Modern Day Psalms

The Spirituality Group at WLM Seymour Place spent some time in July 2013 looking at the Psalms in the Bible.  They noted that in many ways this was the song, poem and prayer book of people of Israel. They noted that all human emotion is represented in the Psalms and took heart from the fact that the psalms cried out to God with questions and complaints as well as praise.

The group worked together to create two psalms of its own speaking from the context of being current or former rough sleepers.  The first of these, following the pattern found in some of the Hebrew Psalms took the form of an acrostic based on the English alphabet; the second takes the form of a psalm of lament.

Acrostic Psalm

Annoying to be a rough sleeper
Boredom can set in!
Creativity is killed
Despair takes over
Enough is enough!
Feelings of failure in society.
God where are you?
Housing is unfair in the UK
It is easy to be isolated
Justice is lacking.
Knowledge of day to day struggles is unknown to our leaders
Life becomes cheap.
Make them understand –
No one wants this life.
Only the strong survive –
Purpose is the way to start.
Question everything,
Rest not,
Shout aloud -
The transgressions of the opulent.
Understand this
Will be ours!
Xpect and hope,
Your dreams must not die
Zealously work for change!


Psalm of lament

God who seems to have two faces:
Blind and wicked spirit of heaven;
Blessing and wondrous spirit above;

Why is life a lottery?
Why is it that some have more and others have less?
Some people have no one to love them.
How can life be balanced?
Should you reap what you sow?
What does equality mean?

We are not all the same.
People who have wealth should share and use it .
Everyone should be able to have treats.

The poles are melting,
Greed is destroying things.
We need to live in harmony.
Does anyone care?

Send us angels of mercy.
Enable people to build themselves up.
Let us not give up
but look to the future.

May we begin where we are in small ways,
Persevere through the new challenges,
Keep hope alive.


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