Attributes, Poems

Lord, I want a new heart

Lord, I want a new heart

I gave you one

Lord, I want a renewed heart

I gave you my Word

But Lord, I know your Word

But you don’t know me

 

Lord, I need help

I gave you my Spirit

Lord, I don’t see Him

I gave you my people

But Lord, I need a miracle

But you have had one (new birth)

 

Lord, how should I behave with your people?

Like you would with me

Lord, I try and fail, they make it so hard

It’s not them, look at your idols

But Lord, I worship only you, not idols

But you have idols of the heart

 

Lord, show me the idols of my heart

Look at me

Lord, if I look at you, how will I see my idols

That’s the point

But Lord, what will I see?

Glory beyond belief

Goodness without hypocrisy

Grace without measure

Do you want to know more?

 

Yes Lord, please

I am

All-powerful but not capricious

Eternal and transcendent yet compassionate and concerned

Unchanging and infinite yet I reveal myself in simplicity

Incomprehensible yet knowable though undefinable

Holy, unique and distinct but not distant, but only approachable on my terms

Independent, self-existent with the desire to bless man by seeking and allowing them to worship

Purposeful not manipulated by outside motives, what I do is always eternally just, right and good

Omnipresent therefore available

Omniscient therefore never surprised

Righteous yet merciful

Just yet graceful

Good not corrupt or corruptible and incapable of erring

Loving and therefore giving what is best and needed, but wise not always giving you what you want

All-sufficient, needing nothing but desiring your all

All-glorious, most perfect, most awesome yet stoop down to relate to man and share my likeness and image

All-knowing and I want to be known

 

Lord, WOW!

Now you understand

Lord, will knowing this replace the idols in my heart?

Do you love me?

Lord, you know that I do

Then relate in love with my people

But Lord

Do you want to bring me glory?

Yes, Lord

That’s better

What Lord?

Yes

To bring me glory you must know me and love me and love people

 

Lord, I’ll try harder

No

What Lord?

Not effort, surrender

 

Lord, you want me to give up?

No, give in

Give in to me,

My character

My will

My plan

Lord, what will I have to surrender?

All

 

Oh, Lord, I will need your help

Absolutely

Lord, will you help me

You are helpless, I must help you

 

Thank you Lord

Gratitude is a great start to a renewing heart

Lord I need you

Come close

All you need I will supply

 

©Stephen C. Kilgore  2006

Ezekiel 14:1-11

 

 

Author: Steve

Steve Kilgore joined the staff of Calvary Church in Lancaster, PA in the fall of 2002 as the Pastor of Discipleship to facilitate the equipping ministries, which include Adult Bible Fellowship and other adult discipleship ministries, and work with the rest of the education ministries. He currently serves as the Executive Pastor of Ministries with a focus on providing ministries that facility individuals taking intentional Next Steps for growing and participating in the leadership and administrative aspect at Calvary. He has also taught part-time at Lancaster Bible College in the area of Spiritual Formation and New Testament. Prior to coming to Calvary he served in two churches as well as taught part-time at Philadelphia Biblical University. He was born in Dallas, Texas, but spent the first 13 years of his life in Guatemala where his parents were missionaries. It was there at the age of four and a half that Steve placed his faith in Christ as his Savior. Steve received a Bachelor’s degree in Bible from Philadelphia College of Bible and a Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Steve and his wife, Mary Anne, have their two boys, Andrew and Nathan (both in college), and live in East Lampeter Township. Steve lives and ministers by the personal motto, Know what you believe and why, live it, be able to defend it. His hobbies, other than playing with his family, include tinkering with computers, reading, drinking coffee with his wife, playing and watching basketball. Steve and Mary Anne are looking forward to exploring new hobbies as they transition to life as empty-nesters.

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