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I Cry To You!

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I Cry To You!

by Volker Schunck

Published by Volker Schunck at Shakespir.com

1st Edition 2017

Copyright 2017 Volker Schunck

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The words of the Lord are pure

like white snow

and shine

like the morning star.

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Copyright

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About me

Preface

Psalm 1

Psalm 3

Psalm 4

Psalm 8

Psalm 11

Psalm 12

Psalm 13

Psalm 22

Psalm 23

Psalm 42

Psalm 46

Psalm 73

Psalm 121

Psalm 150

About me

I live in Dresden, Germany. First I was a merchant, then I studied theology for a few years. Through my engagement with Zen I became aware of the Christian mysticism. Meanwhile I go my own way. Faith is for me not only a world-view but a mode of being.

 

My Christian faith and my experiences in meditation influence my everyday life, in which I try to be attentive. My books arise from this spirit too.

 

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Preface

I know many people who can’t do anything with the bible, but who in spite of that love and honor the psalms. Here people “like you and me” talk, cry, shout, sue, pray and despair, of themselves, of their life situations, of God. That is no smart talk from the pulpit, but here in many texts it is about pure survival.

 

I myself loved the psalms all my life. I cried and hoped with the psalms – and they with me. They gave me words when my voice was chocked by tears, they let me believe, when I was in despair of God.

 

The psalms are not – how you like to say these days – political correct or conform to society, but come directly from the heart of the praying man. They frankly say and mean it so: “Pest and Cholera”, “Death and doom” for the enemies, for the powerful and godless. That is pre-Christian, pre-humanistic, archaic.

Let’s face it, mostly we push it aside, are too good socialized and well-mannered, but in our darkest hours we forget that we are Christians, we forget “Make peace without weapons” and “Love your next”. Then we become wild and uncivilized.

Therefore I have chosen a cover with archetypical symbols and colors. “Wolf”, “Warrior” and “River”, “black” (death), “red” (love, passion), “blue and green” (life). This painting so to speak has been painted “by itself” and the archaic symbols and colors play itself to the gallery. There is a lot in us, what slumbers under our blank polished surface. It still breaks in the Psalms through the surface of the language. When it became too violent for me, I weakened it.

“I cry to you!” is a continuation of “My Psalms”. I added several new Psalms.

 

God bless you, my friends!

 

Yours Volker

 

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Psalm 1

You are lucky, if you life different as they, who mock everything what is holy for you, because they don’t believe in God. Their so called “good” advices have no meaning to you, because you know the bible and God lives in your heart.

You are like a tree, who doesn’t know thirst, because he stands right next to a river. What you do is meaningful and has value and permanence.

 

But they, who don’t believe in God have no anchor in their lives. They are like leaves which the wind blows in all directions. Neither they have permanence in God’s community nor in God’s judgment. God carries the believers in his heart but forgets the godless.

 

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Psalm 3

Oh God, I have so many enemies, so many people are against me! Many say of me: God doesn’t help him. But you, Lord, are my protection, and you give me back my dignity, that I can walk my way upright with my head lifted up.

 

My soul calls to the Lord, you hear me from the beyond of the mountains. I lie and sleep and awake, for I am in your hand. Therefore I am not afraid of my enemies gathering against me.

 

Come on, Lord, help me, my God! Let my enemies run out of breath, that their talking against me is reduced to silence. You help me, Lord. Bless all who believe in you.

 

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Psalm 4

Listen to me when I call to you, God. Lord, you give me justice, and you comfort me in my fear. Be merciful to me and listen to my prayer!

 

You with power, how long do you want to spit in my face? You stroke yourselves in your self-complacent vanity over your overeaten bellies and pervert the facts as you like.

 

But watch out! Don’t underestimate the power of God, who listens to my prayers and protects my ways.

 

My brothers and sisters, if they make you see red, don’t let your anger grow to hatred, but open your hearts in the silence in front of God. If possible, don’t do wrong and hope in the Lord.

 

Many of us have already given up hope that the good will win in the end.

