Jehovah–Helech ‘Olam: God Is Forever
Lord, You have been the place of comfort for me. Before the mountains were born, before You gave birth to the earth and the world, forever and ever, You were God. A thousand years in Your eyes are like yesterday or like the hours of the night.
You know my sin and have set each wrongdoing before You. My secret sins are illuminated in the light of Your face. All my days pass away in the midst of Your anger. I will finish my years with a quiet cry. The days of my life are short, maybe seventy or eighty if I have the strength to carry on. Sometimes it seems the best of my days are only hard work and sorrow. Oh, how I long for Your mercy and forgiveness.
Rise up, O Lord! Lift up Your hand, O God. Do not forget me. You have heard my prayers. Give strength to my heart and listen to my petitions. For You, O Lord, are King forever and ever.
Teach me to understand. Give me a heart of wisdom so that I may give back to You. Teach me to live well so I may experience happiness. Teach me to live wisely! Fill me every morning with Your loving kindness so I may sing for joy and dance all the day long. Let me see Your best works and the ways You rule and bless Your children. Let Your loveliness rest on me, confirming Your work in me.