Yesterday I wrote about how different translations of the Bible make a difference to how we read things. Some people always read the same version or have views on the accuracy of some translations. A number of writers have written modern versions of the Psalms. This morning I joined the Methodist Diaconal Order’s morning prayer online. The Warden of the Order read Nan C. Merrill’s version of Psalm 74 from Psalms for Praying: An Invitation to Wholeness. The particular phrase which hit me as I listened was “I am a prisoner in my own being”. Having been struck by that phrase, I think I need to find time to reflect on why it hit me; am I in some way such a prisoner; what might God be saying to me?
The Message is the Bible in contemporary language. I share below its version of the well-known text relating to nothing separating us from the love of God. Perhaps something new while strike you upon which you might like to ponder.
“So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture:
They kill us in cold blood because they hate you.
We’re sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one.
None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.” (Romans 8: 31-39 from The Message)