psalm 7: safe haven

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grant me safe haven
for i am pursued within and without.
in the moments of my
deepest dread
my spirit is ground down into the earth
until there is nothing left of me
but dust

open wide your sanctuary
shelter me from the self-doubt
that haunts my every move.
keep my panic at bay
guide me away from the deep chasms
of my own making
be my vindication when
i can hear nothing
but accusations.

don’t let my pain turn to
resentment and frustration
don’t let my fear fall
into the wrong hands and be
used as a weapon against me.

and when i fall again
help me to compose a song
of praise give me
the courage to
sing it to you.

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5 Comments on “psalm 7: safe haven”

  1. Laurie Goldstein says:

    Are you channeling Rumi today? I have this one up in my office:

    The grapes of my body can only become wine

    After the winemaker tramples me.

    I surrender my spirit like grapes to his trampling

    So my inmost heart can blaze and dance with joy.

    Although the grapes go on weeping blood and sobbing

    “I cannot bear any more anguish, any more cruelty”

    The trampler stuffs cotton in his ears: “I am not working in ignorance

    You can deny me if you want, you have every excuse,

    But it is I who am the Master of this Work.

    And when through my Passion you reach Perfection,

    You will never be done praising my name.”

  2. abunaalgodon says:

    Very nice, Brant. Sorry, though, you couldn’t work in some of the self-righteousness (…for I am just and blameless of heart) or some of the retribution on those who don’t repent (For such a one he prepares deadly weapons; he barbs his arrows with fire) Ouch.

    Particularly useful parts for me – “be my vindication when I can hear nothing but accusations” and “don’t let my pain turn to resentment and frustration”.

    As always, thanks, Cotton

  3. Louis Weiss says:

    Brant, I am enjoying your psalms. I LOVE this one!

  4. Ruth Rosen says:

    Brant,
    We have a choice…alot of our misery is of our own doing. We must realize that we do have a choice. Choose wisely and well.

    Thank you,


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