Episode 21

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21st Jul 2021

Verse 1 . . . Psalm 139

Verse 1 . . . (Ps 139)

You are intimately acquainted 

with my every part.

Inside and out . . .

You know me.

Your loving gaze muses 

as You examine the potential 

of my heart.

It's my creative wellspring 

together we can . . .

You seeded me 

with endless possibilities. 

You smile approvingly, 

Your loving eyes 

continuously inspire me. 

Well, Well, Well, 

the Trinity of inspiration!

You watch . . .

To Draw From My Well. 

Reflection

Psalm 139 is one of my all-time favorites because it unwraps David's revelation of how intimately acquainted he and God are. Every detail of his life is known and he rejoices in God about it. 

This beautiful psalm continues to celebrate and highlight all the little nuances and situations David can use as examples. How wonderful it is that we have an even greater revelation of God because of what David expresses.

As you read through this Psalm, there are many inferences and prompts which point us to the huge potential our destiny has with God. This future is something to look forward to. The greatest revelation of that is the partnership we enjoy making this happen with God. 

There's something wonderful about the Psalms. We read about a man who loves God and his eventful journey with all his personal challenges and victories and how he expressed these to God. We also read the historical accounts of this journey in the books of Samuel. 

David is a conundrum to us, yet he's the only one whom God attributes as having a heart after God's own heart.

Acts 13:22 TPT

After removing him, God raised up David to be king, for God said of him, ‘I have found in David, son of Jesse, a man who always pursues my heart and will accomplish all that I have destined him to do.’

Here is the same verse in AMP version 

Acts 13:22 AMP

And when He had removed him, He raised up David to be their king: of him He testified and said, ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart [conforming to My will and purposes], who will do all My will.’

Here's the preamble when God removed Saul.

I Samuel 13:14 NKJV

But now your kingdom shall not continue. The Lord has sought for Himself a man after His own heart, and the Lord has commanded him to be commander over His people because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you.”

I Samuel 16:1 NKJV

I am sending you to Jesse the Bethlehemite. For I have provided Myself a king among his sons.”

These underlined words are very significant and will become a topic for another day.

If there is one attribute David would be world-famous for is his transparent honesty. We, the readers, are able to read between the lines and hear his heart's expressions as he expounds his appreciation to God. It's like he has the biggest AHA about how miraculously created he has been.  

Questions 

# Have you ever had a revelation about how miraculously you have been created? Which verse of Ps 139 has been significant to you?

# Scripture reveals in many places that we are unique and significant. Do you rejoice in God when you are down? Which Scriptures do you use to encourage yourself in the Lord?

# In the above poem, which lines are significant to you and why?




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About the Podcast

Devotional Christian Poetry
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I was once a Pastor in a Church that owned a Christian bookstore. One Christmas while I was selecting appropriate gifts for our 5 voluntary staff members, I experienced an encounter with God.
After I selected the gifts God said to me, "put the gifts back and take some blank cards home and give them something from the Pastor's desk!" I was excited about this, as I knew God wanted to speak to each one of them.

What He did then astounded me. After I had finished writing, I realized I had written a prophetic message for each of these loyal volunteers written as a poem! That was the day I realized my gift to write poetry, and since then I haven't stopped writing. The wonderful thing about poetry is, it engages with the reader's emotions and touches the heart.

On this podcast show, you will hear me read one of my poems, inspired and written from a revelation I have received from scripture. A reflection about the poem with 3 questions will follow this to engage and inspire you to take action on all the content. I also reference the scripture I have used, and sometimes I will offer some additional comments.

In Psalms are many examples of poetry that color the truth and enhance our experiences as we read them. In Eph 2:20 the Greek word for workmanship is translated from the root word Poema meaning poem. Quoting from the Passion Translation, we have this root word translated poetry. God calls us his poetry (workmanship) in this version, "We have become his poetry, a re-created people that will fulfill the destiny he has given each of us, for we are joined to Jesus, the Anointed One".

This beautiful Translation captures so much more of the emotional truth about us. God is not intimidated about using emotional words to capture who we are.

Embracing the language and subtle nuances God uses in His word have always been my delight and inspiration. Poetry brings a fullness to life which often eludes men especially. Men more so because they connect cognitively more than emotionally. Women connect differently as they feel the inferences of the words, whereas men think about the inferences and question them. Both connections are acceptable to God.

For you, as the listening audience to receive the comfort and revelation wrapped in the words of this poetry, I encourage you to adopt a different mindset and feel the words. Let them speak to your heart. Imagine reading the scripture as you would read a love letter from your adoring spouse! Knowing it was a love letter, how would you approach opening that letter?

I have a revelation to share with you about being washed by scripture. Some years ago while meditating on different scripture I realized when I read the passages I don’t read them, the scripture reads Me! It reads my heart, my soul, my principles, and values and becomes my litmus test to my responses and reactions. It tests me to the core!

As an example here in 2 corr 5:17 states the truth; Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. I have italicized the question this scripture asks me. Am I IN Christ? This is about my daily life not just attending a Sunday service. This is not a question to condemn me, it's questioning my focus. Because I am IN CHRIST, my life changes as I am washed by the water of His Word and He is continually being formed within me.

Every one of us is unique and has our own testimonies of our experiences with God. These stories define and speak about our revelations and encounters with Him. My encounter with God was very significant and taught me how to write poetry.

My desire is that my inspired words of poetry wash over you and connect emotionally with you so you receive the benefits of their truths.

This content can be used in study groups and for devotional material.
For more information, please go to my website www.devotionalchristianpoetry.com where there is a free ebook for you to access and my contact links.

About your host

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Lloyd Portman

From as far back as I can remember, I am always fascinated by what makes people tick. Searching behind what drives certain behaviors and finding practical reasons and solutions comes naturally from this fascination.

Having a personal experiential relationship with God was very important to me, rather than a theoretical religious one was my attraction to Him. These experiences started before my conversion and have continued to this day.

After my encounter with God, my poetry was born, and I use poetry to articulate the principles of scripture and the revelations I have experienced.

My podcasts will share these experiences I have had with God during my years of Pastoral ministry and life's school of hard knocks. I encourage you to glean any applicable nuggets and apply your faith to use them, as I used those I heard from other testimonies.

If you want to get in touch with me, please email me at
lloyd5707@gmail.com