this was my original idea,
but i was advised to stay away from the flat-top
A Sonnet on Psalm 19
The glory of the Lord the heavens boast
The sky above proclaims His mighty word
And their exalted speech tells of their Host
There is no speech whose words exist unheard
And He has set a tent to house the sun
Which like a strong bridegroom comes forth with praise
Its faithful course reveals the Steadfast One
And not one thing can hide from its strong rays
The law of God blameless revives the soul
And his commands are right, the heart rejoiced
Much more desired than honey sweet and gold
And for our good, by them the warning voiced
My thoughts and words accepted in Your sight
When on Your grace and law my heart delights
It all started with Dana and her assignment to write a sonnet in Iambic Pentameter (use the link if you need) for one of her classes. She talked some of us into helping. This form of sonnet is what Shakespeare wrote a lot, and oh how we have a better appreciate now for that man. This was quite a challenge. So amidst the 4 or 5 folks engrossed in this sonnet encompassing multiple huge biblical themes, the idea arose on my side of the room (good call Emily) to split and write a different sonnet, with Psalm 19 in mind. So off all we went, with melodic songs in the background provided by Tom, and two sonnets were written (our Psalm 19 sonnet came to fruition a little slower, taking final form after a day full of editing emails). What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than sitting around with friends writing poetry about our God and His word?? A great idea indeed, Dana.
For reference, the actual 19th Psalm is as follows...
Psalm 19, ESV
1The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
2Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.
3There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard.
4Their measuring line goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.
In them he has set a tent for the sun,
5which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.
6Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them,
and there is nothing hidden from its heat.
7The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul;
the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple;
8the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes;
9the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever;
the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether.
10More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.
11Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.
12Who can discern his errors? Declare me innocent from hidden faults.
13Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me!
Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression.
14Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight,
O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.