God gave the ten commandments
Upon that mountain high,
But, to have no other gods...
Was that too much for you and I?
For when He wrote, no idols now
Of wood, or stone, or flesh,
Would He alone be our true love
No other be our quest.
As He unveiled, do not misuse
My Name in all you say,
Would we admit some idle words
Are Him, but spelt another way.
When He decreed a sabbath day
Would we make time to rest,
E'er set aside a holy day
So we could praise Him best.
Or, did we keep the fifth command
To honour parents well,
That we may hearken to their wisdom
And live the tale to tell.
Would commandment six be just too hard
To never murder all,
When Jesus said to hate a little
Means, that we all would fall.
Might lust condemn in number seven
When adultery's in the mind,
And in keeping something very little
Do we steal it every time.
False testimony we're bound to do
For truth has many shades,
To lie in speech, in silence too
We're doomed whichever way.
And coveting, well there we're stumped
For every time we gaze,
We wish for such a lovely thing
To liven up our days.
So, why did God upturn us so
With such condemning list?
Oh yes, but here's the greatest joy
We find His law a gift!
A gift, to help us understand
How great a God we have,
Who lives within a heaven pure
One that we sorely crave.
And all these laws He wrote on stone
Were but a set of rules,
To drive us to salvation
Like teachers in a school.
To make us come to realise
There is no good in us,
We cannot keep just one command
So to the Lord must come.
Accept His gift of death for us
Admit our raging guilt,
And give our sin to Jesus Christ
So, He our life can fill.
He said we cannot do it
So in Him we need to be,
Then all His strength, His heart, His mind
Is ours eternally.
Then God will look on you and I
Accepted in the Son,
When all God sees is Christ in us,
We're safe within His love.
Soft whispers from
Derry's Heart Poems © May 2009
Poetry From The Heart
The mind of sinful man is death...the sinful mind is hostile to God.
It does not submit to God's law, nor can it do so.
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,
because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life
set me free from the law of sin and death.
For what the law was powerless to do
in that it was weakened by the sinful nature,
God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man
to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man,
in order that the righteous requirements of the law
might be fully met in us, who do not live according to
the sinful nature but according to the Spirit.
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us,
He redeemed us...through Christ Jesus, so that by faith
we might receive the promise of the Spirit.
Before this faith came, we were held prisoners by the law,
locked up until faith should be revealed.
So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith.
Now that faith has come, we are no longer under the supervision of the law.
I found that the very commandment that was intended
to bring life, actually brought death.
What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?
Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!