Psalm 105

a poetic reinterpretation

based on Psalm 105: 1-6, 16-22, 45b | Revised Common Lectionary for Proper 14

Decorative Image. View from the bottom of a pit.

So here’s the thing, God,
It’s like you form us from the
inside-out:
gently offering a
tender sense of belonging.
We find ourselves
first in you, like a
rhythm familiar
before it’s ever heard.

It’s like you write our stories, God,
starting from what will be,
so we can find ourselves
in what was
and trust that we can
find you in what is.

Because that’s where
you show up every time:
at the bottom of the pit, it’s you
who is in chains, you
who is in pain. It is you
acting through all the
ordinary nobodies
to bring us through
famine
to bring us through
pandemic.

Let me say it this way–
How can I keep from singing when
you are a God who would
rather show up in a pit than a palace?
I guess that changes everything.
You flip the world on its head.
Teach us to live
by your Wisdom.

We’re all yours!

–Jennifer W. Davidson

Photo by Artem Maltsev on Unsplash

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