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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Good and Bad (05/07/09)

TITLE: The Lost Psalm 151
By Colin Swann


A Psalm by the Mystery Bard

1. You Lord are magnificent in your resplendent glory and majesty. Your presence stretches beyond the outer regions of the universe and beyond. All heaven lauds your glory as the eternal God from everlasting to everlasting and your saints forever shout their praise from the heights of your holy mountain.

2. Lord, you are cloaked with goodness and mercy towards a people who are unworthy. You forgive the sins of the unrighteous and have mercy on the lowly and the fallen. When I strayed from you and sank in the slurry of my sin, you heard my desperate plea for forgiveness and rescued me. I will thank and praise you forever for your kindness towards me.

3. Your love for me is like the love a maiden has for her suckling first born. You dote over me as a special only child. I am your favourite among a legion of your special favourite ones. You give us all your undivided attention at all times such is the vastness of your being, understanding and capability. Lord, I thank you for the good you do in our lives.

4. If you had not intervened I would have shipwrecked my life. I would have sank to the lowest hell without your mediation you saved me from perdition and set me on a highway to the celestial city. I shall forever praise you with the glorious ones and join the chorus with all your redeemed sinners. Thank you for rescuing us and being our Saviour.

5. Lord, all my life is in your hands, and you formed me in the womb you set out my life before me, and desired that I followed you in all your ways. Yet in my dull understanding, and mulish ways, I deliberately followed my own path and folly. I became like the fly fast in the web with no one to deliver me in my desperation I cried out to you and you saved me. O, praise be to you forever!

6. If I had known my journey like the the swallow his distant flight or the turtle is way through the ocean's depth, then I would not have strayed from your pathway. But in my pride and stubbornness I was asinine in following the wind racing with herd towards the cliff edge of destruction. I marvel that you put your bit in my mouth and turned me and saved me from utter destruction. Your blows became the sweet kisses of reconciliation for which I will ever be grateful.

7. I see your beauty in the towering mountain range; across the lowly valley's gulf and the veld's open plain. I thank you that you order the footsteps of our lives. We would wither like a flowering bloom if life was unvaried and all level, high or low. But you are a lavish God who showers your creation with extravagant beauty, goodness and love.

8. When I behold your creation: the stars sparkling from the midnight sky; the verdant woodlands and meadow flowers; the colourful singing birds and the humming bees; a gurgling mountain stream and the ocean's expanse; such stunning beauty makes me want to join with all nature and cry, that 'God is Good'.

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Beth LaBuff 05/17/09
I especially like #3 "a favourite among a legion of your special favourite ones." You use some great descriptive words that make this a strong psalm (like perdition, mulish, etc ). This reads like a modern paraphrase would read.. Very nicely done!
Marilyn Schnepp 05/19/09
Your personal "151st Psalm" is like sweet smelling incense to the Almighty, and music to His ear. I'm sure all Christians will say "Amen" to your Praises and Thanksgiving to our Father in Heaven for His love, Mercy and protection over each of us...as we struggle to to Keep The Faith in this sin filled world that has lost it's way. I "Ditto" your words...and thank you for sharing this lovely devotional with us. Well done.
Mona Purvis05/20/09
Yes, a lavish God He is.
Very strongly written and full of praise. I love it. It makes a prayer for today.
Seema Bagai 05/20/09
Wow! Beautiful phrasing and vivid word choices in this piece. It reads with a similar tone to the Psalms. Excellent work.
Diana Dart 05/20/09
Wow - phrased in such an amazing way to the most Amazing GOD! A beautiful piece with sometimes gritty, sometimes poetic words. Well done.
Catrina Bradley 05/20/09
Oh, how I loved your psalm!!!!! Simply beautiful, from the heart, and glorifying of our God. Lovely lovely lovely. Thank you for sharing this with us!

(I PM'd you with my red ink for your "contest". :) )
Patricia Herchenroether05/20/09
I loved your psalm. Number 8 is my favorite-in praise of all God's Creations. Very nice.
Karlene Jacobsen06/03/09
Awesome! My favorite is #4, for it rang so true for my own life.