Restoring default settings

There is a deep cry in my heart,
so deep,
to know You and love You like never before,
a cry so deep I had almost ceased to hear it,
muffled under layers of trivia
till only the keenest senses could detect it,
to know and love You like never before.
And for so long, to peel away each layer
and set free my heart’s cry
has felt too much, too vulnerable,
layer by layer to peel away
all that distracts me from You.
Can I bear to be so exposed
as to love and be loved, know and be known?
And yet I have been slowly dying,
cluttered up with things
which somehow protect me from my Protector
and suffocate me from the One
who is my Life.
And if I peel back these layers one by one
my resolve may falter
before the job is half-done.
But when I knelt
and offered You my life again
You pressed the reset button,
restored the default settings,
the settings that connect me directly to You,
deleting everything I have downloaded
that has overwritten Your programme.
You create in me a clean heart, O God;
You renew a right spirit within me.

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