban teenager.  At this point in this lenten journey I'm starting to wonder if I have been stuck in the lyrics of a 1990's Fiona Apple album.  Nonetheless, I like the chant I wrote for Psalm 27.  I can't claim that it's all that creative.  It simply sounds like a nice progression.

1The LORD is my light and my salvation;
whom then shall I fear? *
    the L
ORD is the strength of my life;
    of whom then shall I be afraid?
2When evildoers came upon me to eat up my flesh, *
    it was they, my foes and my adversaries, who
                              stumbled and fell.
3Though an army should encamp against me, *
    yet my heart shall not be afraid;
4And though war should rise up against me, *
    yet will I put my trust in him.
5One thing have I asked of the LORD;
one thing I seek; *
    that I may dwell in the house of the L
ORD all the days
                              of my life;
6To behold the fair beauty of the LORD *
    and to seek him in his temple.
7For in the day of trouble he shall keep me safe
                               in his shelter; *
    he shall hide me in the secrecy of his dwelling
    and set me high upon a rock.
8Even now he lifts up my head *
    above my enemies round about me.
9Therefore I will offer in his dwelling an oblation
with sounds of great gladness; *
    I will sing and make music to the L
10Hearken to my voice, O LORD, when I call; *
    have mercy on me and answer me.
11You speak in my heart and say, "Seek my face." *
    Your face, L
ORD, will I seek.
12Hide not your face from me, *
    nor turn away your servant in displeasure.
13You have been my helper;
cast me not away; *
    do not forsake me, O God of my salvation.
14Though my father and my mother forsake me, *
    the L
ORD will sustain me.
15Show me your way, O LORD; *
    lead me on a level path, because of my enemies.
16Deliver me not into the hand of my adversaries, *
    for false witnesses have risen up against me,
    and also those who speak malice.
17What if I had not believed
that I should see the goodness of the L
    in the land of the living!
18O tarry and await the LORD'S pleasure;
be strong, and he shall comfort your heart; *
    wait patiently for the L

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