Sunday, October 21, 2007

Psalm 102

Why should I always be positive?
You have extracted from me all that I could tell you.
You have taken me places where I cannot follow.
You have given me things that I cannot fix.

Will the LORD turn to the prayer of the destitute?
I have heard the cry and I have not responded.
Who could understand this if it was not personal?
עִנָּה בַדֶּרֶךְ כֹּחִי
He has humbled in the way my power.

I began drafting this fourth prayer in the book of psalms, thinking that it had happened already so I had nothing to fear. But why would I not fear my own success when it makes me deaf to the cry of the destitute? I make no excuse. The unknown poet has made the point well.


Phil Sumpter said...

Hi Bob, thanks for your thoughts. I hope you don't mind if I ask you a technical question (you can delete this if you don't want the comment) ... How do you get those Hebrew fonts with vowel signs? I can do both in Open Office (I've downloaded the SBL software), but I have no idea how to do that on my blog).

Bob MacDonald said...

Phil - no problem with technical comments. To get the Hebrew characters, I can either copy and paste from a text in unicode or use extended html. Front Page and Firefox and Word if you can find the menu item all support a conversion between the two. I don't have a Hebrew keyboard so actually constructing Hebrew is a painful process that I avoid.

Phil Sumpter said...

Thanks for your help, and thanks for your comments on my blog!