PSALM 4 – For Persistence and Trust, with Melody and Devotion
Is it fair?
It is my call?
Sorrow and strife
Widen horizons and
Grow the soul when we welcome grace,
Listen with impassioned awareness. Hear my prayer.
Sons of a man, so?
What have you done with my dignity?
Am I a nobody? Is my love worth nothing?
My wants for naught?
We know better.
Heed my call.
Shake off the stale shame of habits now lame
and speak with songs of heart strings pulled tight.
Treat first words as last and
Silence as best. Selah.
So many talk and talk, their talking can’t reveal your good.
Try us, shine the light
on your unseen face,
on the joy of times plentiful with grape and grain
planted in my unsettled breast.
I long to rest, to sleep in peace,
to share this solitude
and return to that refuge of trust.
Batzar hirchavta li – with sorrow you grow my soul
לבטח תושיבני / lavetach toshiveini – return me to trust
Shema Tefilati – hear my prayer
Rig’zu v’al techata’u – shake off the sin
Lamnetzeach bin’ginot – For persistence with song