Posted by: 1of10boyz | May 11, 2014

A Psalm


The Book of Psalms, (Hebrew: תְּהִלִּים or תהילים; Tehillim; lit. “Praises”), commonly referred to simply as Psalms, is the first book of the “Writings”, the third section of the Hebrew Bible. The English title is from the Greek translation, ψαλμοί psalmoi, meaning “instrumental music” and, by extension, “the words accompanying the music. It is also a rather challenging section of the Old Testament to read without falling asleep in my opinion.

I had the chance to learn a little about myself this weekend when I was challenged by Susan Gong to write my own Psalm. I was attending a small meeting of Mormons, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Qingdao where we were fortunate enough to sit with Gerrit W. Gong, a member the First Quorum of Seventy of the Church’s General Authorities who is assigned as the President of the Asia Area. Elder Gong and his wife Susan were the keynote speakers for this small meeting.

Sister Gong did a little exercise related to the Psalms as part of her presentation where she read us several of the Psalms and talked about how they should be able to help us. This exercise also challenged us to write our own Psalm. I personally hate these kinds of exercises in training and meetings because, well, I suck at them. I am not a spur of the moment kind of thinker, though my comments are often that way and it shows. I have learned that I need a little more time to feel comfortable with my thoughts being expressed on paper and would be better served if I held that same reserve with the words that come out of my mouth but that is story for another day.

I didn’t want to just ignore her so I followed along with the process and began to write my own Psalm. Gratefully she provided a template that is based on the model that is so common in these writings. She also gave us a few minutes to work with this template to see what we could come up with. Her template is provided as follows:

Praise ye the Lord

For He hath shown __________

And _________

The Lord is my ______________

And I will _______________

You can see the similarities I am sure with Psalm 23. Not a lot to go on but it looked like an exercise that I could at least attempt. I know it is not as good as those that have been recorded in the works of scripture but then I am not King David with the sorrows that he had to live with knowing how far he had fallen. So here is the First Psalm of Jerry.

Praise ye the Lord

For He hath shown me patience in my shortcomings

And allowed me to learn to be patient with others

The Lord is my pillar of solace and my staff of love

And I will nurture others and help them to learn of His love for them.

I found the result of this little attempt to be exciting. You can see I still think much about what I have learned about patience. The results aren’t too bad given the writer and all of his faults. Given the template from above what would you write for your Psalm?

Given that it is Mother’s Day, what would be the Psalm that you would write to your Mother?

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