A ThankfulHeart

I give thanks unto the Lord,
With my whole heart and sing His praise;
Showing He is loved and adored,
In living throughout all these days.

For I bow down towards His temple,
Giving Him thanks unto His Name;
For steadfast love to His people,
His faithfulness that I proclaim.

He is magnified above all,
Through all things of His Name and Word;
He renders His aid when I call,
My cries for help He always heard.

The day I cry, He answers me,
My strength of soul He does increase;
He comes to satisfy my plea,
So that my anxieties cease.

All kings of the earth shall give thanks,
When they have heard His words spoken;
Sending decrees down through their ranks,
Of the future as foretoken.

They shall sing the ways of the Lord,
The glory of the Lord is great;
Some gentiles that have ignored,
Are about to seal their own fate.

Even though the Lord may be high,
He has respect for the lowly;
The haughty and proud know not why,
Being conceived as unholy.

Though I walk amid the trouble,
The Lord is preserving my life;
His hand pulls me from the rubble,
Comforts me through toils and strife.

His hand stretches to block the wrath,
That my enemies have set forth;
And through the straight and narrow path,
Guiding me on the righteous course.

The Lord fulfills His goals for me,
Through His mercy and steadfast love;
While giving insight to see,
Never to forsake the Lord thereof.

Copyright © 2024 Richard Newton Sherrer

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Give Thanks to the LORD Psalm 138

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Written on April 03, 2024

Submitted by richardnsherrer on April 02, 2024

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Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 1,424
Words 310
Stanzas 11
Stanza Lengths 4, 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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