A Bit of Prayerful Poetry

Today I was just wrecked by my own inadequacies and feeling the weight of my bad circumstances and my spiritual failures. Honestly, I was just feeling like a waste of God’s grace and a horrible Christian. But this morning, while waiting for a bud of mine in a coffee shop, God spoke and got ahold of my heart. Here are two poems of a conversation with God that took place in my heart today. Normally I am reluctant to put words in God’s mouth, but the dialogue from God’s end of it all comes from Scripture, so I am not too worried about this time. The first is the cry of my heart to God, feeling the pangs of my own hopelessness and sinfulness. The second is the response I felt from the Spirit. I hope they bless you in some way. 

O Lord, 
This wayward heart,
To you I commit. 
I give you every part,
No secrets shall I omit. 
O change my inner man! 
My smolder, Lord, do fan, 
A fire awake! 
My heart, please take,
O Lord. 

My son, 
Though you do not believe it, 
A champion I have made you! 
Be calm, peaceful now and sit. 
Me alone shall you rely on. 
Now, forget your old history, 
I’ve given you the victory!
Trials you shall rise above! 
Be strong, my son, receive my love. 
Now rest, and let the sunshine
Remind you that you are Mine. 

About Jonathon Thigpen

I am a student, writer, photographer, traveler, teacher, and Lego enthusiast, who is endeavouring to be a man after God's own heart.
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3 Responses to A Bit of Prayerful Poetry

  1. Cynthia Jeub says:

    This is so true, Jon. Thank you so much for posting it.

  2. Today’s passage is true on three levels: 1) While writing this, David was likely in some kind of danger. But he rejected anxiety because he was convinced God would save him. He chose to sleep soundly, trusting God to keep him safe and sound in spite of his scary circumstances. He was even happy and singing! 2) Both Peter and Paul quote these verses in the book of Acts ( Acts 2:25-28 and 13:35-37 ), and both show how David’s words pointed ahead to his descendent, Jesus, the ultimate Holy One. They explained that David’s words rightly predicted that Jesus would not rot away in a tomb, but come back to life instead. 3) All Christians can claim these words, in a sense. We may die physically, but God will not let death keep us rotting in the ground, either. As His saints, His “holy ones,” we will be resurrected, too, just as He was. (See 1 Corinthians 15:22.) Think: Does knowing that God is with you in hard times — and that He will ultimately keep you safe forever — help you to have a glad heart and happy tongue? Why or why not? Pray: Thank God that He was able to keep David safe, that He raised Jesus back to life, and that He has given you eternal life, as well. Ask Him to help you to be happy about that. Do: If you haven’t, yet, read how Peter explained these verses in Acts 2 on the day of Pentecost.

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