With a few exceptions (most of them by Edgar Allen Poe), I just don’t understand it.
My aversion to poetry is so bad, I admit to being one of the few writers who absolutely do not like Shakespeare.
To those shocked souls who are horrified and who think I should be stripped of my writer title and all my pencils broken in half — trust me.
The writer in me wants to…
But poetry and poetic language have never been my cup of tea.
It’s for that reason, I used to really dislike reading the Psalms… because it’s considered one of the poetic books.
But the more I study Scripture, the more I have come to really love this part of the Bible.
Yet another example of why one shouldn’t judge a book by its cover (or in this case, assigned genre).
I think Psalm 32 may be one of my favorites.
I hope you’ll read the whole chapter, but I want to highlight two key verses from the end…
“Unfailing love surrounds those who trust the Lord. So rejoice in the Lord and be glad, all you who obey him! Shout for joy, all you whose hearts are pure!” (Psalm 32:10b-11)
I love that!
“Unfailing love surrounds those who trust the Lord.”
But time for more honestly (besides my dislike for Shakespeare)…
I don’t always feel loved.
But this is where understanding the difference between feelings and knowledge is so critically important.
I don’t FEEL like gravity is holding me to the earth, but I know it is.
I don’t FEEL my heart beating every beat, but I know it is.
I may not FEEL loved every moment, but I know I am.
By my family, my friends, and most of all, my Lord and Savior.
So in those times I can’t feel it, it’s a passage like this that helps knowledge trump feelings!
And bonus (for me anyway!), there’s no ambiguity in this poetic text.
There’s no trying to decipher what the writer was trying to say!
We can rejoice in the confidence that we are loved because we belong to Jesus!
And THAT is pure poetry I can understand.
Today, as you pray, thank the Lord for loving you!
None of us deserve it but pray gratitude that it’s not just a matter of love, but unfailing love that we can never lose because we are His!