My husband suggested that I chose a shorter Psalm to memorize this week. Since I haven’t yet completely memorized Ps 19, I agreed with him.
Even though I was still stumbling through parts of Psalm 19, I remembered the last verse, and that brought me an unexpected blessing.
In the middle of the night, a nightmare woke me up. Instead of panicking I wrote the following prayer, based on words from the Psalm.
You are my Rock and you’re my Redeemer
I will not cling to fears of tomorrow
No nightmare, sickness or terror attack
Can cause me to panic; you have my back
I’ve determined to please you in all that I do
With the help of your Spirit, I’ll follow through
You’re my Redeemer and Sheltering Rock
Of you I will write, of you I will talk.
I love Psalm 15. I’ve read it many times over the years and have always been challenged by it. It describes the kind of integrity and reputation that I desire to possess–the kind of life that pleases God.
I hope that you, too, will be inspired by it.
1Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent?
Who may live on your holy mountain?
2 The one whose walk is blameless,
who does what is righteous,
who speaks the truth from their heart;
3 whose tongue utters no slander,
who does no wrong to a neighbor,
and casts no slur on others;
4 who despises a vile person
but honors those who fear the Lord;
who keeps an oath even when it hurts,
and does not change their mind;
5 who lends money to the poor without interest;
who does not accept a bribe against the innocent.
6 Whoever does these things
will never be shaken.