I am not the most creative, artistic person in the world, but I do respect the value of art to speak beyond what words can express. The use of song, poetry, and even story can speak directly to a person’s heart. It is significant that so much of the Bible is dedicated to poetry. I see tremendous value in the use of song and poetry in sermons. Maybe preaching 3 point with a poem sermons isn’t such a bad idea!
Every great once in a while I get the desire to write something that is just a little more creative. I have written both songs and poems in the past, but I do not consider my ability in these disciplines to be of any great worth. I am however committed to it, partly because I enjoy it, but mostly because I know how powerful it can be in communication. I recently discovered the great Francis Thompson poem The Hound of Heaven, and it inspired me to reflect on my own salvation. In doing so, I wrote this poem.
Amazing grace how sweet the sound
I once was lost, but now I’m found
These words to me so sweet so true
Where would I be if not for You
A life so young could wander far
With paths to shame and wounds that scar
But you o God did not leave me be
Despite my sin gave victory
You sought me out with endless love
Abandoned what you had above
On every nail the hammer rings,
The Cross is the salvation that He brings
Nothing did I do to earn
There’s not enough that I could learn
He called to me with grace so strong
He’s chosen me despite my wrong
The message to my heart did cut
And I could feel it deep in my gut
The call’s effect on me was made
Now I’m saved, I’m saved, I’m saved!