Lord, fill us with your presence, and let your face shine upon us, that we may hope again.

 

The powerful trust in their social position in society, but you fill my heart with joy.

 

So I can sleep peacefully. You alone are my fortress and confidence, what already can people do to me.

 

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Psalm 8

Lord, our God, your glorious name is testified by the glory of creation, the whole heaven praises you!

 

You make the small children and babies powerful by listening to the praise of their mouthes, to ashame your enemies, that the enemies and murderers perish.

 

I’m astonished, when I look to the sky, the moon and the stars, they are the work of your hands. What is the human, that you remember him and that you care about him?

 

You crowned us with the same dignity and glory which you possess by yourself.

 

You put the work of your hands at our feet, we have the responsibility for your creation in our hands: The oceans and regions with all animal and dying species, how fragile is your creation.

 

Lord, our God, how glorious is your name at the whole world!

 

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Psalm 11

I trust the Lord. Your warnings are still in my ears: Fly like a bird to the mountains. Watch, the godless already put their arrows on the arches to kill you underhand. They are ruthless and stick at nothing. They have razed decency and morality, the foundations of human’s life, to the ground. What can I already do against them alone?

 

But God you are in heaven, and you can see in every human’s heart. You prove your believers a lot, but the godless are an aversion for you, because they are egoistic and only look after number one and have forgotten you and their next. They will perish in the storms of life because they do not believe in you.

 

God, you are righteous and love righteousness. When will I finally see your face?

 

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Psalm 12

Help me, Lord! Who still ask for your will, who still believes these days in you at all? They talk trash, they delude each other, these snake tongues.

We set the tone, because we are in authority, God is an illusion.

So the oppressed and poor in society are deluded by the opinion-makers. But especially because of their crying I stand up and help all, who are longing for me, promises God, the Lord.

 

The words of the Lord are pure like white snow and shine like the morning star.

You Lord want to protect them and us too against the oppressors, from eternity to eternity. Because the godlessness is always increasing. Therefore we ask for your shelter. We are in your hand!

 

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Psalm 13

Lord, how long will you still forget me? How long will you still hide your face from me? How long shall still fear and sorrows eat me? How long do my enemies still have the upper hand?

Look at me and listen to me, Lord, you my God! Enlighten my dull eye, because my longing for death eats me, so that my enemies will not become more powerful, and that they can triumph in their malicious joy, that I go under.

But I hope for your mercy, my heart is glad, because it knows, how much you like to help.

I want to sing for you Lord, because you do so good to me.

 

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Psalm 22

My God, my God, why did you leave me? I’m crying, but you are so far away. My God, I cry day and night to you, but you don’t answer.

You are holy, God. Our praises are to little to do justice to you. Already my ancestors trusted in you. They hoped for you and you helped them. They cried to you and you saved them, you didn’t disappoint their hopes.

 

But I, I crawl like a worm in the dirt, all laugh at me and despise me. They blaspheme about me and shake their heads because I still believe in you: “Maybe God can help you, because you have not any other friends.”

 

You gave me my life, and I believe in you for as long as I can remember. Please, don’t hide yourself no longer in front of me, because I suffer agony.

 

They threaten me from all sides and I am in deep water. I crawl on all fours. I can’t defend myself any longer, because I have no more power and my tongue sticks to my palate. They have surrounded me like dogs and try to finalize me. They lick greedily their lips because of the little I still have to survive.

 

But fortunately you are still there, Lord, quickly, come and help me, you are my strength! Don’t let my soul break in loneliness, save me from the loan sharks and cutthroats.

 

Look all at me, such is my God. I am one of the poorest, but God has shown me his face and has opened his ears for me. My misery has touched him. The whole world shall hear my praise.

 

I wish Lord, that you help all the poor as well as me, and that you liberate them from their misery. They shall eat until they are satisfied that they praise you, Lord, and live forever.

 

But not only his people and the poor humans will praise God, but all the godless and all rich men all over the world will bend their knees in front of him and worship him. God’s kingdom embraces the whole world. One will speak of his justice from generation to generation until the end of time.

