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Saturday, 30 June 2012

Psalm 139 Project Vs. 20

Verse 20
For they speak against Thee wickedly,
And Thine enemies take Thy name in vain.

Complete Jewish Bible - They invoke Your name for their crafty schemes; Yes, Your enemies misuse it.
Easy-To-Read Version - Those who say bad things about You. Your enemies use Your name falsely.
The Message - All the men and women who belittle You, God, infatuated with cheap god-imitations.

I was lost.

I was lost
Then Someone found me.

Someone thinks 
Of me
Intended me
Sees me
Knows me
Created a world around me
Made me feel
Like I belonged.
That I was
On purpose
By intention.

That Someone 
Who met me
Found me
Turned the world
Upside down
To become 
My intention

That Someone
Deserves more
Than curses and arrogance
In my presence.

That Someone
Is loved and breathed
In the quiet moments;
And in the thunderous
I speak His name.

That Someone
Is mocked and ignored
Taunted and abused
His name
Uttered in disregard
By those who don't understand.

That Someone 
Stands so strong
On my behalf
I cannot help but feel
Ripped off
That those who
Don't even know 
That Someone
Are talking trash
That Someone
Who has made me
His Grand Important Thing.

That Someone

Friday, 29 June 2012

Psalm 139 Project Vs. 19

Verse 19
O that Thou wouldst slay the wicked, O God;
Depart from me, therefore, men of bloodshed.

The Message – And please God, do away with wickedness for good! And you murderers – out of here! –
Today’s New International Version – If only You, God, would slay the wicked! Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!

When I was little
I used to fall asleep
With a picture in my mind of
Good and evil
In a swordfight
Over my head.
They would be fighting
For control.
I would fall asleep
‘You guys fight it out’.

It is not a
Fall asleep fairytale.
I want to be good
I have intentions
To prevail
To win the battle

In private
I sharpen my sword
With all the good
I can muster.

And then it comes.

It can be
The person who rattles me.
The loneliness that haunts
The shadows that taunt.

Evil is sharpening
Its sword
For that fight
With my good.

The reality is

Sometimes all of those
Good intentions
Sometimes evil
Trips me up
With a touché.

It would be so much
If the wickedness
Was done away with
If I never had to
In the battle at all.

It would be so great
If everything I intended
To be strong enough
To accomplish
Could be conquered

And there’s the rub
No battle means –
No choice.
No intentions means –
No good works.

The fight for me
Is valiant
The effort is
Scars abound.

If only You
Could just
Do away with the wicked.

So much easier.

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Psalm 139 Project Vs. 18

Verse 18
If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand.
When I awake, I am still with Thee.

Amplified Bible – If I could count them, they would be more in number than the sand. When I awoke, [could I count to the end] I would still be with You.
Complete Jewish Bible – If I count them, there are more than grains of sand; if I finish the count, I am still with You.

You know that feeling you get
When you stand at the ocean
You’re looking out
And it seems to go on forever.

Same feeling when you
Stand atop the tallest building
And gaze at the horizon
Stretched before you
Going on perpetually.

It’s that same impact of
The million man march
Where a sea of bodies
Seems endless.

And again when the telescope
Is strong enough
To take your sight
To worlds and galaxies
That seems never-ending.

To attempt the measuring
Or the counting
Of these
Seems relentless.

To count the infinite
Number of the grains of sand
Is a ferocious task
In its tenacity.

Same holds true
To try and determine
The absolute
Of His thoughts towards you.

Fixed upon you

His thoughts towards you.

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Psalm 139 Project Vs. 17

Verse 17
How precious also are Thy thoughts to me, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!

Complete Jewish Bible – God, how I prize Your thoughts! How many of them there are!
Contemporary English Version – Your thoughts are far beyond my understanding, much more than I could ever imagine.
The Message – Your thoughts – how rare, how beautiful! God, I’ll never comprehend them!

The thoughts of the Almighty
Unthinkable for me.

Like a work of art
That brings millions
To its doors,
To stand and admire
At a distance,
To study and examine
At arms’ length.
To get closer than that
Would be
Too much for us to take.

They are like the magnificence
Of the rarest work
By a master
No one can replicate.

Many will attempt
The mimic
But not succeed,
Precisely because
We did not create
The thoughts.

We cannot understand them.

The ultimate beauty
Of the plan
Conceived by
The ultimate

I stand just behind
The roped off section
Soaking in the
Of the very thoughts of
The Almighty.

So moved that
This masterpiece
I stand in awe of
The sum of
The thoughts of the Almighty

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Psalm 139 Project Vs. 16

Verse 16
Thine eyes have seen my unformed substance; 
and in Thy book they were all written
the days that were ordained for me,
when as yet there was not one of them.

Complete Jewish Bible – Your eyes could see me as an embryo, but in Your book all my days were written; my days had been shaped before any of them existed.

What have Your eyes seen?

What have Your eyes seen?

What have Your eyes seen?

What have Your eyes seen?

What have Your eyes seen?

What have Your eyes seen?

What have Your eyes seen?

What have Your eyes seen?

What have Your eyes seen?

What have Your eyes seen?

