Set Me Up Upon The Rock: A Response To Psalm 61

The Words of Psalm 61 Once more speak directly into our crisis, as people suffer from one end of the earth to the other:

From the ends of the earth will I call upon thee: when my heart is in heaviness.

O set me up upon the rock that is higher than I: for thou hast been my hope, and a strong tower for me against the enemy.

And that prayer is as relevant as ever. We can’t deal with this in our own strength, our self-made foundations are unstable, but we can be lifted up on to the firm rock of Christ and his love, a rock that has already proved itself to be stronger than death. For me, in my poetic response, that prayer to be lifted up is a prayer for liberation: freedom from the traps of time, a radical new assessment of our worth, that has nothing to do with all the game-plans and achievements that we have made into false measures of human worth.

As always you can hear me read the psalm 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

LXI Exaudi, Deus

Hear us, we cry, and once more, make us glad
From every corner of the earth we call.
From heavy hearts, from weary souls and sad

Our cry ascends towards your holy hill:
Oh lift us up and set us on the rock,
On something higher than our wavering will,

And free us from the traps of time: the clock
That counts us down to nothing, the false hope,
The game-plan and trajectory, the lock

That closes out your grace. Help us look up
And see the shimmer of the angels’ wings
And, in between the cherubim, the cup

Of our salvation, and the king of kings
Come down to share himself in bread and wine.
Draw back the veil until our spirit sings.

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