Mighty Mercy God loves to “magnify His sovereign strength.” This is the answer to the question John Piper poses in the poem “Mighty Mercy”: Why did God choose such “strange and roundabout” providence “[t]o get Messiah where He must be born?
Zechariah The priests and merchants in the hills, And girls and women at the mills, Had smiled at old man Zach as long As many could recall. “The song!” They’d shout, when he returned to them From duty in Jerusalem, “The song!” For twenty years they’
When Alexander learned his trade In Gadara, the people paid So much for every heaping pail Of pure ground corn, that from the sale Of summer crops alone his tough And toiling father earned enough To last all year, and build a home As fine as any man in Rome That made his living grindi
Elijah lived alone among The hills where once he’d sprung From solid stock in Gilead. He was a Tishbite from his head Down to his leather thongs, and spent His days, except when he was sent On some unhappy errand to Samaria, in prayer; and grew Each day less suited for the earth
A gift from Eli Her mother said, “It’s no concern; When you’re with child you have to learn That ankles which were once quite thin Swell, near the end, like new wine skin; And sandal straps sink as in clay And leave prophetic lines which say The child is near. The ch
Foreknown and destined in the Son About a trillion centuries Before the world was made, and seas Of deep and empty space were not Yet there to make an endless spot For nothingness, nor Gabriel, Nor Lucifer, nor flames of hell, Nor beasts and elders round the throne, But only God the L
Moses A hundred-twenty years the friend Of God! Heart flaming to the end. And in the crystal eyes a fire From what he’d seen of God’s Desire. An unabated strength of soul Had kept his mind and body whole. O, how he longed to lift his rod Once more and watch the arm of God
John the Baptist John the Baptist is in Herod’s jail cell, all alone, in pain with one eye gouged out, when the doubts strike. With faint music from the banquet hall in the distance, John agonizes – a story of the deep darkness of doubt that often accompanies affliction an