My Soul Shall Be Satisfied: A Response to Psalm 63

After the pain and struggle of some of the preceding psalms, psalm 63 gives us at last a glimpse of healing and fulfilment. Its starts with spiritual thirst and longing:

  1. O GOD, thou art my God: early will I seek thee.

  2. My soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh also longeth after thee: in a barren and dry land where no water is.

Then the longing itself leads to a foretaste of fulfilment and a moment of true spiritual blessing:

For thy loving-kindness is better than the life itself: my lips shall praise thee.

As long as I live will I magnify thee on this manner: and lift up my hands in thy Name.

My soul shall be satisfied, even as it were with marrow and fatness: when my mouth praiseth thee with joyful lips.

My poem in response echoes this and is at once a lament for the transience in the midst of which we live, and also a glimpse of the true and eternal life into which we are called.

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

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

LXIII Deus, Deus meus

For love lifts time into eternity,
Kisses each passing moment into life,
Gives us a glimpse of your unfading glory.

We fall away like every falling leaf
But even as we fall we yearn to you.
Our prayers are passing and our blessings brief,

Yet each one reaches deeply into you
For you yourself are reaching into us
To breathe your life in us and make us new:

The barren wasteland is made glorious
With blossoms, breathing an eternal spring
And even as this first world fades from us,

We step into the true world and we sing
A joyful song, for there at last we see
Our heart’s desire: our risen lord and king.

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4 responses to “My Soul Shall Be Satisfied: A Response to Psalm 63

  1. Jane Richards

    Dear Malcolm,

    I just wanted to tell you that your Psalm devotions and poems and Advent Devotionals have been an unexpressible blessing over the last few months and wanted to say thank-you.

    I haven’t bought you a cup of coffee but I have purchased three of your books so I hope this will benefit you in some way.

    May God’s mercy, peace and love be multiplied to you this Christmas .

    I don’t expect a reply.

    Yours because of Him,



    • malcolmguite

      Thanks for this encouragement Jane and for buying my books which certainly helps now that I am trying to be a full time poet!?Merry Christmas

  2. Karen L

    The last stanza lifted my heart as I thought of my mother who, earlier this year, stepped into that true world where she saw her heart’s desire. Many thanks always.

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