This being National Poetry Month, it is only appropriate that we feature a collection of poems written by a very special woman from our home church, Mrs. Thelma Westra. Thelma is a wonderful Christian lady (now widowed) who has been given the gift of poetry and has used it to pen “poems of praise” for many years. Often these occur in our monthly church newsletter; they have also been published in The Standard Bearer and school newsletters over the years.
But this past Monday I also learned that they had been put together into a book titled Poems of Praise. Today I thought I would feature a couple of these beautiful poems that throughout call us to praise the Lord for Who He is and for all His works and ways. They are solidly Biblical and Reformed and good food for the soul.
I wish I knew if this collection were available in stores. I suspect it may be available from the author. I will get more information on this and add it to this post at a later time. In the meantime, here are a couple.
Lift up your voice to praise the Lord;
His name alone must be adored;
He showers blessings day by day
And leads us in His chosen way.
Let songs of praise fill heart and tongue;
Revere His name, both old and young.
He is the mighty King of kings
Whose arm to us salvation brings;
Though trials threaten, He will guide,
We’re not alone – He’s by our side,
His tender mercy to us shows;
He all our cares and sorrows knows.
Sing praise; He is the Lord of all,
Let us, His children, prostrate fall.
O come, His holiness proclaim
And magnify His holy name.
With adoration bend the knee;
Exalt His name eternally.
And a special one for Spring:
The Winter is Past
The frozen turf is softened by the sun
And gentle rains descend;
A lighter, warmer breeze has now begun
To signal winter’s end.
The snowdrop and the crocus start to poke
Green sprouts above the earth;
The fine mist vanishes like wispy smoke -
The world speaks of rebirth.
I praise the Lord for beauty of the spring
When hope is born anew.
He makes my very soul with rapture sing,
His light is breaking through.
As He renews creation all around,
His awesome power is shown;
My life is also quickened to abound
With praise to God alone.