Affliction and the God Who Teaches

Weekend Musings

afflictionInside Psalm 119 and the Poetry Project
(My son inspired me to keep working on a project I thought of a couple of years ago. The idea is to write a poem of personal reflection for each Psalm in the psalter.  If you search on the word “Poetry” or “Poetry and Prayers” inside the blog you can find some of them.) You can see one of my son’s youtube videos at this link. He’s good and I am not biased.

Here’s a quandary for my soul.

Why am I only able to write moving (to me), significant poetry when I am in agony over sin, usually, my own? 

I’m not talking about poetry that moves anyone else or that any one beyond me would appreciate.  I’m talking about scratching out a few lines that speak powerfully to my own spirit about truth, goodness, sin, salvation, eternity, forgiveness, heartache, heartbreak and life?

Why does it always seem to take pain to produce any beauty and insight in my life? And as I ask the question, Lord, Your Spirit reminds me of Your own poetry.  Ps. 119:65-72.

Before I was afflicted I went astray,
but now I keep your word.
(Ps. 119:67)
It is good for me that I was afflicted
that I might learn your statutes.
(Ps. 119:71)
I know, O Lord, that your rules are righteous
and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.
(Ps. 119:75)

Read Psalm 119

Afflict Me Oh God

Afflict me Oh God;
Treat me as a son.
Keep me from straying;
Chasten me and teach me.
That my faithless heart
would know your faithfulness.

Teach my heart
that words breathed by you

are better
than the applause of men
than thousands of gold and silver pieces.


Cf. also Psalm 19

Go to Psalm 120

One thought on “Affliction and the God Who Teaches

  1. in the angst of humility one touches somewhere deep inside where through searching we are taught…. wonderful poetry- thanks for sharing. I have been reading Paul’s words- I actually got choked up reading them and I love this- “Peace and grace be unto you!” Hope you have a wonderful New Year and find much inspiration to meet your goals in writing from Psalms.


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