O BE joyful in God, all ye lands: sing praises unto the honour of his Name, make his praise to be glorious.
But the very next verse makes it clear that the praise of God and his goodness is itself a radical critique of all that is false and self- aggrandising in this world:
Say unto God, O how wonderful art thou in thy works: through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies be found liars unto thee.
I have tried to draw out both these elements in my response to this psalm, though the ringing tone of my poem is also a response to the joy of singing this psalm as an anthem over so many years.
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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
LXVI Jubilate Deo
In the rich valley of the resurrection
The jubilate deo will resound
A jubilant rejoicing in perfection.
But even here the echo of that sound
Of perfect praise enriches our brief song,
A canticle that’s taken up around
The world. The voices of the weak are strong
In God’s enduring praise. He knows their cause,
And he will vindicate the poor, who long
To see his justice come and his good laws
Prevail at last. Till then their jubilation
Will shake the powers that be and give them pause
To tremble in the midst of exploitation
And glimpse in others all the joy they’ve missed,
Till love himself comes as a revelation.
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