A personal psalm

I am currently undertaking a two year theology course run by the Diocese of Chelmsford, called Course in Christian Studies (CCS). We have been challenged to write our own psalm. I’ve really found the psalms a great source of comfort over the past couple of months. Prayers of praise, worship and lament written thousands of years ago are as relevant today as they were then.

But, in these times of lockdown, finding a quiet space to focus on God isn’t always easy. This morning I woke at 6:30am with the inspiration of the Spirit on my heart (and a sleepy household). God has a way of nudging us in the right direction!

This is my personal psalm:

Child of God

My Lord and my God, 
I praise you, creator of heaven and earth.
My Lord and my God,
I worship you, giver of life.
My Lord and my God,
I bow down before you, judge and defender.

And yet, you know my inmost being.
You know my heart and my joy,
my anxieties and my sorrow.
When I am low you lift me up,
you comfort and sustain me.
When I am on the mountain top
you are the guide who led me there.

You love me despite my failings.
You love me despite my flaws.
You love me despite my insecurities.

When I wander from your presence,
you never give up on me.
Your open arms welcome me home
with unconditional love.

You lavish me with grace,
again and again.
Like never-ending waves on the shore,
washing over me.

I am a Child of God.