(A Psalm of Lament)
My God, I know that you hear my prayer
You do not ignore my petition.
Mercy and compassion flow from you
Your actions are just and inspiring.
You reach out and touch the hearts of mortals
And have power to change lives
Proffering guidance, direction and meaning
A pathway to righteousness and fulfilment.
Look down upon this nation, O Lord
See how your people have turned their backs on you
Casting you away without a second thought
Your name comes to their lips only when swearing.
Knowledge of your ways is utterly absent
Unconcerned self gain the only motivation.
How can nothing about your glory enter their existence
With lives bereft of all Godly understanding and salvation?
Make known to them your living presence, O Lord
Enter into their souls and bring the succour they know not is wanting.
Show them the errors of their ways
How far from your path they have strayed.
Call and bring them within your fold
Let your redeeming love embrace each one.
For they are your children
Only you can set them aright.
You alone, Lord, can instil thirst for your word
And hunger to walk alongside your splendour in piety.
Without you there can be neither spark
Nor spirit to fan the flame into a fire of fervent devotion.
Hear my plea, O God and restore your nation
But for you the darkness will overcome.
I will rejoice in your transforming acts
And be a beacon to shine forth your message of hope.
An example to the faithless
A mirror to reflect your radiance.
I will redouble my efforts to serve you
To sing your praises for ever.
For I know your desires are not those of the profane
And that you yearn for the lost to find you.
So shall your kingdom be rebuilt
glory again shining throughout this land.
© Richard Farquharson, Maulden, Bedfordshire April 2016