I lie down to sleep; if I should awaken, my Beloved is there
This Psalm is read from Psalms for Praying by Nan Merrill
Nan says “Psalms for Praying is in no way meant to be replace the well-loved, still meaningful, and historically important Psalms of the Hebrew Scripture. May it stand as a companion, a dialogue, if you will, of one age speaking with a later age. May it serve as an invitation to listen to the Voice of Silence that speaks within your own soul.”
O Beloved, how numerous are my fears!
They rise up within me whispering
there is no help for you.
Yet You, O Beloved, radiate Love
around me, my glory;
gratitude becomes my song,
When I cry out to You,
You answer within my heart.
I lie down to sleep; if I should
awaken, my Beloved is there
holding me with strength
I feel secure.
Now, I shall forgive all illusions
that my ego tries to build.
For my courage is in You, O Love,
You who are the Lover hidden
in every heart.
Rise up, Love! Set me free!
For through your guidance,
my fears will fade into love.
Free from fear, I will know
the Oneness of Being that
I shall be free to serve Love
with a glad and open heart.