Psalm 22 - when
August 13, 2019
Psalm 17: Prayer Resung for the sake of Friendship [Tzedek/Justice]
August 2, 2019
Psalm 23 in the wake of tragedy
April 30, 2019
April 10, 2019
Three Keys to Humility: Remember, Give, and Sing Out in the Now.
February 24, 2019
The Thirteenth Moon is Full, Are You?
February 21, 2019
Psalm 19 ReSung for Tu Bishvat
January 22, 2019
Dust in the Wind, Psalm 18
December 28, 2018
Share the Light, an Origin Story for the Solstice
December 23, 2018
November 15, 2018
What is Elijah's chair?
July 16, 2015
May 28, 2018
Psalm 9 (part 1) – A Song that Love May Endure the Life-Threatening Yoke
Placed upon a Son or Daughter
א – I will give thanks with all my heart.
I will recount your wonder, forward and backwards.
I will rejoice and exalt in You. I will voice Your lofty name
ב – Backtrack the torment in me. Let this sad-mask come off at last.
ג – Get away from inner-gangs lost to misplaced judgement,
May their names be forgotten for good (Doorways best unopened)
ה – Ha! There. These enemies of pure simplicity
lay in ruin, in perpetuity,
the nervous skin shed, busy city-lights fading, forgotten.
ו – And You, Y”H are hidden there, enthroned
in a humble clause, like “Yes.”
And in a just cause – haven for the helpless, fortress for the fearful.
ז – Sing for God’s sake, and feel the presence
where we gather and celebrate our stories, Your story, in song.
Remember too, the blood-curdling cry, forget not the call,
connection inspiring action.
ח – Help me heal the hate that seeps from self-afflicted isolation.
Raise me above fear before death’s door. Grace me
that I can sing your praises in the gateways
where daughters of Zion roll in joy, the hour has come.
ט – The trap set for another ensnares the setter,
arrested in the net of arrogance and judgement.
This is folly. Sela’.
י – You can help me steer clear of that tormented line of inquiry
that forgets to cede the throne of judgment,
and never forgets the hope that flows
from a humility reaching with both hands,
lifting you up, not settling into a stubborn self-reliance.
Human, all too human, in your able hands. Sela’.
Odeh b’chol libi – I give thanks with all my heart!
Celebrate in song
Cede the throne of judgment
 The Hebrew is unclear, here I have divided the word עלמות/Almut, into two words, עול מוות/‘Ol mavet / literally “the yoke of death [for a son]”
 The letter ד/dalet, meaning door, is curiously absent from the cloaked alphabetic acrostic of this psalm.
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