Living Psalm 13 – Pentecost 5A
Living Psalms Book
Psalms in the form of words and art, reborn in the specific contexts of our world, privileging the voices of historically marginalized communities and those acting in solidarity with them.
A Prayer to Hurry Up Deliverance
Look, God, I know a thousand years are like one day for you,
but one single day of your face hidden from sight is like a thousand years for me!
How much longer must I endure the pain of this separation?
How many days must I go on walking, lying down, crying,
with only this huge gaping hole in my heart?
People are celebrating my downfall; those who hate me rise and rise.
I need an answer! I need you!
I am dying here, with the light and hope of my life fading;
and won’t that make my enemies happier than anything?!
But I trusted in you before – it feels like a thousand years ago – and so
I will trust again.
I will rejoice in your salvation because your love does not end,
not for a thousand-thousand years.
That hole in my heart will be filled with a song of praise,
and your generosity will never be forgotten.
(But please hurry!)
Living Psalm for Pentecost 5A – Psalm 13 was written by Rev. Elizabeth Dilley
Living Psalms Book is created by UCC Witness & Worship Artists’ Group, a Network of UCC connected artists, activists and ministers bridging the worship and liturgy of the local church with witness and action in the community. Maren Tirabassi, editor
Logo is detail from Living Psalm 80 by Sophia Beardemphl, Redwoods, CA. Recovering from significant bullying, Sophia, age nine, read Psalm 80 and thought of brokenness that needs mending. She drew this broken and mended bowl.
© Copyright 2023 Rev. Elizabeth Dilley. Permission granted to reproduce or adapt this material for use in services of worship or church education. All publishing rights reserved.