My Soul Aches

Back in 2011 and early 2012, I studied and wrote about Psalm 119, the longest chapter in the Bible and a song that is all about reading the Bible. It is a Psalm that has not always been popular in the Church; it seems too legalistic for many Christians. But for me,
as with the whole Bible, as we read it, God speaks to us about many topics as we need to hear them, about our relationships as we need to grow. I’ve been re-posting individual stanzas this summer, and will continue that weekly or so. In late November, I plan to re-post the whole piece again for Thanksgiving.

M.  My Soul Aches to be Refreshed

My soul seemed weak for so long as I waited
for you–or did you wait for me?
My eyes were straining, bulging and blood-shot from looking
far and deep; I ask you again: How do I obey?
May I not be hung out to dry, not 
bursting as I am hung out in the heat of the day.
Move me from this brittle reality, these
tough times I built up in my life.
Make me joyful in your word, blessed!
Joyfully blessed!
Joyful in God’s word!
Much persecuted, I complain anew, but help me!
May I still not abandon your guiding wisdom.
Make my life new, God-of-Mercy,
Make me fresh and new,
May I obey.
May I still obey your commandments,
even when I complicate them beyond the simple.
Merciful God, make my life new today.

(C) Thomas Bolton, February 2012, Divine Intervention

Hinterglasbild Psalm 119, 22 (Text) Hammerhof,...


About Tom Bolton

I'm a Husband and Dad, an Enterprise Systems Manager at the City of Milwaukee, and a Disciple and Lay Servant at First United Methodist of West Allis. I love working beside young people. As I study the Bible, sometimes I feel moved to work through my understanding by writing poetry. I also am going through a process to discern my calling, and to learn more about Christian Leadership. Sometimes I just feel like writing about something that grabs my attention too.
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One Response to My Soul Aches

  1. That’s good, Tom. I love Psalm 119, in fact, you’ve encouraged me to read it today.

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