Lord, you have poured out blessings on your people!
You have guided & been good to us all the way.
You forgave us our many sins,
You forgave us our stupid mistakes,
You forgave us our poor leadership,
You forgave us our petty controversies & more.
You held back Your fury
From time to time, I’m sure, You held back Your laughter.
Now restore us again, O God of our salvation.
As You have done before,
Please once more lay aside what we deserve
Shower on us what Your love decrees.
Revive us again & we will be careful
to thank You & celebrate Your goodness.
Show us Your unfailing love, O Lord,
Grant us Your salvation.
We will listen carefully to You,
We will lean in to catch Your whispers,
We watch Your face closely to pick up on Your signals.
Speak peace to us
Make us Your faithful people.
Speak wisdom & victory & righteousness in us
Your salvation is near us
Make us fear You in complete awe,
Fill us with Your glory.
You are unfailing love
Your are uncompromising truth.
In Your presence is righteousness & peace!
In Your presence, truth springs up
like crocuses from the earth,
From You righteousness beams down
like starshine from heaven.
Pour down Your blessings.
Pour out Your bounty.
Send on us a bountiful harvest,
Let us tell to all the news of your kindness.
Psalms 85 paraphrased