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Psalm 93, altered


Psalm 93, alteredOctober 19, 2001

The Lord is in control.      He is clothed in the garments of majesty.      He is armed and is strong. The world is solidly founded      And will not budge.

O Lord,       your throne was established       ages ago, for you come       from eternity.

The seas roar, O Lord, the seas      Are raising their voice.      The seas have risen with       Pounding waves.

But even greater than the thundering seas      More powerful than the waves of the sea      Is the Lord on high in might.

Your ways and desires       Are established, O Lord       Your house is adorned in purity      For days into eternity.

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Psalm 92, altered


Psalm 92, alteredOctober 17, 2001

It is a good thing      To give praise to the Lord      To make music to your Name, O Most High God!      To proclaim your love in the morning      To proclaim your faithfulness at night to the music of the strings. For You bring gladness by what you do.

O Lord, I sing with joy at the work of your hands! Your works are great, O Lord! Your thoughts, profound!

Those who are senseless don’t know you      And the foolish cannot understand you. Though evil comes out of nowhere and seems to flourish      Evil will forever be destroyed.

But you, O Lord, you are exalted forever! And those who love you – the righteous –       They, too, will flourish!      They will flourish like a palm      They will grow like a mighty cedar, planted in the house of the Lord.      They will bear good fruit even in old age.      They will stay fresh, and green.           And they will proclaim           “The Lord is sturdy and straight!           He is as solid as a rock!           There is no darkness in him!”

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Psalm 91, altered


Psalm 91, alteredOctober 16, 2001

If you dwell in the shelter of the Most High You will rest beneath the Shadow of the Almighty.

Say to the Lord,      “You are my place of refuge      and my fortress of strength,      my God – I will trust in you!”

Without a doubt he will save you from traps And from deadly attacks on your health (spiritual, emotional, and physical). He will cover you with protection like a mother bird with her feathers. Under his wings you will find safety. His devotion to you will be your pillar.

You won’t need to fear the terrors of the darkness Or the destruction that surprises in the day. Others may fall, but you will be safe. You will see it, but it will not touch you And the wicked will fall and perish.

If you dwell in the shelter of the Most High, the Lord, who is my refuge, then harm will not find you, The place in which you dwell will be spared.

For he will send his angels for you to watch over you in all you do. They will cradle you in their arms, so that not even your feet are harmed. You will trample the things that threaten to harm you.

The Lord says,      “Because you love me,      I will protect you,      Because you call out my name.      If you cry out to me, I will answer.      I will be with you when life is difficult.      I will bring you through the deep waters.      I will bring you to a place of honor.      I will bring you a life of satisfaction.      I will show you my ability to save you.”

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Psalm 94


As a way of praying slowly the prayers and poems to God recorded in the Psalms, as a way of ingesting and personalizing them, as a way of rewording them in a language that causes my own heart to respond, I sometimes rewrite the Psalms.  These are very personal and very close to my heart, so please respect that.  These are not translations.  These are not paraphrases.  Some are closer to the original, and some take wide departures.  These are personal, artistic interpretations that arise through personal reflection.  I hope you enjoy them.  I’ll share some occasionally, and I hope to finish the book of Psalms in the next year.  However, some are too personal to share.  I will share some with you and I hope they may open a window to your heart or soul in some way and connect you more closely to the one to whom they are sung. Psalm 94 (rewritten by TJE)

O Lord, you are the God who avenges. Avenger God, shine brightly! Arise, O Judge of the earth      Bring just desserts to the proud. For how long, O Lord, will you allow      The wicked to rejoice? Arrogant words spew from their mouths, Those who do evil boast about it. They step on your people, O Lord, They keep your possessions under their feet. They slay the widow and the foreigner; They murder the fatherless. They say, “The Lord doesn’t see this;     Jacob’s God doesn’t bother.” Watch out!     You fools without feeling,     When will you wisen up? Can the Creator of the ear not hear? Does the Creator of the eye not watch? Does the nation’s Sentencer not punish? Can the Teacher be without knowledge? The Lord knows our very thoughts,      And their futility. O Lord, blessed is the one you teach      Through the discipline of your Word. To him comes rest from troubling times      Until your justice brings the wicked      To the grave. For the Lord will never turn his back      On his people or leave his possession. Judgment finds its grounding in righteousness      And all the pure in heart will      Seek it, find it, and follow it. Who will arise for me against wickedness? Who will stand up against doers of evil? If the Lord had not come to help me      Very soon I would have lived in death’s silence.

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