What a Savior
For the Pure and Shining One
King David’s poetic song
1-2O God in Zion, to you even silence is praise!
You who answers prayer, # 65:1–2 The root of the Hebrew word for “prayer” is palal, which also means “tent peg.” Jewish tradition views palal prayer (intercession) as a means of attaching yourself to God. In the same way a tent peg establishes a tent and fastens it securely, so palal prayer fastens the soul to God. Palal prayer is when you grab hold of God and attach yourself to him in surrender and humility. Hold on to God like a tent peg holds on to a tent.
all of humanity comes before you with their requests.
3Though we are overcome by our many sins,
your sacrifice covers over them all.
4How blessed is the one you choose
to live near you in your courts.
The beauty of your house, your holy temple, satisfies us.
5You answer our prayers with amazing wonders
and with awe-inspiring displays of power.
You are the righteous God who helps us like a father.
Everyone everywhere looks to you,
for you are the confidence of all the earth,
even to the farthest islands of the sea.
6What jaw-dropping, astounding power is yours!
You are the mountain maker who sets them all in place.
7You muzzle the roar of the mighty seas
and the rage of mobs with their noisy riots.
8O God, to the farthest corners of the planet
people will stand in awe,
startled and stunned by your signs and wonders.
Sunrise brilliance and sunset beauty
both take turns singing their songs of joy to you.
9Your visitations of glory bless the earth; # 65:9 The Septuagint reads “You’ve made the earth drunk with your visitations.”
the rivers of God overflow and enrich it.
You paint the wheat fields golden as you provide rich harvests.
10Every field is watered with the abundance of rain—
showers soaking the earth and softening its clods,
causing seeds to sprout throughout the land.
11You crown the earth with the fruits of your goodness.
Wherever you go, the tracks of your chariot wheels drip with oil.
12Luxuriant green pastures boast of your bounty
as you make every hillside blossom with joy.
13The grazing meadows are covered with flocks,
and the fertile valleys are clothed with grain,
each one dancing and shouting for joy, creation’s celebration!
They’re all singing their songs of praise to you!