Ps. 45:1 ¶ My heart is overflowing with a good theme;
I recite my composition concerning the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
David is the epitome of being God’s secretary. What do I mean by that? Well anything that we have that is worth saying or writing comes from the Lord. David said that his tongue was God’s pen. His writings were like heavenly dictation. That is David’s description of prophesy. We are God’s secretaries, hearing from Him and responding accordingly. Recently I was reading a book written by John Piper called SEEING BEAUTY AND SAYING BEAUTIFULLY. In it, he spoke about the poetry of George Herbert, a country pastor from the 1500’s. Here is a short blurb from that book with one of Herbert’s poems. Enjoy!
“Poetry is one of those simple tasks of God’s servant that needs to be touched by the elixir, the tincture, the stone and turned into God’s praise. Herbert believed that since God ruled all things by his sacred providence, everything revealed God. Everything spoke of God. The role of the poet is to be God’s echo. Or God’s secretary. To me, Herbert’s is one of the best descriptions of the Christian poet:
“Secretarie of thy praise.”
O Sacred Providence, who from end to end
Strongly and sweetly movest! shall I write,
And not of thee, through whom my fingers bend
To hold my quill? shall they not do thee right?
Of all the creatures both in sea and land
Only to Man thou hast made known thy wayes,
And put the penne alone into his hand,
And made him Secretarie of thy praise.
Why do I languish thus, drooping and dull,
As if I were all earth?
O give me quicknesse,
that I may with mirth
Praise thee brim-full!”
I love this poem. What a great description of our lives, secretaries of His praise. We observe and listen and record and declare our observations. What have you observed recently worthy of His praise? Could it be a newborn hawk trying out his wings or maybe a young deer scampering through the woods? Or maybe a verse of scripture bursting with revelation light or the fresh touch of God while waiting in His presence. Once you have observed the greatness and beauty of our God you too will “praise Him brimful”. No other job could ever come close to the highest of all callings, “SECRETARY OF HIS PRAISE”.