Writing on HOPE: The Psalmist’s Prayer – by Mary F. Burns


The Psalms have  always been a source of wisdom, comfort, depth and wonder for me personally, and for countless millions who have read, recited, heard and studied them through millennia of history. They timelessly capture the eternal human condition, its joys, sorrows, despair, courage and failings, love, fear and above all, hope. –Mary F. Burns

H ow good, how delightful it is for all to live together like brothers…fine as oil on the head…where Yahweh confers his blessing, everlasting life. (Psalm 133:1-3)
O God, hear my cry for help, listen to my prayer! From the end of the earth I call to you, with sinking heart. To the rock too high for me, lead me! For you are my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy. (Psalm 61:1-3)
P lanted in the house of Yahweh, we will flourish in the courts of our God, still bearing fruit in old age, still remaining fresh and green. (Psalm 92: 13-14)
E ven so, I stay in your presence, you hold my right hand; now guide me with advice and in the end receive me into glory. (Psalm 74: 23-24)

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