Monthly Archives: July 2014

Useful

How can one have courage

to proclaim the name of Christ?

How can one stand boldly

before His all-holy eyes?

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How could God the Mighty

find me useful, find me fit;

How could His great purposes

be helped by me a bit?

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Why would One who wields

such pow’r unyielding look to me,

to work or speak on His behalf?

Dust I am, and will be.

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Why would He – who fills up

ev’ry place that He has made –

choose to send ambassadors

to go and tell His ways?

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Why would He, the Omni-Present,

call out, “Who will go?”

Why has He made pots of clay,

through them His grace to show?

useful-potter-clay-pot

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Why would God – whose voice could

thunder loud across the skies –

choose to tame my stubborn tongue

to lift His message high?

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Why would God Almighty,

thunder’s Maker, lightning’s Lord,

move through subtle promptings,

inner whispers, still small words?

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His holy hand of power channels

through our puny forms,

only by the sinless hands,

once nailed in judgment to a cross

where every one of our hands

for our sins deserved to hang.

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Through Christ’s vicarious sacrifice,

by grace, my life He owns.

His pow’r is put out on display

by claiming my heart’s throne.

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His heart’s delight, His proven way

is taking worthless things,

And finding – in reviving them –

the glory that remaking them will bring.

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The day is coming when His might

will tear the skies in two.

The wicked then will tremble

when, in justice good,

He rights all things anew.

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But until then, His power

moves in quite a different way:

taking hearts – once useless in

their proud and self-taught ways,

And breaking, shaping, building them

to live to give Him praise.

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From worthless branches void of leaves,

and lacking any fruit,

to healthy, vibrant useful lives

connected to the Root.

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Thunder is impressive

and God’s pow’r will be a sight!

But don’t forget His work inside

to rid your heart of pride,

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To turn you from your useless plans,

and bring you to the place

where He can use you to display

His life-redeeming grace.

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He may not part the waters

where you live, or heal the lame,

But He’s bringing hearts – once dead – to life,

through His gospel’s fame.

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Consider that the foretold bursting

of His pow’r again,

will be the coming judgment

 on all wickedness and sin,

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So mercy is at play

in the restraining of His might.

His remnant is not won in full,

and that’s where we come in.

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We take our lives and words

and spread the message of His pow’r –

pow’r to save and pow’r to judge

in His appointed hour.

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Lord, make our lives this useful tool,

a proof of Your great strength,

though cracked, and stained, and dirty,

please reflect in us Your grace!

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