Modern Psalm 5: Help Me, O Lord

The biblical book of Psalms features the most quoted Old Testament content found in the New Testament primarily because of the deep sense of human emotion that is revealed through them. The Psalms most familiar to us expose the harsh difficulties of life that we bring to the throne of our Creator.

In Old Testament times, the psalms were a common literary form familiar to the people living in the lands of the Ancient Near East. Scholars have discovered a deep connection between the hymns of Babylon, Egypt, and Canaan and the literary form of the biblical psalms.

In recent months, as I’ve grappled with my own emotional responses to life, I found myself writing what I call contemporary psalms.

Today’s post features one of those psalms that I wrote in the past few months. I pray that it speaks to you, spiritual sojourner, in some way, shape, or form.

Rainer Bantau
The Devotional Guy™

Modern Psalm 5 Help Me, O Lord

1 What does it look like to be a peacemaker, O Lord, my God?

2 Give me direction. Show me the way.

3 Help me grow more gentle. Help me to be more kind. 4 Help me bring confidence where there is chaos.

5 Show me, Lord, how to be steadfast like You, my God, are steadfast.

6 Lord, my God, I cry out to you. I need Your help! 7 Guide me, O Lord, direct my path and ease my mind.

8 Quell my anxieties. Still my concerns. 9 Help me, O Lord. Help me. Help me, O Lord, help me.

10 Where I am unsure or unsteady, give me Your strength. 11 When I feel lost, anchor me. 12 Give me peace, Lord, so I can be an agent of Your peace. 13 Give me peace, God, so I might be a vessel of Your peace.

14 Help me, O Lord. Help me.

15 Keep me steadfast and focused, my King. Keep me steadfast and focused, my Lord and my Savior.

16 To You be the glory, my God. To You be the praise, my King. Hallelujah and Amen.

View from my creative spot

This past year, I discovered creative outlets help me cope with the trials and tribulations of this life. I know that there is a day coming when there will be no more tears and no more sorrow (Revelation 21).

4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes.There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.

Revelation 21:4 (New International Version)

But, in the meantime, as we wait for our Lord Jesus to return, you and I must face life and take our cares to God. I believe that in order for us to love others well we must be willing to give God our everythingness, including our emotional messes. He is a personal God, after all, who loves us far more immensely and abundantly than we could ever imagine.

This is us. ❤️

May the Lord keep you this week and watch over you. May He laud you with blessings and shower you with His amazing love.


Rainer Bantau
The Devotional Guy™


The Devotional Guy™ is a blog written by Rainer Bantau, a warrior-poet passionately attempting to live a lifestyle of worship amid the challenges of 21st century.


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  1. I enjoyed your psalm, brother, and the others as well. This one reminds me of an old song, 🎶”Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there” 🎶

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  2. Amen. Thank you, David.


  3. Rainer, I love your modern psalms and am inspired to try this as a spiritual writing practice for myself.

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  4. Thank you, Mary. Keep me posted on the progress of your practice. I am encouraged by your response and my heart is full knowing that these psalms are resonating with you. Blessings.


  5. I think your modern Psalms would really help teach the younger set.

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  6. Thank you for your kind encouraging words.


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