Listen, God! Please, pay attention! Can you make sense of these ramblings,
my groans and cries? King-God, I need your help.
Every morning you'll hear me at it again. Every morning I lay out the pieces of my life on your altar and watch for fire to descend.
You don't socialize with Wicked, or invite Evil over as your houseguest.
Hot-Air-Boaster collapses in front of you; you shake your head over Mischief-Maker.
God destroys Lie-Speaker; Blood-Thirsty and Truth-Bender disgust you.
And here I am, your invited guest - it's incredible! I enter your house; here I am, prostrate in your inner sanctum,
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)