Poetry & Song

O For A Heart To Praise My God

I’ve been thinking, praying and writing a lot about the Christian heart lately; I found this hymn written by Charles Wesley in 1742 which sums it all up perfectly….

O for a heart to praise my God,
A heart from sin set free,
A heart that always feels Thy blood
So freely shed for me.

A heart resigned, submissive, meek,
My great Redeemer’s throne,
Where only Christ is heard to speak,
Where Jesus reigns alone.

A humble, lowly, contrite, heart,
Believing, true and clean,
Which neither life nor death can part
From Christ who dwells within.

A heart in every thought renewed
And full of love divine,
Perfect and right and pure and good,
A copy, Lord, of Thine.

Thy tender heart is still the same,
And melts at human woe:
Jesus, for thee distressed I am,
I want Thy love to know.

My heart, Thou know’st, can never rest
Till Thou create my peace;
Till of mine Eden repossest,
From self, and sin, I cease.

Fruit of Thy gracious lips, on me
Bestow that peace unknown,
The hidden manna, and the tree
Of life, and the white stone.

Thy nature, gracious Lord, impart;
Come quickly from above;
Write Thy new name upon my heart,
Thy new, best name of Love

My flesh and my heart may fail, But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever ~ Psalm 73:26

The Will of God

The will of God will never take you,
Where the Grace of God cannot keep you,
Where the Arms of God cannot support you,
Where the Riches of God cannot supply your needs,
Where the Power of God cannot endow you.

The will of God will never take you,
Where the Spirit of God cannot work through you,
Where the Wisdom of God cannot teach you,
Where the Army of God cannot protect you,
Where the Hands of God cannot mould you.

The will of God will never take you,
Where the Love of God cannot enfold you,
Where the Mercies of God cannot calm you,
Where the Peace of God cannot calm your fears,
Where the Authority of God cannot overrule you.

The will of God will never take you
Where the Comfort of God cannot dry your tears,
Where the Word of God cannot feed you,
Where the Miracles of God cannot be done for you,
Where the Omnipresence of God cannot find you.

~ Author Unknown

His Plan For Me

When I stand at the Judgement Seat of Christ
And He shows His plan for me,
The plan of my life as it might have been
Had He had His way – and I see

How I blocked Him here, and checked Him there,
And I would not yield my will,
Will there be grief in my Saviour’s eyes,
Grief though He loves me still?

Would He have me rich and I stand there poor,
Stripped of all but His grace,
While memory runs like a hunted thing,
Down the paths I cannot retrace.

Lord, of the years that are left to me
I give them to Thy hand
Take me and break me and mould me,
To the pattern that Thou hast planned!

~ Author Unknown

The Perfect Lukewarm Church

I don’t know who wrote this but it perfectly describes what most of the modern “seeker friendly” crowd are looking for. There used to be a church like this in Laodicea…..but it’s gone now.

Hello, Mr. Pastor,
Can you help us in our search?
We’ve been looking all around here
For a really perfect church.

We don’t care so much for doctrine,
“Flexible” is more our style.
Pleasant pluralism maybe…
That should suit us for awhile.

Something, loose and non-conforming.
A free-spirit sort of thing!
Yes, where Christ is preached as Helper,
Not so much as Lord or King.

We need something light and bouncy,
In a metaphoric way,
Sermons that will gently help us
Love the world in our own way.

We think feeling good is important,
And we heard we’d fit right in…
We’ve heard hell here is not an issue.
For that matter…neither is our “sin”.

If that’s true, we’ll be here on Sunday…
Golly-Gee, Oh, yes we will!
This sounds like the church we’re after!
We know it will be a thrill!