Holy Verse: Intro

Psalm 96:1 – “Sing to the Lord a new song!”

Humanity’s work is the work of poets and lyricists. Whitman’s famous line that we are here to “contribute a verse” speaks volumes of what it means to be human. Of course some of our verses may never be found in hymnals or compilations of poetry, our verse may be that which we live and breathe by and never quite find out how to put it into words.

But there are those of us who are writers and speakers and singers, and God’s character is revealed as creative all around us. Could creation be viewed any other way? If we are created in the image of God, than it’s my belief that we are called to work along side him in making all things new, in singing new songs.

It is our job to experience the cadence of life and to write, speak, and sing according to that rhythm. However etherial it may be, the panhandle of Texas has it’s own unique interaction with God as does Durham, NC or any other place. More than that, each person experiences that rhythm, that breath of place and time and interaction with God and people. What would it be if we had poets that could put that to pen and paper to let others taste and see…?

Prose can capture a little rhythm. To this day the eloquence of C.S. Lewis impresses me, but I am blown away by the prose of F. Scott. Fitzgerald in “The Great Gatsby” and of Kurt Vonnegut in every work I’ve read by him. The rhythm and flow of their work inspires and moves. Even though Gatsby is one of the worst stories I’ve ever encountered, the writing itself is second to none.

Taste takes it’s rightful place among prose, but there are some greats out there that resonate so well with our common experiences and life that we cannot help but believe that we share something in that prose or verse. But Verse itself has a different place among writings and timings, prophets and wise men have used verse – perhaps for that very reason that Emily Dickinson writes “tell all the truth but tell it slant…. lest every man go blind.”

When we consider verse then, let us breath it in and make it part of us. Let us find or allow it to resonate within our hearts and heads and leave us changed. Be it from the psalms or the letters, the wise men or the prophets. And when we listen, may God grant us ears to hear what he is speaking to us now and hands to write to share what God has granted us.


About Sean Smith

Husband, Father, Pastor, Swimmer, Writer, Reader, and attempted Adventurer!
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