This is a trouble and trust psalm. The Psalms often start by naming the trouble the psalmist and the people are in. They name enemies, disease, doubt, lies, fear, hunger, loneliness. These are all things we face. Then in the prayer there is a turn. The psalmists begins to trust. Yet much of what assaults us daily are simplistic feel good slogans few have tried much less really believe in. They leave us bereft. The truth is if we do not honestly bring our troubles to God there is no way we will find life. The trouble I name here is fake hope. And as we admit it, we will disarm it through trusting Jesus, the Way, Truth, Life.
Keeper of our lives:
Billions of bits and bytes flood our daily lives.
Our age is defined by mass, mis,
Information ad infinitum.
Grains of sand are easier to reconcile.
Innumerable sources inform us how to
Live and think and feel and even die.
God of truth:
Thought leaders from the ether
Advocate we live one slogan at a time.
Trust your gut.
Though it may be gas.
Live, laugh, love,
Grief is a pain in the ass.
Believe in yourself.
Just don’t look in the mirror
At the one who is hiding there in fear.
God of life:
These memes are not
Always completely untrue.
They simply don’t point to you.
We tire of these paid advertisements.
They leave us entertained but sill alone.
Turn our ears, eyes, hearts, and minds
To you, our true home.
You said, You are the way, the truth and the life.
Show us and our world the way to live in peace,
Reveal to us and our world the truth of your love and justice,
Birth in us, and our world, life that is generous and full of faith.
Bring the fatherless to the Father,
Motherless to your breast,
Homeless to your home,
Friendless to your heart,
Justice to the oppressed,
And to the hopeless heaven here and now.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer
More psalms and essays: Sunday Psalm: Answering the Voice of the Good Shepherd, One Way God Comforts Us When We Are OverPowered by Extreme Fear, Sunday Psalm: A Prayer to Be Transformed to Think and Act like Christ