But then I remember

I have intermittent internet access in my office.  Yesterday, it was mostly non-connected.  I finally began this at 8:30 last night.  Then I had to take a non-expected long distance phone call.  Just to let you know, I really am trying to post. 🙂

I picked up a book at the library–a children’s book–called Psalms for Young Children.  I’m usually wary of “paraphrased” scripture books for children.  I think it’s better to just expose them to the Word of God directly.  On the other hand, I have found concepts so brilliantly distilled in books for children.  So this book caught my attention.  The first page says: “This selection of Psalms, paraphrased for young readers, uses language and imagery appropriate for children while remaining faithful to the spirit of the biblical texts.”

Psalm 13

Sometimes when I’m very sad,
I worry that you will
forget about me, God.
But then I remember that
you love me always.
So I will sing and be happy!

Derek Kidner, in his commentary on the psalms, points out that in almost every psalm in which the psalmist is complaining of trials and hardships, there comes a turning point, a “but” point, when the attitude of the psalmist changes.  One can see that point so clearly in this rendition of Psalm 13.  May it be an encouragement to any of you who are worrying that God will forget about you.  May you remember that He does love you always, and may a song rise in your hearts.

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