Anti-Psalm 131

Devotional

Psalm 131 reads:

O Lord, my heart is not lifted up;

my eyes are not raised too high;

I do not occupy myself with things

too great and too marvelous for me.

But I have calmed and quieted my soul,

like a weaned child with its mother;

like a weaned child is my soul within me.

O Israel, hope in the Lord

from this time forth and forevermore. (Psalm 131, ESV)

If you take Psalm 131 and rewrite each clause in its basically opposite form, you get an anti-psalm. Here is my example:

O Lord, my heart is swollen up with pride;

My eyes dart around in anger;

I am obsessed and consumed

with matters I cannot understand.

I am full of doubts and questions, I am in turmoil with no rest until I get my answers,

Like a child crossing his arms in rebellion against his mother;

Like a child screaming is my soul within me.

O fellow strugglers, we have no hope

All is darkness and despair, from this time forth, and forevermore.

Read them both and take your pick. I know my choice. I choose hope.

(By: Nicolas Alford)

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