Sing in unison to the Most High, our strength; shout for joy and join the celebration!
Psalm 81 from Nan Merrill’s Psalms for Praying.
Sing in unison to the Most High,
shout for joy and join the
Raise a song, sound the great bells,
the flute and the harp.
Blow the trumpet at the new moon,
at the full moon and on all
the feast days.
Sing in gratitude to he Great Hunter,
to the One who seeks out
Give thanks in the congregations that
the Good News may be heard
throughout the land.
I hear a Voice I have come to know:
“I relieve your shoulder of the
your spirit is free to create.
In distress when you call, I come
I answer you in the secret place
of your heart;
I invite you to the grace
Hear, O my people, while I caution you!
O, dear friends, if you would but
Do not make of riches and ambition a
do not become puffed up with pride
I am your very breath; I have been
with you from the beginning.
Open your heart wide, and
I shall fill it.”
Who among you will listen to the voice
of the Beloved?
How many will open their heart?
All you too stubborn to hear,
who follow you own counsel,
will know fear and loneliness.
“Oh that my people wold listen,
that, as friends, you would
walk in my ways!
Your fears would soon flee and
your hearts would overflow.
You, who turn your backs on Love,
will know only momentary pleasure,
your reward will soon be spent.
I would satisfy your hunger,
and, with streams of Living Water,
you would live in the joy
of heaven here on earth!”