New Perspective: a Response to Psalm 25

The wide skies Speak of his mercy, and the distant hills Stand in his steadfast love

We resume our poetic journey through the psalms and come today to psalm 25, a little landmark and staging post, exactly one sixth of the way through the psalter. It’s a good psalm for pausing on the journey, taking stock, getting a good view of the way ahead for psalm 25 is all about putting earthly life in the heavenly perspective. I particularly like the line in verse 14:

Mine eyes are ever looking unto the Lord: for he shall pluck my feet out of the net.

If I look down too often at my own tangles they get more tangled still whereas if I look up to Christ and trust him, he can gradually do some of the untangling for me, a theme I have developed in my response to this psalm.

As we reflect at this staging post, can I say a big thank you to everyone who has supported me me with a friendly ‘cup of coffee’ over the past month or so. It’s been very encouraging, and as a result I feel much more secure going forward into my new life as full-time poet. But can I also add that although the ‘buy me a coffee’ button is there for anyone to use at the end of these posts, there is absolutely no obligation, and it need only be an occasional thing. These posts themselves will of course always be absolutely free to all. (you can read more about the whole coffee thing and why I started it on this previous post)

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XXV Ad te, Domine, levavi

The gates will open for us both, look up!

I hear that voice each day when I’m downcast

I hear it when I’ve almost lost my hope


And now, when I’m entangled by my past,

My feet are netted by necessity,

Snared in the traps of time that bind so fast,


My eyes turned downward, dimmed by what they see,

I hear that voice again and raise my eyes

And he untangles me and sets me free.


He alters my perspective. The wide skies

Speak of his mercy, and the distant hills

Stand in his steadfast love and make me wise


In his simplicity, and all my ills

Diminish and recede to their true size.

That I may find my peace in all he wills.


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11 responses to “New Perspective: a Response to Psalm 25

  1. Dear Malcolm Thanks for your insight into the Psalms. I follow the Lectionary (or try to) but always struggle with the Psalms. I find them distant and anachronistic, yet I’m aware that so many people over millennia gain a great deal from them. By focussing on an aspect and opening it up to modern ears (in such wonderful verse), you are breathing new life into them.

    I presume you will be making this Psalm Corona into a book. I like to see how your language resonates with the original that you follow. May I suggest that you include that version with each poem, or at least a relevant section of the Psalm.

    Thanks for virtually dropping by every day.

    Margaret Roberts


    • malcolmguite

      Thanks Margaret. Yes it will indeed be a book coming out next year. My publisher thinks including the whole text of all the psalms as well as the poems will make it too bulky but I will probably preface each poem with a relevant verse in the Coverdale translation

  2. Jean Hall-Armstrong

    Thank you Malcolm.


  3. Hello! I have followed you on facebook since meeting you at Kindlingsfest on Orcas Island and finally clued in to the fact that I should find you here on WordPress. Thanks for bringing a little bit of the UK here to me in Minnesota – as well, of course, as bringing the Word and your lovely poetry. 🙂

  4. Nice to have the link to your response to Psalm 24 here .. since that is the phrase I copied next to Psalm 24 early this morning from recall and then thought how did Malcolm respond to Psalm 25? Thank you

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