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Explaining Prophetic Poetry- Part 1: So, Why Poetry?

This is the beginning of a series of how I have learned to commune with the Lord over the years- and the unique gift that He has given to me. To be honest, I’m not entirely sure what to call it. I just simply call it “prophetic poetry.”

Why does God want to communicate with you with poetry?

“But it was to us that God revealed these things by His Spirit. For His Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets.
No one can know a person’s thoughts except that person’s own spirit, and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit.”
1 Corinthians 2:10‭-‬11 NLT

“For, “Who can know the Lord’s thoughts? Who knows enough to teach Him?” But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ.”
1 Corinthians 2:16 NLT

Since we have the mind of Christ, do we not know what the heart of God is? Isn’t this where the deep secrets of God are found and the key to access it is through the Holy Spirit?

David Pawson explains it so beautifully:

“Just as poetry touches the heart of man, it also touches the heart of God…poetry is used in all the Psalms and also in many of the prophetic books. The Holy Spirit chose this form as a way of communicating the mind of God and as a means for us to respond to Him… so when God addresses us with poetry we know that He is communicating His feelings from His heart to our hearts.”
Unlocking the Bible, David Pawson,
pg 340.

Poetry, then, can be a key to understanding the very heart of God!
He is more willing to share His Heart than what you are wanting to receive from Him.
I love imagining it this way: here is this huge, universe-creating God that is so wanting and willing to share the deep things of His heart with a seemingly insignificant, little old you- whom He calls His beloved.
Who am I to receive such an honour as this? Who are you? He loves you infinitely more than you can imagine and understand.

Let’s embark on this journey.
I have shown you the start of what my journey looks like (see, but I believe every journey is different. To be shown is one thing… to experience it is a whole different thing. That’s half the adventure! To consciously seek the heart of God. As you go deeper, the more you will find and the more He will reveal to you. All you need to do is ask.

“And I will give you treasures hidden in the darkness— secret riches. I will do this so you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, the one who calls you by name.”
Isaiah 45:3 NLT

Simply ask Him for it…
“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for… For everyone who asks, receives.”
Matthew 7:7‭a,8a NLT

… and  have faith to receive
“I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.”
Mark 11:24 NLT

God is more willing to give than what you are willing to receive. Trust Him!

“Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it.”
James 4:2 NLT 

Very early on in this adventure, the Lord gave me this revelation:
When the Lord gives you a gift, take the product of that gift and give it back to Him as a love-offering. He will take it and use it to bless others in ways you can’t even imagine! He loves receiving gifts from you. If you truly appreciate a gift, wouldn’t you want to show it off? I believe that the Lord does the same.

“Honor the Lord with your possessions, And with the firstfruits of all your increase; So your barns will be filled with plenty, And your vats will overflow with new wine.”
Proverbs 3:9‭-‬10 NKJV

A few guidelines:

I do not claim any poem as my own (I have written them, yes, but that is as far as it goes), as they are a product of His gift given to me for the Lord to use. With all my heart, I strive to be just a conduit to share His heart, to be a pen in His hand. So at the end of each poem, and as a declaration, I sign off with this scripture :

“For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.”
Romans 11:36

This is my own personal “fingerprint” that I do. However you want to glorify the Lord with your poems is your own matter.

There are 3 principles that I adhere to when I write. I do believe in a lot of creative give, but a certain amount of structure needs to be present. Like a body, both squishy and structurally sound at the same time. The Lord gave me these principles:

1.) The contents are not deceiving or contrary to the word of God in any way.

2.) Earnestly seek the Lord about the content and construction of the poem listening to His voice via the Holy Spirit and by faith, writing the very words He has revealed or spoken to me.

3.) In each poem, aim to include a scripture or reference of scripture. (Sometimes I have written scripture unknowingly, only to discover that such  a scripture existed- sometimes years later.)

Many times I have written in faith things the Lord has given to me and it made no sense why I wrote it. It felt right that it should stay there. All to make sense most astoundingly once the poem is completed. These writings of faith may include unlikely words or phrases, coupled together in a way that you’d never known could go together. A few examples: “hungry language”, “timing of perfection”.

We will leave it here for now… stay tuned for next week, where I will share some of the types of poems that I’ve written with the Lord.

To emphasize:

This is My Declaration

I am a pen
On my own, I can do nothing-
But in the hands of the Author
I am able to reveal many things:
Especially from the very depths of His heart!

I am merely a vessel that holds
The ink of His anointing.
Eagerly waiting to be used once more-
Flowing gracefully over the pages of His glory,
Writing line upon line…

Such things of beauty and awe-
With praises soon to follow…
I, the pen, receive none of it-
But rather the Poet who holds me tenderly…
In His hands.

Richard Lionheart
Romans 11:36
(18 Oct ’11)

Peace be with you .

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