Elul Reflections: I Am Safe

New words for old ideas as we prepare for the new year… Here is a take on Psalm 27, the Psalm read daily in the month of Elul.

With the living and eternal God as my goal and guide
fear and anxiety preempt no place in my life.
All the evil in the world is not able to destroy God,
nor can it destroy anyone within God’s loving embrace.
The very legions of hell lay siege to my soul,
only to be thwarted by a power far greater.

I have one primary and ultimate desire:
to abide within the love and acceptance of God.
Within God’s tender care I know I am safe.

Thus I shall stand tall
regardless of threatening enemies and the tyranny of evil.
I will counter the subtle voices of temptation
with exclamations of praise to my God.

My God does hear when I cry out to God.
He does not ignore my needs,
nor is God indifferent to my desires.
God will not let me go
even if my very own family should turn against me.
God will sustain me and keep me on course
through the dangers and pitfalls of this life.

It is possible to know and experience God’s love
in this uncertain, tumultuous existence.
Take courage, step out in faith, scorning consequences.
let the Eternal have God’s way with you.
An interpretive translation of Psalm 27 from Psalms/Now, by Leslie Brandt, Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, 1973.
L’shanah tovah–Your RS clergy