God, Give Me Strength

Struggling with our faith
Inspired by Psalm 27
Deborah Beach Giordano
© May 17, 2014

The Holy One is my staunch defender
who will guard my life forever:
a mighty fortress never failing –
Then why am I such a mess?

God protects me
at all times,
in all places.
So nothing should frighten me.

When evil creeps up on me,
gnawing at my resolve,
eroding my peace of mind,
it shall be banished.

No matter how many temptations arise,
I will not succumb,
my faith with not waver.
Though I may struggle, I will succeed.

All I ask is that Christ abide in me;
so I may see with His eyes,
love with His compassion,
and live with His courage.

If God is for me, who can be against me?
He is my shelter when trouble comes,
my guide through the storm,
my light in the darkness.

O Holy One, uphold Your long tradition
of boundless compassion and mercy.
For God’s sake – for Your sake! –
answer my prayer!

I know that I ought to rely on You.
All I want, my Lord, is some assurance.
Show Yourself, send me a sign,
let me know that You are here, O Author of my life!

You are ever-faithful, Beloved,
persistent in Your love
regardless of what I do
or don’t do.

Even if my friends and family
condemn me
and cast me aside,
You are with me always.

Guide me along the right Path, O Lord,
Don’t let me fall into the snares
that will drag me down into the pit;
keep me from temptation,

Like a Shepherd, Holy One,
lead me to the high ground,
away from all hurt and harm.
deliver me from evil.

I believe
that God’s goodness will triumph,
in this place
and in my lifetime.

I must be patient, strong, and courageous –
for God will see me through.
Soon I shall be singing songs of thanksgiving
at the top of my voice.

Amen, amen. Let it be so. Amen.

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