Sunday Citation

“People in the ancient world turned to poetry. It is the imago Dei in human beings that expresses their deepest longings, their highest joys, and their darkest griefs in poetry. Contrary to today’s post-poetry world, if we had lived 3,000 years ago in the ancient Near East under the blessing of the Sovereign Lord, poetry would have played a daily role in our lives. We would have sung it, danced to it, memorized it, prayed it, written it, accompanied it on our lyre, hummed it as we herded sheep, shouted it charging into battle, and lifted our voices with inspired poetry in corporate worship with the grand assembly of Israel, the accelerating wonder of the presence of the Almighty thrilling our souls. At last, we would have parted this life with the Psalms on our lips in our final sigh…

“I wonder how many of us have thought of the words we were singing in worship as the highest form of poetry. There may be reason for this. It may be because much of it is ‘gaseous emotionalism’ with vague Biblical words – so unlike inspired psalm poetry. Or, though the words may be true, it may simply be mediocre poetry, uninspiring pedestrian verse…The devil hates goose quills, including ones wielded by able poets who train their pens to the highest use – crafting psalm-like hymns that lift the heart, mind, and imagination from our puny selves and enthrall us with Christ alone…Judging from the vast quantity of poetry in the inspired canon of the Bible – God loves poetry. And so must his bride, the church.”

-Douglas Bond in “The Devil Hates Goose Quills: And Why It Matters to the Church” in the March/April 2010 Modern Reformation, pp. 7-9.

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