A David psalm
 Count yourself lucky, how happy you must be
you get a fresh start,
your slate's wiped clean.
 Count yourself lucky
God holds nothing against you
and you're holding nothing back from him.
 When I kept it all inside,
my bones turned to powder,
my words became daylong groans.
 The pressure never let up;
all the juices of my life dried up.
 Then I let it all out;
I said, "I'll make a clean breast of my failures to God."
Suddenly the pressure was gone
my guilt dissolved,
my sin disappeared.
 These things add up. Every one of us needs to pray;
when all hell breaks loose and the dam bursts
we'll be on high ground, untouched.
 God's my island hideaway,
keeps danger far from the shore,
throws garlands of hosannas around my neck.
 Let me give you some good advice;
I'm looking you in the eye
and giving it to you straight:
 "Don't be ornery like a horse or mule
that needs bit and bridle
to stay on track."
 God-defiers are always in trouble;
God-affirmers find themselves loved
every time they turn around.
 Celebrate God.
Sing together everyone!
All you honest hearts, raise the roof!
Copyright © 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson. All rights reserved. Database © 2003