An Artist, a Song, Nehemiah 8:10 and a Poem

An Artist, a Song, Nehemiah 8:10 and a Poem

Chris performing live in concert in Nashville,...
Chris performing live in concert in Nashville, Tennessee (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was listening to Chris Tomlin’s song “Holy is the Lord” recently.   I just love the verse derived from Nehemiah 8:10: 

 

We stand and lift up our hands,

For the joy of the Lord is our strength.

We bow down and worship Him now.

How great, how awesome is He.

And together we sing, Everyone sing,

Holy is the Lord, God Almighty.

The earth is filled with His glory.

 

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Here’s a link to watch Tomlin play the song if you’ve never heard it:

 

That line “the joy of the Lord is my strength” does something for me because I know that we all face challenges in life.  They are real, often times difficult and tiresome.  They can sap us of our strength if we let them consume us.  Because we are Christians doesn’t exempt us from trials, in fact, it may do the opposite.  But the “joy of the Lord is our strength.”  I’ve come to realize that in everything we do, we can praise God and glorify him.  We can even praise him through our trials and lamentations.  It happens in the Psalms all the time.  It happened with Job, and with Paul.

 

I’m not a poet by any stretch but sometimes we just have to follow an inspiration when it comes.  Here’s my probably one-and-only poem and it’s based on Nehemiah 8:10.

 

The Joy of the Lord is My Strength

When you can’t seem to get a date; remember, that the joy of the Lord is your strength.

If you can’t sleep and you’re up late; the joy of the Lord is your strength.

 

When you wrestle with your own fate; remember that the joy of the Lord is your strength.

If you try and try to lose weight; the joy of the Lord is your strength.

 

When you doubt getting through that narrow gate; remember, that the joy of the Lord is your strength.

If you strive to be more than great; the joy of the Lord is your strength.

 

When you don’t like your very best traits; remember, that the joy of the Lord is your strength.

If you lack patience and can’t wait; the joy of the Lord is your strength.

 

When you hope and pray for a clean slate; remember that the joy of the Lord is your strength.

If you lack the skills to really debate; the joy of the Lord is your strength.

 

When all you can do is to deflate; remember that the joy of the Lord is your strength.

If you have an abnormal heart rate; the joy of the Lord is your strength.

 

When life seems like one long rain date; remember, that the joy of the Lord is your strength.

If you’re old-fashioned and need an update; the joy of the Lord is your strength.

 

When you’re church has a really high attrition rate; remember that the joy of the Lord is your strength.

If you need an improved emotional state; remember, that the joy of the Lord is still your strength.

 

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2 thoughts on “An Artist, a Song, Nehemiah 8:10 and a Poem”

  1. This is a great poem and I would love to use it in our Church bulletin this Sunday. We are having service this Sunday at a middle school becuase a delivery truck crashed through our building, breaking down the walls, and putting the building out of commission. I was searching for wisdom from the book of Nehemiah but also stumbled upon this and would love permission from the author to use it.
    Prayers,
    Andrew Kiser

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    1. Andrew,

      Yes, you certainly have my permission to use the poem in your bulletin. I have another poem that I recently wrote that contains a line about Nehemiah rebuilding the wall. I will try to post that as well.

      Thanks for reading my BLOG and contacting me!
      Steve

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