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.
If you would like to encourage and support this blog, you might like, on occasion, (not every time of course!) to pop in and buy me a cup of coffee. Clicking on this banner will take you to a page where you can do so, if you wish. But please do not feel any obligation!