Psalm of Renewal

Shortly after starting this blog (over 5 years ago… what?!) I wrote a Psalm of Surrender. It was based on my Word of the Year at the time, ‘freedom.’

I chose the word ‘renew’ for 2021. After a couple of tough years where I felt like I was constantly battling to focus on truth, I looked forward to renewing my mind. I desired to center my thoughts on whatever is lovely and fall more deeply in love with Jesus. So far, it’s been a really sweet year.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Philippians 4:8 (ESV)

To celebrate, here’s my Psalm of Renewal:

I will read the stories on wrinkled pages

with eyes opened wide.

I will sing to the LORD a familiar song

with a new and steady voice.

I will recite the truths of old

and let them settle on fresh ears–

on my own, and on my children’s.

When I am tempted to turn away,

to change my course,

to hide by the wayside:

I will seek out the well-worn path.

I count it a joy and an honor

to be adopted into the family of faith,

to take my place in a lineage of saints.

The LORD is a good Father

a kind friend

a present comfort


yet I will never be the same.

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