What have Your eyes seen?

What have Your eyes seen?

What have Your eyes seen?

What have Your eyes seen?

In Your book, please keep writing down everything You see.

Monday, 25 June 2012

Psalm 139 Project Vs. 15

Verse 15
My frame was not hidden from Thee,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth.

From the time of conception
To the time of discovery
Only You knew that I existed.
Those eternal, fleeting moments
Where I existed
Known only to One
There was no guesswork,
No surprises.
Just the same skill
That created heavens
            And roses….
                         And beaches….
                                            And horses….
Also made me.
Between conception
And discovery
My existence -
Not hidden,
No surprises.


And made.

The  mysteries that held
The promise of new life
Was for You alone to know,
And for me to shine.
In the land between conception
And discovery
You made


Sunday, 24 June 2012

Psalm 139 Project Vs. 14

Verse 14
I will give thanks to Thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made, wonderful are Thy works
And my soul know this very well.

The Amplified Bible - I will confess and praise You for You are fearful and wonderful and for the awful wonder of my birth. Wonderful are Your works, and that my inner self knows right well.
Complete Jewish Bible - I thank You because I am awesomely made, wonderfully; Your works are wonders - I know this very well.
Easy-To-Read Version - I praise You because You made me in such a wonderful way. I know how amazing that was!

I was made by intention

You intended

Exactly how I came 

The when's
     And where's
          And why's

All part of
Your Grand Intention

The thing that puzzles
And makes me
Is the Intention
Of me - 
Intertwined -
With the Grand Design

Exactly how I came

With the when's
     And where's 
          And why's

The Grand Intention
On purpose

From the inside out

The capabilities
The warmth
The smiles
The tears
The strength
The heart

To be woven into
And throughout
The Grand Design

My soul knows this
Very well

     And You
     The Grand Intention.

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Psalm 139 Project Vs. 13

Verse 13
For Thou didst form my inward parts;
Thou didst weave me in my mother’s womb.

The Message – Oh yes, You shaped me first inside, then out; You formed me in my mother’s womb.
Contemporary English Version – You are the one who put me together inside my mother’s body.
Complete Jewish Bible – For You fashioned my inmost being, You knit me together in my mother’s womb.

In the beginning
Nothing was forgotten
Nothing left out
Knitted together on purpose
Woven in specific detail
Nothing forgotten
No defective parts
Everything on purpose

The smile
The legs
The lungs

Exactly how they were supposed to be
No mistakes
And nothing forgotten
Weaving and designing
On purpose

The eyes
The heart
The toenails

Nothing missing
Parts askew are not a mistake
Unraveling the complicated bits
Takes time

The hands
The mouth
The spine

Knitted on purpose
No mistaken identities
No wrong hosts
The geography
Of beginnings is
On purpose
Never unforeseen
What lies ahead

The bones
The nose
The ears

Shapen from the inside out
On purpose
Nothing forgotten
No part defective to the purpose
Weaving and knitting
The design
Is never flawed
Nor is the designer
Weaving and forming

The sight
The voice
The heart

The more complicated the design
The more purposeful

The shape
The form
The meaning

From the beginning.

Friday, 22 June 2012

Psalm 139 Project Vs. 12

Verse 12
Even the darkness is not dark to Thee,
And the night is as bright as the day.
Darkness and light are alike to Thee.

The Message – It’s a fact: darkness isn’t dark to You; night and day, darkness and light, they’re all the same to You.
Amplified Bible – Even the darkness hides nothing from You, but the night shines as the day; the darkness and the light are both alike to You.
Contemporary English Version – But You see in the dark because daylight and dark are all the same to You.

i am afraid of the dark
all the unseen things
makes me afraid

i play music
and rock on my bed
i think of pleasant things
keep a light on.

i do not trust
what i cannot see
my mind plays tricks
friends with my fear
whispers things
that are not real
to capture my heart
in dread’s grip.

i do not like the dark
where i must
feel blindly for the things
that will hurt me.

i am afraid of the dark
the very thing i hate the most
the darkness
the shadows
are actually nothing to You.

darkness to me
lightness to You.
dark and light
they have no distinction to You.
they are the same
there is no darkness
no shadows
no blindness

i am not You
You see no dark
and yet
You hum music in my ear
You rock me on my bed
You give pleasant thoughts
for me to think
You are the Light
to banish
all the whispers

i am still afraid of the dark
but more comforted
by You who has no shadow.

Unseen Light.

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Psalm 139 Project Vs. 11

Verse 11
If I say, “Surely the darkness will overwhelm me,
And the light around me will be night”

The Message – Then I said to myself, “Oh He even sees me in the dark! At night I’m immersed in the light!”
Easy-To-Read – Suppose I wanted to hide from you and said, “Surely the darkness will hide me. The day will change to night and cover me.”
New Living Translation – I could ask the darkness to hide me and the light around me to become night.

From the beginning
We wanted to hide.

