Bring Me To Thy Holy Hill: A Response To Psalm 43

Oh Jesus, show me once again the path out of my sadness

In many respects psalm 43 is a direct continuation of psalm 42, indeed some editions run them together, so this pairing of psalm 41/42 is a good place for my choice of the ‘corona’ form for this sequence of poems in which the last line of each poem forms the first line of the next, and at the end of my response to 43 I return to the image of the living waters which was central to my poem on psalm 42

As usual you can hear me read the poem by pressing the ‘play’ button if it appears, or else by clicking on the title. For the other poems in my psalm series type the word ‘psalm’ into the search box on the right.

XLIII Judica me, Deus

Shucked of the husk of all my wasted years

I long to step forth, free of all encumbrance

To set aside the heaviness, the tears,

 

The sin that clings so close, the doleful hindrance

Of resentment and regret, to let them go

Roll them below the cross, as Christian once

 

Did in his pilgrim’s progress. Then I‘d know

A lighter step once more, the joy and gladness

The psalmist longs for here. Oh Jesus, show

 

Me once again the path out of my sadness

And set my steps back on your holy hill,

Send out your light and truth to be my witness

 

And since I cannot climb by my own will

Abide with me and be my will, my strength,

The living fountain whence I drink my fill.

 

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8 responses to “Bring Me To Thy Holy Hill: A Response To Psalm 43

  1. eleanor h prugh

    Here’s where you got me, Malcolm. “And do not fear the memory of sin … ”
    That line and the whole poem from which it is excerpted (so powerful) leapt into my soul when I read it a year ago in a Sunday Bulletin of a beloved church that I only occasionally am able to visit. (And not at all presently.) It was a few months before I found you (who is this poet/person?) and your blog. Since then I have become a follower. This poem on Psalm 43 brings back my original introduction to you, very beautifully.

    • malcolmguite

      Thanks Eleanor, I sometimes wonder how and where people start reading my poetry so it’s good to hear your story

  2. Carol Congalton

    Love this! Not a single word is found wanting but each has its impact. This impacts me personally in my own walk with JESUS. Wonderful and eloquent…

  3. However long the path of your sadness, Jesus will lead you out of it in his good time.
    Thank you for your faithful blog: day by day asource of blessing to me.

  4. I think much sadness is a result of the COVID isolation. As Christians, we need each other. As citizens we need to be back to work, back to school and back to church. I miss the hugs, the closeness of fellowship and studying God’s word together. I believe you are right–God will lead us out of this despair, just as He has done before. God bless you.

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