Until this tyranny be over-past: a response to psalm 57

Psalm 57 continues the theme of 56, a theme of finding refuge in God against the passing storms of this world, and also has the image of wings, but this time the wings are not the wings of a dove to lift us but the comforting wings of God himself to overshadow and shelter us:

BE MERCIFUL unto me, O God, be merciful unto me, for my soul trusteth in thee: and under the shadow of thy wings shall be my refuge, until this tyranny be over-past

The psalm ends with a vision of God’s glory in heaven and a call to us to sing even now from within the vision of that glory, something I have also reflected in my poem.

As usual you can here me read the poem by clicking on the  title or the ‘play’ button

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

LVII Miserere mei, Deus

Until salvation dawns, and Christ appears,
Until this tyranny be over-past,
Your wings will cover us and calm our fears.

So fix our hearts upon the joys that last,
That even though we walk amidst the fire,
Where threats and taunts and curses are still cast

To drag us down, instead we will rise higher
In your great mercy, lifted into heaven,
The mountain country of the heart’s desire,

The country where our sins are all forgiven.
And there we’ll sing and praise you every morning.
Though darkness still dwells here, the clouds are riven

By lightning strikes of grace. Though here I’m mourning,
Already in your kingdom my heart dances,
And even here I’ll sing, for day is dawning.

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2 responses to “Until this tyranny be over-past: a response to psalm 57

  1. That feels so apt for the current global situation of the Covd-19 pandemic and has come to me as a great encouragement today. Thankyou. I look forward to the publication of ‘Davids’ Crown’.

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