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The Word Quick and Powerful (A John Newton Poem)

14 Mar

The word of Christ, our Lord,
With whom we have to do;
Is sharper than a two-edged sword,
To pierce the sinner through.

Swift as the lightnings blaze
When aweful thunders roll,
It fills the conscience with amaze,
And penetrates the soul.

No heart can be concealed
From his all-piercing eyes;
Each thought and purpose stands revealed,
Naked, without disguise.

He sees his peoples’ fears,
He notes their mournful cry;
He counts their sighs and falling tears,
And helps them from on high.

Though feeble is their good,
It has his kind regard;
Yea, all they would do, if they could,
Shall find a sure reward.

He sees the wicked too,
And will repay them soon,
For all the evil deeds they do,
And all they would have done.

Since all our secret ways
Are marked and known by thee;
Afford us, Lord, thy light of grace
That we ourselves may see.

 
 

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13 responses to “The Word Quick and Powerful (A John Newton Poem)

  1. Karen Pickering

    March 14, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    Missed seeing you. Thanks for the poem.

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    • Levi Thetford

      March 14, 2015 at 7:05 pm

      Hey Karen. You doing ok?

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      • Karen Pickering

        March 14, 2015 at 10:11 pm

        Last week was rough, but am doing better. Starting a new book. “The God Who Forgives” – Writing it for my son. How are you doing?

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        • Levi Thetford

          March 15, 2015 at 9:39 am

          Sounds like a good project. I’m doing well. Thanks for asking.

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  2. SLIMJIM

    March 14, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    Thanks for sharing this

    Liked by 1 person

     
    • Levi Thetford

      March 14, 2015 at 7:26 pm

      My pleasure SJ. You doing ok?

      Liked by 1 person

       
      • SLIMJIM

        March 14, 2015 at 7:28 pm

        Yes; lots have gone on in ministry and I’m learning to trust in Him

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        • Levi Thetford

          March 14, 2015 at 7:35 pm

          Yes, I understand. There is usually much going on that demands our trust. It’s way bigger than we can take care of on our own.

          Liked by 1 person

           
  3. Cynthia Reyes

    March 16, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    Thanks, Levi. How are you?

    Liked by 1 person

     
  4. Elouise

    March 19, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    A kind and cleansing mercy when we yield our hearts.
    Thanks for this beautiful poem from John Newton.
    Elouise

    Liked by 1 person

     

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