One: A Modern Psalm

I love reading the Psalms. In part, I find reading Psalms is a form of great liturgy that profoundly influences my spiritual formation. Reading Psalms, I learn to love God more deeply and discover what it means to be human more fully. The Psalms touch on every aspect of our existence and uncover our relationship to God.

Lately, I’ve felt a nudge from the Spirit to lay down some fresh psalms that reflect our contemporary condition and remind us of God’s unwavering faithfulness to humanity. What does it mean to be a person made in God’s image? What does it mean to live a holy life? Where is God in the midst of modern calamity, societal upheaval, devastating pandemics, and growing uncertainty? These are all questions I am led to explore.

My upcoming Bible Study, “Good Morning, God,” that I am teaching at City of Hope, will focus on examining our relationship with the Lord and helping participants grow in intimacy with our Creator.

Rainer Bantau
The Devotional Guy™

To me, the ancient biblical book of Psalms is all about intimacy with God, our Creator, and deepening our intimacy in experiencing the human condition.

One: A Modern Psalm is my attempt to capture what that looks like in today’s world. It is a step of faithful obedience toward what I believe the Holy Spirit is asking me to do. I pray that you will be enriched, at some level, by reading it.

One: A Modern Psalm

1 Who am I, O God, that You would call me Yours?

2 Was I not once a sinner who stood with scoffers and who did not delight in Your word?

3 Yet, through Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, I came to know forgiveness and experience the profound breadth of Your grace and Your mercy.

4 I stand, like a tree by the river, Your living waters nourishing my soul as I heed Your word day and night.

5 Once, I lived solely for me. Today, I live only for You, my Rock and my Salvation.

6 Gratitude, beyond measure, fills my heart. 7 My cup overflows with blessing and prosperity. 8 Your unimaginable kindness overwhelms my heart, my mind, and my soul. 9 You, are my strength, my courage, and my Redeemer.

10 Thank You, O God, for not giving up on me. Thank You, O God, for saving me.

I pray that this psalm would speak to your soul, my dear reader. I encourage you to read it aloud. I also ask that you would spend some time meditating on it this week. In doing so, may it enrich and deepen your connection with our Lord and Savior, Jesus. Please feel free to share your thoughts and experiences below in the “COMMENTS.”

Hallelujah and Amen.

Go in peace,

The Devotional Guy™

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  1. ace

    as I can, i’m always encouraging people not to just simply speak the words to the Lord’s prayer from memory only, but to use those precious words – spoken by our Saviour Himself – and use them as He intended – as a template for our own prayers.

    great stuff Rainer!!

    Andy B

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  2. Beautiful, Rainer. Is this your paraphrase of a particular psalm, or a mix of your thoughts on more than one?

    It reads like a prayer.

    Have a blessed Sunday. We’re getting some much needed rain. Here’s hoping it made it to “Big D.”

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  3. Thank you, David.

    We have not seen a drop in our neck of the woods, yet. The weather wizards are predicting a rainy Sunday for us, though.

    The psalm is an original work by me. I’m glad it resonated with you, my friend.

    That’s the interesting thing about psalms—some read like songs, some like sonnets, and others like prayers.

    I appreciate your comments and prayers.

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  4. Thank you, Andy B—I’m happy to know that this original psalm connected with you.

    There is a lot to be said about reading Scripture aloud, especially prayers and psalms.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.


  5. You’re welcome

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  6. Beth Alisan says:

    Wow Rainer! This is excellent and certainly stirred my soul as I read. Thank you for sharing!

    Liked by 1 person

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