(based on Psalm 19, CEB)
One: The Lord’s instruction is perfect,
reviving one’s very being.
All: But we chafe at instruction and perfection,
preferring to give you our instructions.
One: The Lord’s laws are faithful, making naive people wise.
All: But so often we think your way is naïve
compared to our own human wisdom.
One: The Lord’s regulations are right, gladdening the heart.
All: It seems strange to think of regulation
bringing gladness, so we go our own way.
One: The Lord’s commands are pure, giving light to the eyes.
They are more desirable than gold—
than tons of pure gold!—
and they are sweeter than honey—
even dripping off the honeycomb!
All: Forgive us, God, for wanting gold and honey
more than we desire You.
Forgive us, God, for preferring darkness to your light.
Forgive us, God,
for closing our ears and eyes to your word.
One: No doubt about it: your servant is enlightened by them;
there is great reward in keeping them.
All: Turn us again to your way,
that we may hear and follow you. Amen.
Submitted by Rev. Teri Peterson, Ridgefield-Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church, Crystal Lake IL.