Sunday, July 05, 2015

Psalm 9: Evil will not triumph

The ruins of Bablyon from Saddam's summer palace
"In their own hidden net has their foot now been caught"
Evil will not triumph! (Courtesy Wikipedia)
Another busy week. Saw Janie in The Seagull again with a distinguished guest from China - who really enjoyed the production and had some of the stars sign her Chinese translation afterwards. Also went to the Conservative Summer Party where Cameron gave a very sombre speech about the generational challenge of Islamist extremism.In this symbolism matters and it is depressing that so many left-leaning individuals are happy to talk about "Islamic State" which gives the murderous thugs of their death cult more credibility amongst their deluded followers.

In the long run they cannot prevail. I continue to work on poetic versions of the Psalms and the consistent message is one of hope - evil will not triumph. this is what I have for Psalm 9. See what you think:

Ah I will thank the LORD with my whole heart;
    All of your wonderful deeds will I tell.
    Always I’m gladly exulting in you;
    Adoring your name I shall sing, O Most High.
Back turned my enemies, when they turned back,
    Before you they stumbled and perished indeed.
    Because my just cause you have justly maintained;
    Bringing right judgement enthroned on your throne.
Destroyed are the wicked, the nations rebuked
    Deleting their names for ever and ever.
    Dispelled into ruin the enemies gone;
    De-rooted their cities, their memory has perished.
Ever enthroned is the LORD, yes  forever,
    Established his throne is for judgement in truth.
    Enduringly judging the world with his righteousness;
    Earth and its nations with equity judged.
For the oppressed ones the LORD is a stronghold,
    Fortress and stronghold in troublesome times.
    For those who know your name will trust in you,
    Forsaking never, LORD, those who seek you.
Gladly sing praise to the LORD, who’s in Zion.
    Go and declare to the peoples his deeds.
    Great blood-avenger, he’s mindful of them;
    God won’t forget the afflicted who cry.
Have pity LORD, I’m afflicted in hatred
    Haul me back even from the gates of death,
   Heartily then shall I sing all your praises,
   Helped and rejoicing in Zion’s fair gates.
Into the pit they have made fall the nations;
    In their own hidden net has their foot now been caught.
    It’s the LORD who has made himself known with his judgement;
    Insnared are the wicked ones in the own work.
Just turn to Sheol, O wicked, depart from here
    Jettison nations forgetful of God!
Kept in God’s mind are the woes of the needy
   Keeping alive all the hope of the poor
   Keep mortals from winning, rise up, O LORD!
   Kneeling let nations be judged before you.
   Kindle your fear in them, O gracious LORD;
   Keep nations knowing they’re just human beings.

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