Psalm 51 (The Message)

>> Friday, April 11, 2008

Generous in love--God, give grace!
Huge in mercy--wipe out my bad record.
Scrub away my guilt,
Soak out my sins in your laundry.
I know how bad I've been;
my sins are staring me down.

You're the One I've violated, and you've seen
it all, seen the full extent of my evil.
You have all the facts before you;
whatever you decide about me is fair.
I've been out of step with you for a long time,
in the wrong since before I was born.
What you're after is truth from the inside out.
Enter me, then; conceive a new, true life.

Soak me in your laundry and I'll come out clean,
scrub me and I'll have a snow-white life.
Tune me in to foot-tapping songs,
set these once-broken bones to dancing.
Don't look too close for blemishes,
give me a clean bill of health.
God, make a fresh start in me,
shape a Genesis week from the chaos of my life.
Don't throw me out with the trash,
or fail to breathe holiness in me.
Bring me back from gray exile,
put a fresh wind in my sails!
Give me a job teaching rebels your ways
so the lost can find their way home.
Commute my death sentence, God my salvation God,
and I'll sing anthems to your life-giving ways.
Unbutton my lips, dear God;
I'll let loose with your praise...

I noticed all these verbs that describes that God does for us. Thought it was very interesting. They make a cool prayer all on their own:

"Wipe me, Lord. Scrub me, soak me.
Tune me, set my channel on You, set me on solid ground.
Give me what I need to make it through my days.
Make me what You want me to be.
Shape me into something beautiful.
Breathe into me new life.
And unbutton my lips so I can adequately praise You!"

Thank You, Lord!

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