Poetry With A Mission

...a thought provoking poetical exercise.


Your Name

“You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses His name” (Exodus 20:7, NIV).

Dear Father up in Heaven, could You please inform me why
Christians take Your name in vain, for many improperly, “Oh my God!” cry.
Could it be they’re unaware that by such they You defame,
For the third Commandment says don’t misuse Your Holy name.

Surely when we use Your name we should treat it with respect,
For according to Your Word, that is one thing You expect.
You’re a very Holy God, an almighty righteous King,
Thus, using Your name wrongly, Your displeasure soon must bring.

It seems that some forget, Lord, You’ve said You’re unchangeable,
So all that’s done regarding You, should still fit Your stated will.
And Your will is conveyed, Lord, very clearly via Scripture,
Where also is presented a very telling picture.

We’re told in Revelation Holy beings fall before You,
So surely fallen mortals even more so such should do.
If the un-fallen beings honour You in such a way,
It’s clear that we must also the same reverence display.

You’re not just a common man, You’re a King enthroned on high,
You, Lord, rule the universe, angels gather at Your cry.
The stars and every planet You command to stay in place,
And You, Lord, the breathe of life, daily grant the human race.

No wonder Heavenly beings prostrate themselves before You,
For they, Lord, are well aware of the honour that You’re due.
They live to exalt You, Lord, and irreverent would not be,
And they treat Your Holy name as reverently as they treat Thee.

Therefore, I sincerely pray You’ll help every Christian see
That taking Your name in vain very deeply offends Thee.
Please help us act like angels who zealously Thee exalt,
And who out of love for Thee, Your name would never assault.

By Lance Landall

“Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be Your name…” (Matthew 6:9, NIV).
“...Holy and awesome is His name…” (Psalms 111:9, NASB).

Taking God’s name in vain is — using it inappropriately; unnecessarily; treating it carelessly; thoughtlessly; irreverently; or falsely.

Which One?

The question could be asked, “Are you a Christian or disciple”?
Or could it be that you are both? And would this your actions tell?
Some Christians being only so in name, but not so a disciple,
For disciples are committed and faithfully do God’s will.

Yes, the disciples heart and mind is like that of God’s above,
Their every thought and action expressing their Saviour’s great love.
For their lives are lived in harmony with their Lord’s will and ways,
They knowing that this example more correctly Christ portrays.

By Lance Landall