The God-rebel tunes in to sedition - all ears, eager to sin. He has no regard for God, he stands insolent before him.
He has smooth-talked himself into believing That his evil will never be noticed.
Words gutter from his mouth, dishwater dirty. Can't remember when he did anything decent.
Every time he goes to bed, he fathers another evil plot. When he's loose on the streets, nobody's safe. He plays with fire and doesn't care who gets burned.
God's love is meteoric, his loyalty astronomic,
His purpose titanic, his verdicts oceanic. Yet in his largeness nothing gets lost; Not a man, not a mouse, slips through the cracks.
How exquisite your love, O God! How eager we are to run under your wings,
To eat our fill at the banquet you spread as you fill our tankards with Eden spring water.
You're a fountain of cascading light, and you open our eyes to light.
Keep on loving your friends; do your work in welcoming hearts.
Don't let the bullies kick me around, the moral midgets slap me down.
Send the upstarts sprawling flat on their faces in the mud.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)