Psalm 20 opens with an act of pure blessing. You could speak it over someone and bless them with it, and the crown of that blessing comes in verse 4:
Grant thee thy heart’s desire: and fulfil all thy mind.
The response to this psalm, in my sequence ‘David’s Crown’ is also written as a blessing, and at its core is the idea that the deepest desires of our hearts might lead us on to God, the one whom, in the end,we most deeply desire. A theme CS Lewis explores so beautifully in both Pilgrim’s Regress’ and Surprised by Joy. So I hope you enjoy this poem and receive it as a blessing spoken over you for good.
As always you can hear me read the poem by clicking on the play button or the title and you can find the other poems in this evolving series by putting the word ‘psalms’ into the search box on the right.
All given for your growth, and your delight,
All flowing for you from his sanctuary.
Even before you enter in, his light
Is blessing you. May mystery
Still draw you on, arouse your heart’s desire,
And may each glimpse become epiphany.
May brief sparks blaze into a Holy fire
Whose light and warmth illuminate your mind.
And may some scent and sense of heaven inspire
Your thoughts and words. May everything remind
You of your Lord that you may put your trust
Entirely in his name, not in the blind
Dependence of this world, whose weapons rust
Into the soul and and kill it from within,
But may you find in Christ, riches and rest.