 

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Psalm 23

You are my shepherd, I will miss nothing. The water tastes sweeter and the grass is greener in your presence, Lord.

You let laugh my soul, and because you are you, your way is good.

When my tent was nearly torn, I was not afraid, you were as close to me as never before.

I don’t care about my enemies. Because you bless me, I cannot hate.

I have experienced your plenty all my life, until I see you face to face.

 

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Psalm 42

Like a human who is dying of thirst, my heart is crying to you, God.

My heart is thirsty for God, the living God. When do I finally meet you face to face? My tears are my daily bread, because my enemies always ask me: Where is your God?

When I realize that, my heart is crying, for I’m longing for my friends at home. Together with them I want to praise you in the service. Here I’m foreign.

 

My heart, why are you so sad, why do you worry so much?

Trust in God! For I will still thank him, that he is with me and helps me.

 

My God, my heart is sad, for I must constantly think of you here in the outland. I’m going down here, I‘m drowning in sadness. Nevertheless: You promised me your goodness, and at night I pray to you God, you my life. God you are my rock, why have you forgotten me? Why do you allow, that my enemies make me such sad? They mellow me, when they ask me daily: Where is your God?

 

My heart, why are you so sad, why do you worry so much? Trust in God! For I will still thank him, that he is with me and helps me.

 

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Psalm 46

God is my refuge and strength. He helped me very often, when I had a lot of trouble. Therefore I’m not afraid, even if the world goes down and I’m in deep water.

God lives in me, therefore I needn’t to be afraid. My heart is grounded in God. God already helps me in the early morning.

They, who don’t know God, get discouraged and don’t have inner stability.

God helps me and protects me. Come all here, be still and know God.

 

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Psalm 73

Every day they nag me about their offers. I subscribed to their newsletters in my foolishness. But my feet had almost stumbled, my steps had nearly slipped. By day my steps lead me to Ikea, Best Buy and Wal-Mart. By night I lie awake and dream what I’ll buy next. You cover me in illusions and make yourself indispensible. Daily I am annoyed by your temptations. I am worthless piecemeal without the latest technological achievements. I hide my face full of shame. Your eyes weigh heavily on me, because I don’t have a cell phone. I was confused and didn’t know what to do. I was on the verge to get lost in my own nothingness. I sought the silence. I powered down the computer and pulled the plug of TV. I just sat there and felt the clutter of numbers ended in smoke. I was thankful, that I had air to breathe and a place where I could sit still, and a peace that was greater than any greedy must-have, spread inside me.

 

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Psalm 121

I raise my eyes and look up to the mountains.

I know from up there beyond the mountains my help is coming.
My help comes from God who made the earth and the sky.
I remember.
He will not let me slip. God does not sleep but protects me.
The Lord protects me in the heat of the life. His goodness lets me keep a clear head.

Lord, protect me with body and soul. As you went along with me in the past, be with me in the New Year and bless what I do forever.

 

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Psalm 150

Hallelujah! Praise the Lord in heaven, praise him in all his power!

I praise you for your deeds, I praise you Lord, because you are very beautiful.

Praise him with drums and trumpets, praise him with songs and prayers.

Praise him with your deeds, praise him all days. Every soul praise the Lord! Hallelujah!

 

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I Cry To You!

The psalms are not - how you like to say these days - political correct or conform to society, but come directly from the heart of the praying man. They frankly say and mean it so: “Pest and Cholera”, “Death and doom” for the enemies, for the powerful and godless. That is pre-Christian, pre-humanistic, archaic. Let’s face it, mostly we push it aside, are too good socialized and well-mannered, but in our darkest hours we forget that we are Christians, we forget “Make peace without weapons” and “Love your next”. Then we become wild and uncivilized. "I cry to you!" is a continuation of "My Psalms". I added several new Psalms.

  • ISBN: 9781370012428
  • Author: Volker Schunck
  • Published: 2017-02-26 07:20:10
  • Words: 2592
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