Make Haste to Helps Me: A Response to Psalm 70

Psalm 70 is a short simple cry for help!

  1. HASTE thee, O God, to deliver me: make haste to help me, O Lord.

Sometimes its just a phrase or an image in a psalm that triggers my poem in response, and in this case it was just the phrase ‘seek after my soul’ in the first half of the second verse: ‘Let them be ashamed and confounded that seek after my soul’. It seems to me that we, in the developed west live in a culture that ministers every comfort to the body but persistently and insidiously seeks to mock, belittle and choke off the life of the soul, and so my poem addresses that issue and asks God for help in defending that imperilled spiritual life.

As I am posting this in the Christmas season I was delighted to find that the Mainz illuminated psalter had illustrated this psalm with the Christmas angels telling the shepherds that God had indeed come down to answer their prayers

As always you can hear me read the poem 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

LXX Deus, in adjutorium
Pour out for me the life-blood of your heart
For my own life is ebbing to a close.
Make haste to help me, come and heal my hurt,
Come down O lord and rescue me from those
Who seek to sow confusion in my soul,
From those who patronise the faithful, those
Who humour our religion, but whose whole
Approach to life dismisses faith and prayer.
Yet you continue holy. You will heal
The deep wounds in our culture: its despair,
Its idols and addictions, its rejection
Of your gospel. In your mercy spare
This weary world, descending to dejection,
And come as our redeemer, quickly come
And raise us with you in your resurrection.


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13 responses to “Make Haste to Helps Me: A Response to Psalm 70

  1. Joy

    Your words warm my heart

  2. Patricia Conneen

    Thank you Malcolm. In the wake of yesterday’s events in Washington my soul needs this as does the soul of my country. Wishing you God’s very best in the New Year. Pat

    Sent from my iPhone


  3. Wow, of the moment. You & the psalm. Again.

  4. Cannot wait to purchase this book when it is available in the USA!

  5. Julia Olsen

    Beautifully written, as always.Thankful for your ability to put into words what we (I) can’t— that dark, confounding hunger for our minds/souls we can’t sense. This is among the many reasons poetry is necessary. God blesses through you, Malcolm.

  6. bgulland72

    A chance to catch up… a very pertinent assessment & diagnosis of our culture, thanks. And it’s great how our own life & experiences bring particular resonances to poetry reading; as a blood donor (0 negative universal blood type), I especially like the first verse imagery…

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