The War Within…In Poetry

Here is a helpful poem by Paul Tripp that goes well with Sunday’s message from James 4:1-3.  It is from Tripp’s devotional book Whiter than Snow.

The Holy of Holies

The holy of holies,

Where my deepest thought dwells.

In the secret place,

Of the heart,

Where no one sees,

And no one knows.

In that place where worship,

Sets the course,

For all I say,

And all I do.

In the holy of holies

Where thoughts,

Afraid to be verbal,

And desires,

Never quite spoken


What I will seek,

And say,

And do.

In the holy of holies,

Where greed lurks dark,

And anger stands dangerous.

In the shadows,

Where lust captivates,

And envy enslaves.

In that sacred place,

Of the heart,

Where I plan what I will do,

And rehearse what I will say.

In the holy of holies,

Where love is born,

Or succumbs to hate.

Where gentleness,

Falls to vengeance.

In that place where,

Thinking never ends,

And interpretations,

Becomes a way of seeing.

In the holy of holies,

Where feelings grow in power,

And overwhelm,

What is sensible,


And true.

In the holy of holies,

Where I stand naked,

All covering gone,

Before You,

What I am,

As I am,

Void of defense,

Stripped of excuse.

Nowhere to hide,

No reputation to polish.

In the place where You,

Can see,

And hear,

And know.

May you do there,

What I cannot do.

May you create there

What only mercy can give.

May you hold back,

What I deserve,

And give what,

I can never earn.

May you create in me,

A clean heart.