As this morning breaks through,
I am looking to you to strengthen me.
my ache is deep for you;
my soul and my body are stretched to
so desperate for you.
I am fixed on you intensely,
right there – in your holy place.
Radiant in strength,
Centered, grounded in your glory.
The beauty of this life
cannot even claim a closeness
to the lavish presence of your love.
I can never complete
what is more than an entire lifetime of praise,
with my arms and hands
reaching out to you.
All night long, I am awake,
tossing and consumed
with the memory of you –
it fills my night.
You always help me,
and I am here beneath your wings,
lost in my rejoicing;
I am clinging to you,
knowing that your right hand
will sustain me
while the ground churns and turns beneath me,
Keeping me safe.
--Psalm 63, adapted by Catholic composer David Haas,
copyright 2016, 2017.