Deliver Me: a Response To Psalm 59

Psalm 59 is another of those great cries for deliverance, for liberation from evil which occur throughout the psalter. But praying psalms like these must always give the Christian pause for thought. The psalmist here seems pretty sure that the enemy from whom he must be delivered is external, is someone else ‘out there’:

  1. DELIVER me from mine enemies, O God: defend me from them that rise up against me.
  2. O deliver me from the wicked doers: and save me from the blood-thirsty men.
  3. For lo, they lie waiting for my soul: the mighty men are gathered against me, without any offence or fault of me, O Lord.

But for us it is not so clear. We know that the dividing line between good and evil runs, not down some political or national borderline, but right through the centre of every human heart. I cannot say to God that there is ‘no offence or fault in me’, and if I am to be delivered by the saving grace of God then that deliverance needs to start in me and with me before I turn my attention to anyone else, and so that is the turn and tenor of my response to this psalm.

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LIX Eripe me de inimicis

The breach between my practice and my prayer
Exposes me to malice both without
And deep within. I’m only too aware

That I can’t pray this psalm, without some doubt
That I myself might be amongst the ones
Who run around the walls with greedy snout

And grudge if they’re not satisfied. My groans
In prayer to you are sometimes nothing more
Than my own dog’s desire for juicy bones.

Deliver me O Lord, and show me your
Patience and your mercy, set me free
Not from the sins of others, or the score

I sometimes keep of their iniquity,
But from my own deep-seated faults and failings,
From my false self, O Lord, deliver me.

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8 responses to “Deliver Me: a Response To Psalm 59

  1. Alice Hornbeck

    We are taught to look to ourselves first, to search out our own evil, clean our own house. We preoccupy ourselves with ourselves. But there is real evil out there, done by evil people, insideous, hidden in banality. Peoples careers slowly subtly ruined. Or like Floyd George. The exact same thing happened in then 1950s, bar bouncer, choked to death by policeman who worked with him.

    • malcolmguite

      Yes you’re right there is real evil out there that needs to be confronted -I’m simply reflecting that I need to confront it in myself as well

  2. Carolyn Curtis

    Thank you again, Malcolm, for the wonderful job you did with the recent Zoom seminar for the C.S. Lewis Foundation. I enjoyed every minute of your talk!!!


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  3. Sarah S

    Love what you do, thanks

  4. Angela Hall

    Mr Hall – D4
    Mr Guite-?

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