Darkness Created Light

Friday is for Heart Songs

Part of the Poetry Project
Poems for Psalms
A Personal Lament based on Psalm 42-43
4-3-08 [*]

Darkness Created Light

Choking dust in an oasisless expanse
Stretching to every horizon
Sucking hope from a parched
and growing-desperate soul
looking for living water.

As a deer pants for water brooks
so my soul pants …
For You?
No it doesn’t Lord.
Where is the soft and supple
heart of flesh You promised?
Instead, a Saharan wind blows through
the stoney crevices of my sin-blistered heart
Winnowing my spirit and covering my joy
with dunes of waterless sand.

A cleansed heart, a steadfast spirit
inside me, not in a book
Would You give me that?
A restored joy,
an enthralled heart

Oh God give me that!
Water this desert
Flood me with grace
till I drown in life.
Oh God, give me that!

[*] This poem was written on my birthday as I was making plans to go to England to train church planters. I was thrilled about the training of church planters but depressed about saying goodbye to the church I planted. It was out of that darkness and personal lament that God called me to the new adventure of my life, –investing my remaining years in a more focused life of prayer and preaching and discipling young men.

Go to Psalm 44.

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