“The reason we don’t want to feel is that feeling exposes the tragedy of our world and the darkness of our hearts. No wonder we don’t want to feel: feelings expose the illusion that life is safe, good, and predictable.”
– Tremper Longman & Dan Allender
Psalms 37:1-9 NLT (Poets pgs. 37-38)
1 Don’t worry about the wicked or envy those who do wrong.2 For like grass, they soon fade away. Like spring flowers, they soon wither.3 Trust in the LORD and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.4 Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desires.5 Commit everything you do to the LORD. Trust him, and he will help you.6 He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn, and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun.7 Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes.8 Stop being angry! Turn from your rage! Do not lose your temper— it only leads to harm.9 For the wicked will be destroyed, but those who trust in the LORD will possess the land.
- Allow the Poets to Give Voice to Your Emotions
- Allow the Poets to Awaken Your Imagination through Metaphor and Imagery
- Allow the Poets to Instruct You
- Allow the Poets to Give Voice to God’s Emotions