Psalm 31: Strength in exhaustion
(A burn-out prayer)
Lord – where are you?!
I seek refuge in you.
I need you now more than ever.
Lord – can you hear me?!
I am slipping, Lord,
the ground beneath my feet has crumbled away.
My energy has been stolen,
my joy in my work has gone.
I feel trapped as a net closes around me.
Lord – come quickly!
Find me some solid ground
Hide me away in a place of safety
Lord – show me what to do!
I don’t know who to trust.
The people around me seem to only
want more and more of me.
Everyone is running after worthless idols.
I hear people whispering about me.
I’m sure that they have only scorn for me
behind my back.
I’m sure they are plotting to get rid of me.
Lord – redeem me!
Buy me back from this worthless place
Lead me out of this wasteland.
Lord – save me!
I am exhausted!
My eyes struggle to see
my strength fails
my bones waste away.
I am losing myself in this misery.
I am sinking into a deathly emptiness.
Lord – I trust you!
I say to myself over and over
“You are my God.
My life is in your hands.
Shine your face on me again.
Save me in your steadfast love.
Don’t lose me to shame, O Lord,
for I call on you!”
Lord – come through again for me!
All you people – love the Lord,
who is wonderful in love,
who does see us and hear us and know us,
(whether or not we feel it!)
who does train us and shape us
(whether or not we enjoy it!)
who is always there for us.
Be strong and patient,
grow courage in your heart
(the hard way!)
Wait for the Lord.
Psalm 31: My hiding place
Where can I hide?
I cannot find anywhere that feels safe.
Everywhere there are traps set for me.
Everywhere people whisper about me.
Be my safe place, O God.
Be my hiding space, my refuge, my shelter.
I put myself in your hands.
Be strong! Fill your heart with courage!