In December of 2009 or thereabouts, my son, Marty Schoenleber III (aka Marty S. Dalton), put a video up on Youtube.com. It inspired me to keep working on a project I thought of a couple of years ago. The idea is to write a poem of personal reflection for each Psalm in the Psalter. Here are some of the offerings so far. Some of the poems are preceded by a brief commentary.
Don’t think of any as high art. Think of these offerings as one poor man’s desire to draw nearer to Christ. New entries will generally appear on Sunday afternoons.
One more thing: It is always best to read the psalm or the verses being commented on first.
Read Psalm 26
I’ve Made My Choice
I’ve made my choice, O God.
By Your grace, I stand with You.
When my broken heart sorrows for justice,
when my heart cries for vindication,
when I long for justification,
when my heart is filled with self-righteousness,
make me as pure as I imagine.
Prove me true.
Test my heart.
Clarify my mind.
Don’t sweep my soul away with sinners.
Don’t let bloodthirsty men get the upper hand.
Redeem me and be gracious to me
for Your name’s sake.
Make me a man of integrity and trust,
of faithfulness and truth.
Bleach me; cleanse me with hyssop;
scrub me with Your righteous right hand.
Make me bold to proclaim
and fill me with thanksgiving.
So that I will not be swept away with the wicked.
And You will be glorified with my every breath.
cf. Psalm 26:1-12; Psalm 51:7