Poems That Touch The Heart

POEMS THAT TOUCH
THE HEART

Bible (6)

Although poetry with rhyme was not found among the Hebrews in Biblical times, we do find much rhythmic poetry in the Bible. We may think of the Song of Moses (Exodus 15) and the Song of Deborah (Judges 5). David is known as “the sweet singer of Israel” and many of his poems/songs are found in our book of Psalms. Much of the book of Job also qualifies as poetry. Further, the books of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon are written in poetic language.

Some have even suggested that primitive poetry or songs may be found in the New Testament (e.g., Ephesians 5:14; Philippians 2:5-11; 1 Timothy 3:16; 2 Timothy 2:11-13). Other poetic passages might include Romans 8:35-38; 11:33-36; 1 Corinthians 13; 15:51-57; Hebrews 11:32-38; and Jude 24-25. The first chapters of Luke include poetic sections (e.g., 1:46-55, 68-79; 2:14, 29-32). The book of Revelation includes various songs and hymns to God and Christ which are worthy of study (Revelation 4:8, 11; 5:9, 10, 12, 13; 7:15-17; 11:17-19; 15:3, 4; 19:6-8). All of this poetry emphasizes vivid images and rhythm, but no strict rhyme.

Our contemporary poetry not only has rhythm but also usually has rhyme. Various forms of rhyme are employed and the reader interested in poetry may consult appropriate volumes (poetry books, literature books, encyclopedia articles, etc.) to explore the common forms of poems more fully.

In this portion of the True Discipleship website, we wish to offer you a selection of poems. Some of them are our own compositions while others have been gleaned from secondary sources. In all of them we hope to draw your heart to Scriptural topics, heavenly pursuits, virtuous meditations, family themes, and general Christian subjects. Paul tells us that psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs may be used for teaching and admonishing (Colossians 3:16). Hopefully, our selection of poems will have this same positive effect.

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