O Lord, Iím like an open book to you;
You read my heart, my mind on every page:
I sit, I rise, Iím naked in your sight;
My every thought lies open to your gaze.
ĎTis not to judge, your burning eyes invade
My secret heart, for deeper love discerns
Your face reflected in the murky depths;
ĎTis you who for me, seeking, searching, yearns.
Unfathímable your love, you go ahead,
You chart my path before me, and behind.
You shelter me; no mother eíer so dear
Could care, protect and hold me in her mind.
Before my mind has formed an unborn word
You know the mystery of unspoken speech;
Surrounded by your ever-present love,
I cannot wander far beyond your reach.
Your all-pervading Spirit covers me;
No matter where I go, my God is there:
If I would rise to heavín, your dwelling place,
I find your presence infinitely near.
To hide my shame, I flee to hellís domain,
But lo! Your gentle hand lays hold of me:
I ride the morning winds, but Ďtis your breath;
Your hand supports, traversing land and sea.
If I should think the darkness thick enough
To hide me from your penetrating sight,
How wrong I am, how comforting to know,
To you the night is just as bright as light.
You formed my substance in the secret place;
Within my motherís womb you fashioned me:
A master craftsman, complex my design;
So thankful that you made me wondrously.
And overshadowed by your guiding hand,
No eyes but yours beheld this shapeless form;
How carefully you planned my earthly days
And wrote them in your book ere I was born.
How precious, Lord, to know Iím on your mind;
Your love, your thoughts surround me constantly;
I sleep, cocooned within your gentle arms:
I wake to find that you still think of me.
How hateful are your enemies, O God!
That they should miss the bliss of perfect trust:
Your enemies my enemies become;
I look on them with loathing and disgust.
O search me, let the passion of your eyes
Seek out the fear, anxiety subdue;
Show me the error of my wicked ways
And let me walk in harmony with you.
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