Qoph



With my whole heart I cry,
Please answer me O Lord;
Your Law I not deny;
Let me not be ignored.

I call on you to save,
And hear you testify;
To rescue from the grave,
So I can glorify.

I rise up before dawn,
To find hope in Your Word;
Before my faith is gone,
Flies away like a bird.

My eyes have been awake,
For watching through the night;
I plea you not forsake,
As I search for Your light.

So I will meditate,
The promise of Your Word;
Trying to imitate,
That my sight is not blurred.

Show me Your steadfast love,
With justice from Your voice;
Show a sign from above,
That helps me to rejoice.

The enemy draws near,
They are far from Your Law;
And never showing fear,
Not worried of a flaw.

But You are near O Lord,
Your commandments are true;
I keep in one accord,
And will remain with You.

Because long have I known,
Your testaments I found;
Has been a solid stone,
Wonderful to astound.

Copyright © 2021 Richard Newton Sherrer

About this poem

Drawing Near Psalm 119:145-152

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Written on August 21, 2021

Submitted by richards.77936 on August 20, 2021

Modified on April 30, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme ABAB CACA DEDE FGFG HEHE IJIJ KLKL BMBM NONO X
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 897
Words 182
Stanzas 10
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 1

Richard Newton Sherrer

I was born and raised on a farm in Pennsylvania. It was a small family farm that was handed down through 8 generations of Sherrer men until my father; Newton just could not make a living from it any longer. He thought that I would make a better living away from the farm. So, I decided to join the Air Force in 1969 upon graduating from high school. I gained quite a bit of experience and insight on life while in the service. Even though I was only stationed on the east coast of the US, my Air Force career took me to Germany and Korea. After 20 years wearing of the blue uniform, I decided going in a different direction and found myself becoming very diverse in many different fields. Something still seemed missing to me after being separated from the service for about 10 years. The Air Force was a way of life for me, but really missed life in Korea. I found myself changing careers again. Poetry was an interest of his since my days in high school. With returning to the Lord, I felt motivated to write of my Christian beliefs. I started looking at Bible verses and reflecting on my own personal experiences. The Bible was found to be as true today as to when the various books were written. I could see much of what the Bible is teaching us as valid as every in modern time. It felt only natural to me on using his personal experience based on Bible verses and see much of my own life written in the Scriptures. God inspires me what to write about though. I do not claim to be an expert on God or the Bible. I am just a Christian who has become enlightened to write poetic verses from the Holy Scriptures. more…

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