Did the title of this article catch your eye? As you may already know, there are only 150 Psalms in the Bible. But when my son wrote and sent this poem to me (copied out below), I felt like it should belong in the Bible as an additional Psalm. :) I hope you will enjoy reading it and find it encouraging to your faith.
As I read it, I was so impressed by his poetic style and his command of good imagery. But I also saw that it showed throughout his positive faith in God and his Christian character. Which is amazing for two reasons: 1) In previous years, Glen wrote many other poems. He has exercise books full of them. But so many of them were dark as he went through some difficult months of feeling lost.
And 2) Glen is currently training with the Canadian military, which is not a godly environment. As you read the poem, you can see the “potential enemies” around him, and yet his faith is carrying him through as he works within a very strong non-faith environment. I am very proud of him, as well as being proud of my other son, Eric, and his wife of 3 1/2 years, as they all remain true and fast to their faith in Christ and their devotion to God the Father.
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Psalm of Glen
Am I your child God?
Do I have your favor?
Do not abandon me in your anger.
Do not throw me away in your wrath.
How high do the wicked climb,
Trampling the honest and holy ones?
Who is left that Believes?
Father you are gracious.
Your love endures forever.
I, a lowly creature, am not worthy.
You have bestowed me gifts and abilities,
That which you have given to me
You have blessed my life and wrapped me
In your love and safety.
In times of trouble, to you I turn.
When I am blessed, to you I give thanks.
Oh Lord, Creator of all things,
You bent low and decided to create me.
I am your humble servant.
Teach me, oh Lord, that I may be,
Holy and righteous in your eyes.
Lead me in the steps of everlasting life.
Thank you Father, for this life.
You have given me much.
Much do I choose to owe,
Yet you hold no debt over me.
I am free, by your blood.
So let me be free in your power.
Rise up, Oh Lord and come to my aid
I am surrounded on all sides.
My enemies bare their teeth,
They wish to devour my flesh.
Oh Lord, My Rock, defend me, your humble servant
I will perish under the weight of their foot
On the rocks I shall be dashed to pieces
Rescue me from my imminent Death, Oh Lord.
Be Merciful to me.
For you are the everlasting God
There is none before, there is no end.
You took me into your arms
Called me like I am your child.
Father, my God, how majestic is your Name.
The mountains tremble at your voice
The trees shake their branches
Even the rocks cry out to you
Forgive us Lord, For our blindness.
We are a Deaf, Blind, Dying race.
You are God Alone.
Oh Lord, My God, Have mercy on me.
Turn to me with Favor,
For all I have done for your children.
Do not leave me to be eaten by the dogs
Raise me up on wings of eagles,
To soar above my enemies.
I will have victory, over my foe.
For the Lord is with me.
Strength and power are his.
The world bends to his call.
“You are my child, whom I love”
Says the Lord
” Do not have fear as you walk among the wolves,
Had the Lord not created the wolves as well?
Is there any power greater than I?”
Says the Almighty.
“I will rescue you from your pain,
I will bring aid for your wounds.
Trust in me,” says the Lord,
“And I will guide your path.”
Let my life be an offering to you.
Let my sacrifice and burnt offering be a pleasing aroma to you.
May I serve you with integrity and excellence.
And may your Word ever be on my lips.
Till the last breath, I serve you.
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Allow me one more time to commend what is written above. I am currently preparing to do the consultant check on 1/3 of the book of Psalms for a language group over in Papua New Guinea. As I have been studying all I can about psalms, I learned that there are seven key elements found within what is called a “Petition Psalm” also known as a “Lament Psalm”.
These elements, which can be found in this or a rearranged order, are as follows:
- Appeal: the Psalmist calls to God to listen and pleads for help in a time of trouble.
- Problem: greater detail is given regarding the problem that he is facing.
- Request: what the Psalmist wants God to do in order to help deal with the problem.
- Confession: his claim of innocence and/or a confession of sin before a holy God.
- Profession of Faith: a strong statement of belief in God, who He is and what He can do.
- Promise: a vow to praise God, serve Him, and/or a promise to bring God an offering.
- Praise: a final word of praise or trust in God.
So now that you know this, what do you think about Psalm 151 (Glen’s Psalm). Can you see all these elements within his poem? Pretty darn cool, don’t you think? [“Way to go son!”]