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  • Writer's pictureAllison Wilcox

Satisfy us in the morning

So teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart.

Turn, O Lord! How long? Have compassion on your servants! Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, so that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Make us glad as many days as you have afflicted us, and as many years as we have seen evil. Let your work be manifest to your servants, and your glorious power to their children. Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and prosper for us the work of our hands— O prosper the work of our hands! ~ Psalm 90:12-17

I'm going to cheat a little bit today.

Sometimes all that's needed from a Psalm is to enter into the emotion of that Psalm. Sometimes there isn't much to say beyond what the words already convey.

And sometimes, the person who does that better than anyone is Eugene Peterson in his The Message Bible. Peterson understood how language informs our understanding and how the Bible should be accessible to us in terms of that language.

So, I decided to see how Eugene Peterson translated this Psalm. See if it makes you as feel as connected to the words as it did to me!

Oh! Teach us to live well!

Teach us to live wisely and well!

Come back, God—how long do we have to wait?—

and treat your servants with kindness for a change.

Surprise us with love at daybreak;

then we’ll skip and dance all the day long.

Make up for the bad times with some good times;

we’ve seen enough evil to last a lifetime.

Let your servants see what you’re best at—

the ways you rule and bless your children.

And let the loveliness of our Lord, our God, rest on us,

confirming the work that we do.

Oh, yes. Affirm the work that we do!*


* Copyright: Eugene Peterson, The Message, 2018

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