— Midweek Meditations: thoughts, inspiration and encouragement from ACF community members —
These are the first of David’s well-known words. Written by a shepherd boy out in the wilderness, they talk about his very personal way of relating to God, using images he was surrounded by each and every day.
This past Sunday at children’s church we talked about this most famous Psalm of all – one that countless people have loved and clung onto throughout the millennia. The ACF kids know and love this poem too, yet during our conversation we realised, that none of us had ever stayed with a flock of sheep. (And I guess, not many of you have either!) David’s world is not ours.
“What could we compare God to?”, we asked ourselves. “What aspects of our own lives remind us of him?” A library! A house that gives shelter! A torch in the darkness! A strong boxer! A rocket! … As we were collecting images the idea was born to have a go at writing our very own Psalm. And so we did!
Here it is, for you to enjoy, pray with, cling onto, love and maybe even write a tune to…
Have you ever tried writing a Psalm? Go ahead! If kids aged four to ten managed, then so can you! And once you have done so, keep your Psalm to cherish, let it help you guide your prayers and if you want to, share it with others. It might be a blessing to them too.