The Light of His Countenance: A Response To Psalm 67

Psalm 67 is a beautiful little psalm that continues the jubilant note of 65 and 66. The starting point for my response was the opening verse with its emphasis on mercy but also its beautiful phrase ‘The light of his countenance:

  1. GOD be merciful unto us, and bless us: and shew us the light of his countenance, and be merciful unto us:

My response is a meditation on the mercy but also an exploration of the way in which the light of God’s presence shimmers through the veil of this world in certain special places and at certain special moments, kindling afresh our deep yearning and desire towards him.

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LXVII Deus misereatur
 
Till love himself comes as a revelation
We’ll live on mercy, and we’ll seek his face
Whose every look is light. In every nation
 
He is acknowledged, and all peoples trace
The shimmer of his presence, seek to follow
The hints and glimmers of his fleeting grace,
 
Feel after him and find him, learn to hallow
The places where the veil seems very thin:
The forest grove at sunrise or the hollow
 
In the hills on autumn evenings when
We seem to hear the horns of Elfland blowing
And strange unearthly longings draw us in.
 
Then we come close to God with out our knowing,
As he approaches us with wordless blessing,
And Eden’s rivers here on earth are flowing.

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4 responses to “The Light of His Countenance: A Response To Psalm 67

  1. Jon

    Well done.
    Does this involve a reference to Tennyson’s Splendor Falls?

    • malcolmguite

      Yes indeed it does! Well spotted! I’ve always loved that line about the Horns of Elfland blowing and felt a beckoning in it. So I was glad to doff my cap to AT across the intervening years

  2. johnbnightingale

    Happy New Year, Malcolm, In verse four should not the spelling be Elfland not Efland? Best wishes, John

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