I will exalt you, Lord,
for you lifted me out of the depths
and did not let my enemies gloat over me.
2 Lord my God, I called to you for help,
and you healed me.
3 You, Lord, brought me up from the realm of the dead;
you spared me from going down to the pit.
4 Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people;
praise his holy name.
5 For his anger lasts only a moment,
but his favor lasts a lifetime;
weeping may stay for the night,
but rejoicing comes in the morning.
6 When I felt secure, I said,
“I will never be shaken.”
7 Lord, when you favored me,
you made my royal mountain stand firm;
but when you hid your face,
I was dismayed.
8 To you, Lord, I called;
to the Lord I cried for mercy:
9 “What is gained if I am silenced,
if I go down to the pit?
Will the dust praise you?
Will it proclaim your faithfulness?
10 Hear, Lord, and be merciful to me;
Lord, be my help.”
11 You turned my wailing into dancing;
you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
12 that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent.
Lord my God, I will praise you forever. (Psalm 30:1-12, New International Version).
It is no secret, I love music. I am coming to love poetry. A church member a few years ago reminded me that a song is nothing more than poetry set to music. So, as I started writing music, my lyrics took on the look of a lyrical poem (perhaps that is why they call it that).
I decided last week that I would do some experimenting with poetry on the blog for a bit. I’m not sure how long I will keep this up. This week I am playing around with the acrostic style of poetry. I doubt any of these will lend themselves to becoming a song but they have been fun to play with.
As I have worked on these I have thought about a mentally challenged man in one of my former churches. His name is Jonathan. Jonathan loves acrostics and has made up several of these. If you were to ever encounter Jonathan and he says, “You’re UGLY,” don’t get offended. UGLY is his acrostic for “Undeniably God Loves You.” Or, if Jonathan says you are BAD, “Born And Delivered.” He also might ask you for some CASH – Don’t worry, he isn’t really asking you for money. It is his way of telling you, “Christians Always Say Hallelujah.” I think you can see why this poetry form reminds me of Jonathan.
I resemble this quote…
I decided today I would combine the idea of acrostic poetry with music today. The result was, using the Scripture phrase, “God is Love.” Each letter would stand for a favorite hymn. I enjoyed putting this together. I hope you like it too.
Great is thy Faithfulness
O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing
Dwelling in Beulah Land
It is Well with My Soul
Savior Like a Shepherd Lead Us
Love Lifted Me
Onward Christian Soldiers
Victory in Jesus
Eternal Father Strong to Save
Seeking the Genuine,
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