Daily Archives: February 12, 2021

How Amiable Are Thy Dwellings: A Response To Psalm 84

We come now to psalm 84, one of my all time favourites! For me the psalmist’s delight in being in the temple finds its paralell in my love of the simple, ancient English parish church. I wrote my responsive poem when we were still in the first full lockdown and I couldn’t go into our parish church at all, but the first thing I did when we were allowed back in was to go in, early in the morning  when all was quiet and read this poem aloud in the church.

Thanks to everyone who attended our virtual launch for David’s Crown which was, as much as anything, a celebration of the psalms themselves. If you couldn’t get to the live event you can still watch it all here

As always you can hear me read the poem by clicking on the play button or the title and you can find the other poems in this evolving series by putting the word ‘psalm’ into the search box on the right.

The full set of these poems has now been published as a book David’s Crown which you can buy from UK Amazon Here, or, in North America, it should soon be available from Amazon Here.

LXXXIV Quam dilecta!

Yahweh saves, Our God is merciful

And how I long to enter in his courts

To nestle at his altar and to dwell


With him for ever. Day and night my thoughts

Are yearning towards the beauty of his temple

In swallow-flights of song.  For in his courts


Time is transfigured, opened out and ample,

It touches on eternity. I stay

Awhile within this church: its simple


Furnishings, and storied windows say

More to me of heaven than the pale

Abstractions of theology. A day


Spent in an empty church has been as full

Of goodness as an age elsewhere. I feel

Its peace refresh me like a holy well.


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