In God’s Word I Will Rejoice: A Response to Psalm 56

Psalm 56 is another psalm in which the psalmist frankly confesses his distress and yet, in spite of it all is able to discern and take comfort in God’s presence through his Word:

In God’s word I will rejoice: in the Lord’s word will I comfort me.Yea, in God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.

This moment of renewed trust in the midst of distress was very much a the heart of my personal response in my poem, but I was also deeply moved by verse 8 in the psalm, which discerns how God himself knows and understands what we are going through: “Thou tellest my flittings; put my tears into thy bottle: are not these things noted in thy book?”

If the psalmist felt these things about God’s abiding Word and his compassion, even before the coming of Christ, how much deeper is our assurance, who know that the Word was made flesh and dwelt amongst us!

These poems will all be gathered together and published on January 30th under the title David’s Crown. I am just working on the proofs now and there is already an amazon page for the book if you wish to pre-order it Here

As always you can hear me read the poem by clicking on the title or the ‘play’ button.

LVI Miserere mei, Deus
Assured once more that goodness will prevail,
I praise you for your Word, and trust in you,
Take up my part in the unfinished tale
Of Jesus’ risen life, once more renew
My little role within the coming kingdom.
And though I am afraid Lord, keep me true,
Keep me from giving in, and from the thraldom
Of all this present darkness, from its slave
Mentality and weariness. Your wisdom
Glimmers in me still, sustain and save
Me in your love. You know too well my fears,
My fretful flittings back and forth. Oh lave
And bathe me in your cleansing love, that tears
Themselves might be a balm, until the day
Of our salvation dawns, and Christ appears.

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4 responses to “In God’s Word I Will Rejoice: A Response to Psalm 56

  1. Brigid Smithers

    Hi Malcolm It’s lovely to get your poems most days and read your reflections on the Psalms, saints and anniversaries. I am hoping to be at Lee Abbey in March and meet you in person.- virus/vaccination being in order! I am a little concerned that you regularly use and promote Amazon as I don’t believe they are an ethical company or uphold tax regulations or Christian values. Is there no other way to promote, publish or sell your poetry? I say this in humility and kindness, as I have no idea of world of publishing, but would love to hear your thoughts on this. God bless you always. Brigid Smithers

    • malcolmguite

      Thanks Brigid I’d rather not use Amazon and hope my English readers will use the Church House book shop but Amazon seems like the easiest option for my American readers

  2. David C Brown

    Fine words of grace and comfort.

  3. Alice Hornbeck

    Me too.

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