Right from the start
We shrunk from Him.
We begged the darkness
To cover us,
To make it impossible
For Him to find us.
If only we could make it
Until there was no light,
So no one would see.
If we could only hide
In the shadows,
He would walk right by
Oblivious to us,
And what we’ve done
Or not done.
He wouldn’t see the truth
About our motives.
We could pull the shade
Around us
And our need.
Right from the beginning
Of time
We hold our breath.
Waiting and hoping
That the blackness
Of the night
Overwhelms us,
So we can hide
Our hurt.

And His

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Psalm 139 Project Vs. 10

Verse 10
Even there Thy hand will lead me
And Thy right hand will lay hold of me

Easy-To-Read – Even there You will take my hand and lead me. Your strong right hand will protect me.
The Message – You’d find me in a minute – You’re already there waiting!

Even there
It doesn’t matter where
Even there
Every place I can think of
And every place I can dream of
And every place I have yet to even conceive of
It doesn’t matter where
Even there
Wherever I find myself
Wherever that is
Even there
It is Your hand
Your hand
That leads and holds me
Guides and protects me
Even there
Already waiting to find me
Even there
No matter its name
Your hand
On my shoulder
In my hand
Even there
Even when it’s breathtaking
Even when it’s not
Even there
It’s your hand -
Your hand
On me
No matter where

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Psalm 139 Project Vs. 9

Verse 9
If I take the wings of the dawn,
If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea…

The Message -  If I flew on morning’s wings to the far western horizons
Complete Jewish Bible -  If I fly away with the wings of the dawn and land beyond the sea

What if I could fly on the wings of dawn?
What if I could find the farthest place,
The places no one else even dreams about?

What if I could soar and fly and glide
Over the expanses and the mountaintops,
Over the valleys and the oceans and the seas?

What if I could find a place no one has ever been,
Where neither human foot nor country’s flag has flown?
What then?

What if I could make my home in the sea,
In the deepest, most mysterious places,
Where life is lived like nowhere else?

What if, like Atlantis, my home would dwell
Among the great sea creatures and awesome beauty
That no man has seen?

What then?

Monday, 18 June 2012

Psalm 139 Project Vs. 8

Verse 8
If I ascend to heaven, Thou are there;
If I make my bed in Sheol, behold Thou art there.

Contemporary English Version – If I were to climb up to the highest heavens, you would be there. If I were to dig down to the world of the dead you would also be there.
God’s Word Translation – If I go up to heaven, you are there. If I make my bed in hell, you are there.

To imagine Heaven
Glorious, lovely
‘Heaven on earth’
‘A little slice of heaven’
Easy to imagine
Harder to obtain
Most of us live somewhere
In between
Between ugly and glorious
Easy to believe
You are in the glorious places

But in the world of the dead?
When I must make my bed
In hell?
Some of us know hell
Some of us have lived, slept and eaten
In Sheol.

It’s that isolating place
That strips us of
Of dignity
Filling us with shame
With disgrace
With guilt

Like when we find ourselves
In a straight jacket
Devoid of emotion

Like when we’ve called in
Every last favour
And must now sleep on the ground

Like when solitary
Demands no contact
Making isolation our only friend

Like when we run
And opiates leave us
Brain-dead and lost

Like when we are like cattle
To be bought and sold
Huddled for warmth with other nameless ones

Like when, through no fault of ours
Disease has demanded
More of our body than should be given

Like when we are forced
Held captive, violated
By a manipulation wrongly labeled love

Like when we pass
The name of our child
Across to the stone-cutter

Like when our lives
Have taken too many turns
For us to remember where to find hope

That is where You are.
With me.
In heaven.
With me
In hell.
And with me
In between.

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Psalm 139 Project Vs. 7

Verse 7
Where can I go from Thy Spirit?
Or where can I flee from They Presence?

Easy-to-Read Version – Your Spirit is everywhere I go. I cannot escape Your Presence.
Good News Translation – Where could I go to escape from You? Where could I get away from Your Presence?
The Message – Is there anyplace I can go to avoid your Spirit? To be out of Your sight?

You see me ….

                    At the guidance office            At the supermarket        At the confessional    

                                                                      At the office       At the bar          At the restaurant         
                                                                                                    At the new spot to blaze 

                            At the dance              In the dark           At the movies         At the sex store         Online       

                                                                                                  In the closet         In the pulpit    

                                                                                                                    In the hospital

                           In the psych ward           During chemo           During sex              During forced sex         

                                             In the fight         In the bookstore            At the hairdresser    

                                     At the magazine stand             When someone must toilet me

                              In Rehab          In the alley        At the book club           In the hotel room        

                                                                                                                      In the car            In prison

                                                             At the shooting gallery           In the police car              At the Shelter      

                                                    At the food bank              At the cemetery

                         At the DMV        In the shower        At the Welfare Office       On the road  

                                                         In the pew       Far from home

                          In another country        At seating clinic        At the specialist office      

                                                      While swimming             In the jungle

                       At the prosthetic fitting           In the bedroom         At the mall           In bed       

                                                                       On a date        

                                       In class             At work              At the gym                 In exams        

                                                                                   At the cottage                 Smoking up        

                                                                                                                                               At church

Everywhere I go
Your Spirit goes with me
There is nowhere I can run away to
That Your Presence
Isn’t there with me.