I recently looked at Psalm 145 and discovered that it is an alphabetic Psalm. I hadn’t realised this before, but each verse begins with the next letter of the Hebrew alphabet. So there are 22 verses – well there are in Common Worship, the Book of Common Prayer and King James version of the Bible only have 21 because of the source they used missed one out. The missing verse is:
The Lord is Faithful in all his words,
and gracious in all his deeds. (Psalm 145: 13 – NRSV; v14 Common Worship)
As a spiritual challenge, I decided to see if I could write an alphabetic prayer and this was the result. (There are one or two displays of poetic licence and I’ve used the Greek letter χ, the first letter of Christ, in place of ‘X’.)
Bringer of hope to all in darkness,
Confirm our trust in your providence.
Drive out our fears
Even when all seems lost.
Forgive us when we falter.
Give strength as we face this hour.
Heal the sick,
Inspire your people to live
Justly, that your
Kingdom may be proclaimed.
Liberate all held in oppressions of mind or violence.
Move between us in love, that
No one may be excluded
Or shut out of this embrace.
Preserve us in peace,
Quench our thirsting from the spring of life,
Restore us in the image of your purpose and
Sanctify us by your Holy Spirit,
That we may rejoice with thankful hearts.
Unite us in common cause, for the true
Victory is yours alone.
Welcome us to your eternal home through
χhrist our Lord; for to
You alone is praise and glory due in the new
Zion and through all eternity. Amen.
© Ian Black 2017