We have come to an important milestone or staging post in our journey through the psalms: 50! A third of the way through! So I thought I’d take this occasion to confirm that this collection of responses to the psalms will indeed be coming out as a book next year, published by Canterbury Press under the title ‘David’s Crown: Sounding the Psalms’. As you will see from the picture above Rebecca Merry, who did the cover art for Sounding the Seasons has also made some beautiful art work for the new book. So do look out for it.there is already a page for pre-orders here.
Psalm 50 gives us a glimpse of God’s beauty and majesty as it glimmers already through the light and beauty of the world:
THE Lord, even the most mighty God, hath spoken: and called the world, from the rising up of the sun unto the going down thereof.
Out of Sion hath God appeared: in perfect beauty.
But it also promises a greater presence when he shall come in the fulness of his glory to bring justice at last to the earth:
Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: there shall go before him a consuming fire, and a mighty tempest shall be stirred up round about him.
He shall call the heaven from above: and the earth, that he may judge his people.
These themes added a sense of joy and promise to my poem. You can press the ‘play’ button to hear me read it
L Deus deorum
Your heart’s in heaven, keep your treasure there,
For Heaven itself is coming to the earth!
Our God is coming, and he will appear
In perfect beauty. All these pangs of birth
Will turn to joy as our whole world is born
Again in him. The pain, the want, the dearth,
The dark, will vanish in that rising dawn,
And all the creatures on a thousand hills:
People and beasts and birds, that holy morn,
Will join in one dawn chorus. Glory spills
Already from beneath that glad horizon
And even now you hear his voice. He calls
You through your conscience, and your reason,
He calls you through your deep imagination
He calls you to discern his time and season.
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